Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea Mark Dunn
  • Title: Ella Minnow Pea
  • Author: Mark Dunn
  • ISBN: 9781596929999
  • Page: 462
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  • Ella Minnow Pea Mark Dunn Ella Minnow Pea An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline Ella Minnow Pea brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over t
    An epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, Ella Minnow Pea brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop, inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog Deified for his achievement in life, Nevin has been honored in death with a monument featuring his famous phrase One day, however, the letter Z falls from theAn epistolary novel set on a fictional island off the South Carolina coastline, Ella Minnow Pea brings readers to the hometown of Nevin Nollop, inventor of the pangram The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog Deified for his achievement in life, Nevin has been honored in death with a monument featuring his famous phrase One day, however, the letter Z falls from the monument, and some of the islanders interpret the missing tile as a message from beyond the grave The letter Z is banned from use.On an island where the residents pride them selves on their love of language, this is seen as a tragedy They are still reeling from the shock when another tile falls And then anotherIn his charming debut, first published in 2001, Mark Dunn took readers on a journey through the eyes of Ella Minnow Pea, a young woman forced to create another clever turn of phrase in order to save the islanders beloved language.
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    About Mark Dunn


    1. Mark Dunn is the author of several books and than thirty full length plays, a dozen of which have been published in acting edition Mark has received over 200 productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian His play North Fork later retitled Cabin Fever A Texas Tragicomedy when it was picked up for publication by Samuel French premiered at the New Jersey Repertory Company NJRC in 1999 and has since gone on to receive numerous productions throughout the U.S Mark is co author with NJRC composer in residence Merek Royce Press of Octet A Concert Play, which received its world premiere at NJRC in 2000 Two of his plays, Helen s Most Favorite Day and Dix Tableaux, have gone on to publication and national licensing by Samuel French His novels include the award winning Ella Minnow Pea, Welcome to Higby, Ibid, the children s novel The Calamitous Adventures of Rodney and Wayne, Under the Harrow and Feral Park Mark teaches creative writing and leads playwriting seminars around the country, in addition to serving as Vice President of the non profit PULA People United for Libraries in Africa , which he founded with his wife, Mary, in 2002 modified bio courtesy of njrep playwrightsm


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    1. Rating 4.9 of fiveThis novel is about the unintended bad, and ridiculous, consequences of a very good idea Nollop, an island off the American mainland, is a society rational and reasonable in its organization and actions Its usage of the English language rests on the existence of the pangram, The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog The founder of Nollop invested the pangram with great significance.And now, in Ella s time, the letters of the pangram start falling off the founder s statue And [...]

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    2. Clever Silly waste of time and paper.A ridiculous book, masquerading as something intelligent and thought provoking There are plenty of far better books that raise issues of totalitarianism, censorship versus free speech, superstition versus science, loyalty to friends and family versus loyalty to the state, the power of language etc in enlightening, entertaining and less gimmicky ways I realise my opinion is very much a minority one, so perhaps I m overanalysing and taking it too seriously SPO [...]

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    3. WARNING This is MY FAVORITE book of all time, so there will be gooing, gushing and shameless pluggery Welcome to Nollop, a quaint, autonomous island that lies quite near Charlotte, SC Though the islanders shun modern technology, they take pride in their educated citizenry Language is practically worshipped here, to the extent that the island is named after native son, Nevin Nollop, the author of the sentence typing students everywhere have come to know and dread For 100 years, a cenotaph honorin [...]

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    4. Ella Minnow Pea LMNOP is a broad satire, which is conspicuous in loudly broadcasting its themes of the consequences of unfettered political power dictated to a country fascism with its resulting creeping loss of rights which become the new normal, as well as neighbourly reporting and ridiculously contrived punishable offences to incite fear and maintain absolute power But once you have that nicely established, you can get down to the idiosyncratic local tale on the island of Nollop, named after [...]

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    5. Ella Minnow Pea is a girl who lives on a small island off the coast of South Carolina This nation state, named Nollop after its founder, seems idyllic Suddenly, for no apparent reason, tiles begin to tumble from Nollop s monument, and the Council interprets these as pardon the pun letters from heaven But the island paradise soon degenerates into a totalitarian regime as hellish as anything conceived by George Orwell.This, as other reviewers have noted, is a parable about the exercise of human ri [...]

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    6. I found this book at the Wilderness Library and very nearly didn t buy it Just looking at the title, the words didn t exactly compute and I thought, hmmm, this book seems kind of silly Then I read A Novel in Letters and my shameless snoop side came out I love, love, love reading books that are comprised of letters, I feel like I m really snooping in someone s mail or diaries, and it makes it so interesting So I picked up Ella and on my way to the car, said the title out loud and the light went o [...]

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    7. Original ReviewGeorges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter e even once Dunn works a similar gimmick by writing this epistolary novel about an island that bans the use of certain letters as these drop off, one by one, from the statute of the creator of the phrase, The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog Z is the first to go, then Q , then J Things get really difficult, however, when D falls off Speech, indeed communication of any kind, gets increasingly difficult as the island s Coun [...]

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    8. Dunn s first novel is a book of letters in senses than one It is a fairly traditional epistolary, yes, but it also toys with the letters of the alphabet the wordy citizens of the island nation of Nollop are zealously engaged in creating pangrams pithy sentences that contain each letter of the alphabet in tribute to their founder Nevin Nollop, who authored The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog, the original pangram displayed in ceramic tiles on his statue in the public square But things go [...]

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    9. This book has been on my to read list for a long time It sounded interesting a book in which the characters revere language and the alphabet, and when letters fall from the statue that celebrates their culture, they are also dropped from the novel.I m pleased to report, first of all, that this book is wholesome, despite being on the national market and not just the LDS one so many books I ve picked up this year I ve had to return to the library, unread.And this book is good to boot It s like pus [...]

