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ISBN13: 9780385722438
ISBN10: 0385722435
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Originally subtitled "A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable," Mark Dunn's brilliantly conceived and cleverly written Ella Minnow Pea 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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Ella Minnow Pea is an epistolary novel set in the fictional island of Nollop situated off the coast of South Carolina and home to the inventor pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog. Now deceased, the islanders have erected a monument to honor their hero, but one day a tile with the letter "z" falls from the statue. The leaders interpret the falling tile as a message from beyond the grave and the letter is banned from use. On an isalnd where the residents pride themselves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy. They are still reeling from the shock, when another tile falls and then another?

Mark Dunn takes us on a journey against time through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea and her family as they race to find another phrase containing all the letters of the alphabet to save them from being unable to communicate.

Review:

"A treasure of a novel. Dunn has an incredibly fascinating and clever way of using the English language, with or without all the letters of the alphabet. This witty satire and moving fable is a must-read for everyone who loves words... and free speech!" Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM

Review:

"There's the whiff of a classic about Ella Minnow Pea." The Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"A love letter to alphabetarians and logomaniacs everywhere." Myla Goldberg

Review:

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

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"This exceptional, zany book will quickly make you laugh." Dallas Morning Herald

Review:

"Ella Minnow Pea is a witty fable, but it's also a satire about censorship among other things....[T]he book should give us plenty to think about." Detroit Free Press

Synopsis:

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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About the Author

Mark Dunn is the author of more than twenty-five full-length plays. Belles and Five Tellers Dancing in the Rain have together received over 150 productions throughout the world, and Dunn has been the recipient of several national playwriting awards. He is currently playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Originally from Memphis, he now lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Mary. Ella Minnow Pea is his first novel.

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Margaret Rowlands, September 26, 2010 (view all comments by Margaret Rowlands)
Mark Dunn is a master wordsmith! The story, told through letters, of the craziness on one small country’s leaders and how the regular people tried to handle it.
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Gypsi, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Ella Minnow Pea was written as a series of letters and notes and therefore was a quick, easy read--only took me a day and a half. I highly recommend it to fellow logophiles, as it had interesting, witty and subtly humorous word usage.

It's about a small nation that (for reasons better explained by the book) loses the use of certain letters of the alphabet, one at a time. As the letters become unavailable in the story, they disappear in the writing as well.

It did get a little tough to read for the last few pages, when the letters were very scarce and the words spelled phonetically, but it was well worth finishing.
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crazyshells219, April 28, 2010 (view all comments by crazyshells219)
a fun and quirky novel, fun to read and imagine the fictional island off the coast of South Carolina.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385722438
Author:
Dunn, Mark
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fables
Subject:
South carolina
Subject:
Islands
Subject:
Communal living
Subject:
Epistolary fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
107-328
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.40x.59 in. .52 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Originally subtitled "A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable," Mark Dunn's brilliantly conceived and cleverly written Ella Minnow Pea 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.

"Review" by , "A treasure of a novel. Dunn has an incredibly fascinating and clever way of using the English language, with or without all the letters of the alphabet. This witty satire and moving fable is a must-read for everyone who loves words... and free speech!"
"Review" by , "There's the whiff of a classic about Ella Minnow Pea."
"Review" by , "A love letter to alphabetarians and logomaniacs everywhere."
"Review" by , "A curiously compelling...satire of human foibles, and a light-stepping commentary on censorship and totalitarianism."
"Review" by , "This exceptional, zany book will quickly make you laugh."
"Review" by , "Ella Minnow Pea is a witty fable, but it's also a satire about censorship among other things....[T]he book should give us plenty to think about."
"Synopsis" by , 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

"Synopsis" by , US
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