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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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Apr 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

i have scanned other reviews, and most of what other people said - "clever" "fun" "a puzzle" - certainly applies. and perhaps i should scan all the reviews, but i am a little surprised that no one on that first page seems to mention the book being a very succinct little allegory illustrating quite tidily the dangers of creeping fascism.

anyway, i really enjoyed it. unlike others, i was not irked by the sudden introduction of phoneme substitution at the end of the book - it seemed only reasonable that at some point even the council would recognize that communally meaningful communication was virtually impossible without them. what surprised me was what an intense relief it was to get to the letter from ella offering the 32-letter sentence - the one written properly!

"pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs!"
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Karen I don't think I've ever read any other allegory of creeping fascism where the power mad rulers were defeated by someone proving that their basic philosophy was flawed. The philosophy adjustments of Animal Farm seem far more authentic to me.


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