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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
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Mar 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: contemporary-fiction
Read in June, 2005

Dunn's first novel is an impressive work of art that shows an amazing love for words and language. On the nearly Utopian island of Nollop, named after the creator of the pangram "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog", Ella's picture perfect life begins to fall apart as letters from the alphabet are banend from use when they fall off the plaque on a statue of the town's namesake. This cleverly crafted novel told entirely in correspondence is partly a government satire, partly a literary challenge (as the fallen letters disappear from the statue, they disappear from the books as well), partly a celebration of the freedom of expression. All these parts equal a wholely great time!
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