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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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Nov 22, 07

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Read in December, 2002

originally subtitled "a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable," mark dunn's brilliantly conceived and cleverly written ella minnow eea is a logophile's dream novel. composed entirely of letters, this is the playful story of nollop, a fictional island named for nevin nollop, creator of the popular pangram, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." having erected a statue to honor his achievement, the island's council then begins to ban the use of certain letters as they fall, one by one, from the memorial's facade. ella, confronted with the encroaching totalitarianism of the council, urges the island's residents to resist the decree and rebel against the enforced censorship. though quaint and lighthearted on its surface, this parable quietly addresses the issues of tyranny, unchecked bureaucracy, freedom of speech, and the responsibility of citizenship.
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