Ella Minnow Pea is a novel by Mark Dunn. The full title of the hardcover version is Ella Minnow Pea: a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, while . Playwright Dunn tries his hand at fiction in this “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable,” and the result is a novel bursting with creativity, neological mischief. 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.

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Playwright Dunn tries his hand jinnow fiction in this “progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable,” and the result is a novel bursting with creativity, neological mischief and clever manipulation of the English language. It was a really quick read, with a ton of clever add-ins that make you smile! Love-letters to the English language and the human spirit, and also a cautionary tale on the dangers of wearing blinders in politics and religion.


How might this book be different if it had a single narrator and point of view? While I’m laughing my head off at the part where they lose the D and have to invent new days of the week.

In a letter to her cousin, Tassie, island dweller Ella notes that it is just a funny little letterafter all. The story itself is farcical but told well, the use of letters as the narrative device largely keeps the pace up. Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina.

His farewell letter to Ella and his wife contains the sentence that eventually frees Nollop from the rules and regulations concerning the use of restricted letters. As someone who loves books, and words in general, this book is a jewel.

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

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Forced to choose from a gradually shrinking pool of words, the novel’s protagonists—a family of islanders—seek ways to communicate without employing the forbidden letters. The fulsome language of Ella, writing to her cousin Tassie about this, includes “words” familiar only within their island culture.

He also commits a third offense and is banished. Not only does he propose a challenge to find the sentence, he himself participates and searches for the sentence that will free the citizens of Nollop. Is it fair to treat a book as fanciful as this one as a document of totalitarianism?

View all 23 comments. If so, what would its moral be? Ella Minnow Pea is mostly written as a lipogram, entirely avoiding using one and later, more than one letter of the alphabet.

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People are being killed and burnt alive because of these lies. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. By the end of the novel, most of the island’s inhabitants have either been banished or have left of their own accord. The only way to restore the once utopic Nollop to sanity is to create another pangram, shorter than the first.

They live in a sort of literary paradise, where the written word is highly regarded and mass media, Maark, and schlock have not debased life. More By and About This Author.

She is a teacher at the local elementary school. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The author, Mark Dunn, brilliantly uses the English language in its most advanced form.

I don’t think people who are seriously literary should forgo the avant-garde or read twilight in place of better literature, but I do think interspersing them with other books is reasonable and they help those people who haven’t realized books are fun to develop their elka snob status. The only question is: Refresh and try again. Dick; Camp Concentration by Thomas M.

I had expe I needed to engage my sense of humor on this, and I admit at first it didn’t come into play.

I cook the words, serve them up, devour them greedily. Why is this an appropriate memorial?


The most sinister change in the way war is perceived springs from what two years ago seemed to be a wholly positive development. Welcome to Nollopa quaint, autonomous island that lies quite near Charlotte, SC.

The Council passes a law against uttering words containing the letter; punishment for violating their strictures can lead to banishment and even death. Supporters of unfettered free speech seem unwilling to grapple with or even admit its darker, less savoury consequences, seemingly preferring instead to pretend that these don’t exist. How many in the WEIRD countries are aware of the tragedy sweeping through Myanmar right now because radical Buddhists have been spreading lies about their fellow Muslims citizens?

For it stands to rob us of the freedom to communicate without any manner of fetter or harness. And as many poets have noted, placing voluntary restrictions on how one writes may paradoxically liberate what one writes. They created a monument to the man who wrote the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”, which is a sentence that has all the letters of the alphabet.

He is willing to pose as “an old family friend” of the Purcys and use his knowledge and resources to help the people of Nollop find a logical solution to the “forbidden letter fiasco. They’re governed by a town council, and revere the fictional historical character of Nevin Nollop, supposedly the originator of the pangrammatic phrase, “The quick brown fox jumps minow the laz A post-apocalyptic book club selection which is technically not post-apocalyptic, but we are flexible like that.

But, as with most ideas, this turns out to be more theory than fact. Jul 25, Rebecca rated it really liked it Shelves: This page was last edited on 5 Octoberat What elements of the novel seem comical or lighthearted?

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