Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable
Registered by crimson-tide of Balingup, Western Australia Australia on 10/29/2020
2 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by crimson-tide from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, October 29, 2020
Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island's Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl's fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.
lipogram, n. a written work composed of words selected so as to avoid the use of one or more letters of the alphabet.
pangram, n. a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet
Journal Entry 2 by crimson-tide at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, October 29, 2020
Ella Minnow Pea is one those exceptional books that come out of left field and you just think "wow"!
A political satire based on an absolutely absurd premise, written in such a way that makes it great fun to read. It's also a religious fable, poignant, prescient (published in 2001), and absolutely brilliant in both conception and execution.
The written correspondence between the island's inhabitants as their choice of alphabet letters, and therefore their vocabulary, progressively diminishes is very skilfully done and hilarious to read, while at the same time being a chilling illustration of the effect of despotism on the small island community.
Overall a fantastic book which can't be adequately described and needs to be read.
Do yourself a favour and be delighted with this imaginatively inventive linguistic marvel!
Journal Entry 3 by crimson-tide at Usher, Western Australia Australia on Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Hand delivered to leah152 as a choice from the recent round of the OZ VBB.
I've wanted to read this book for ages, thanks Helen :O)