Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

by Mark Dunn | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385722435 Global Overview for this book
Registered by needmorezoloft of Detroit, Texas USA on 1/7/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by needmorezoloft from Detroit, Texas USA on Monday, January 07, 2008
Editorial Reviews

“There’s the whiff of a classic about Ella Minnow Pea.” —The Christian Science Monitor

“A love letter to alphabetarians and logomaniacs everywhere.” --Myla Goldberg

“A curiously compelling . . . satire of human foibles, and a light-stepping commentary on censorship and totalitarianism.” --The Philadelphia Inquirer

“This exceptional, zany book will quickly make you laugh.” --Dallas Morning Herald

Book Description
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.

*pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet


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Journal Entry 3 by butterfly-noir from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, May 05, 2008
the book arrived some time ago. thank you very much nmz.

I didnt follow trhough it most of the indicisives groups so it made my a bit guilty to get this one. but I'll be sending you a book soon


Journal Entry 4 by Xeyra from Seixal, Setúbal Portugal on Saturday, November 08, 2008
And it's with me, after a great BOer meeting in Lisbon. I'm really looking forward to reading it! Thanks, butterfly!

Journal Entry 5 by Xeyra at Palmela, Setúbal Portugal on Sunday, April 24, 2011
I'd heard about this book at least a couple of years ago but only recently had the opportunity to finally read it. I'm so glad I did because this is probably one of the most original and creative novels I've ever read. The author's sheer brilliance in the way the story is set up and the way the writing is done as letters are progressively removed from use was really amazing.

For a non-native english speaker, at one point trying to match phonetic words to their properly written counterparts could get difficult but it was also nicely challenging.

Loved it.

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