Monday, February 27, 2006

Ella Minnow Pea

"A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable"

This book was a fun read. I finished it a week or so ago.

This story was so fictional that it wasn't believable as I was reading it. However, it was still fun to read! A very fictional island country pays their respects to the man who invented the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" (which uses all the letters of the alphabet) with a statue and that sentence over it in tiles. The tiles, which have been on the statue for one hundred years, start falling, and in order to respect the founder of their island country, the people are not allowed to use the letters that have fallen. They cannot speak or write with the letters that have fallen.

Eliminating "Z" isn't so hard, but as the letters keep falling, the people have more and more troubles. The tiles eventually dwindle to L, M, N, O, and P. (Say "Ella Minnow Pea".)

Because this book is written in letter format, it is interesting to see how the townspeople adapt to not using the letters that are not allowed.

5 comments:

Sara1977 said...

Oh, that sounds neat!

Steph said...

i gotta get this book. sounds like a fun read!

Dell (PrairieDell) said...

That book looks fun! SThanks for sharing it!

rlhilliard said...

It does sound interesting. Another book I found interesting was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Clever title and interesting to read. It is from the perspective of an autistic person.

Holly said...

I want to get this book, but if I go to the library, I'm going to be in trouble! I borrowed some tapes for the kids, and they lost them.:-(