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    10. An inventive epistolary and lipogrammatic novel mixing the prisoner s constraint, pangrams, and neologisms to form an Oulipian feast Perhaps a little Oulipo lite Perhaps But the prose is impressive and despite the partial cheat towards the end using phonetic sounds for words the lipogram is successful and the plot something of a statement about censorship and the privilege we have in the West to use our language to express whatever we wish and abuse this on a word by word basis As someone who ha [...]

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    11. A post apocalyptic book club selection which is technically not post apocalyptic, but we are flexible like that Ella Minnow Pea posits an independent island nation somewhere off the coast of North Carolina The villagers there have opted for a simple life, embracing old fashioned, small town values 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 over the lazy dog A mo [...]

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    12. I loved this perky, word exacting fable it was a quick read a touch zany at times but thoroughly enjoyable And yes, I did intentionally use all the letters of the alphabet in the first sentence It is, admittedly, harder than it seems.The book is in the form of letters written among the inhabitants of a small island nation who prize, above all, their literary and vocabulary skills When letters begin to fall from the city s motto The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog , the city council takes [...]

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    13. Clever, totally fun read about an isolated utopian community dedicated to the celebration of the English language As lettered tiles drop off an old monument in the town square, the governing body interprets it is a supernatural sign that each letter should be removed from all spoken and written language The verbal acrobatics that ensue is entertaining This is also a satire of the ludicrous attempts to censure language and ban ideas and the small minded autocrats that enact such policies.

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    14. Ella Minnow Pea starts as a cute, light hearted book about a fictional country that idolizes Nevin Nollop, the man who discovered the pangram The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dogs Written in the form of letters between townsfolk, the tale turns to fear as letters from Nollop s famous line begin falling off a statue erected to his honor The Island Council decrees it is the will of Nollop dead for nearly a century for his people to no longer use those letters Any one found using them would [...]

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    15. Indeed this was fast, interesting read but from time to time extremely challenging Namely my level of English is not on such a high level to be able to fully absorb what this lovely novel offers There were so many words I never heard before so in spite the fact I could catch the context I wanted to know their exact meaning Therefore I had to have dictionary beside me also English English one But in spite hard physical work this read was really enjoyable The idea is incredibly original and truth, [...]

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    16. This delightful little epistolary novel passed away a few hours in the train very pleasantly indeed But it should not be under estimated merely because it is short, fun and easy to read It consists of the correspondence between various members of a community that live on a fictional island off the south west coast of the USA Their culture is one of letters, of written correspondence, in a somewhat anachronistic formal style that takes delight in the polysyllabic Imagine therefore their dismay wh [...]

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    17. It wasn t until I told someone, out loud, what I was reading that I realized the title, Ella Minnow Pea, really sounded like the LMNOP of the alphabet song Now, of course, I have no idea how I missed it Ella Minnow Pea LMNOP Obvious So obvious I wonder what else I missed Such a clever title Such a clever book.Ella Minnow Pea resides on the fictional island of Nallop, off the South Carolina shore, where all the residents are brought up in reverence of syntax and language The founder and most cele [...]

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    18. This book blew my mind I had not expected what I got.The writing first of all is amazing, especially as it gets challenging as the story progresses.The story itself touches so many aspects that it is unbelievable that this book is so short.The format of only including letters is perfect, as it shows the effect of the changes and the struggles and hardship of the people a lot better than any other form of narration could.This is a fast read that will impress you and leave you thinking long after [...]

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    19. Book Number Two in the Husband and Wife aka Tyler and Kate Book Club Hugely successful We both loved it Wonderfully creative 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 A thoughtful tale, and a joy to read Highly recommended to all my friends who love language and letters both epistolary and alphabetical

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    20. At some point in my review, or the comments, or maybe in the comments on MJ Nicholls review I refer to Foer s new book as an attempt to mass market the avant garde I mean some people hate this, I think these are the same people that are annoyed about the twilight gets teenagers to read argument Well I for one am a big fan of all of the ways that we are attempting to expand people s minds I don t think people who are seriously literary should forgo the avant garde or read twilight in place of bet [...]

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    21. My god this is what I hate about hype I was so looking forward to reading this book I thought what a cute idea my voice actually squealed a bit and what a great cover and I m an idiot I should know enough by now to not let my hopes get so high Stupidupid stooopid.Okay, it s a cool idea Really The whole revering the language but also revering a man who came up with a sentence that doesn t really revere the language because it s celebrating creating a pangram Yadda yadda yaddaI thought it would be [...]

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    22. 2 stars Meh Just ok.The concept of this novel, a progressively lipogrammatic epistolary fable, is very creative and it had to be incredibly tedious and challenging for the author to write Unfortunately, the execution of the concept resulted in an implausible and rather dull story On the other hand, it s worth picking up if interested as it is an extremely fast read being short and epistolary you can read the whole book in less than 2 hours Favorite Quote N A.First Sentence Dear Cousin Tassie, Th [...]

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    23. i have scanned other reviews, and most of what other people said clever fun a puzzle certainly applies and perhaps i should scan all the reviews, but i am a little surprised that no one on that first page seems to mention the book being a very succinct little allegory illustrating quite tidily the dangers of creeping fascismyway, i really enjoyed it unlike others, i was not irked by the sudden introduction of phoneme substitution at the end of the book it seemed only reasonable that at some poin [...]

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    24. Every once in a while, a broad, far reaching concept can be scaled down and illustrated beautifully through simple, subtle story telling as in parables and fables This is one such example.There s no real need to try to tell anyone the story behind this self proclaimed novel of letters If you re a readerjust dive in and enjoy It s fresh, clever, and fun It s like reading a book and playing Scrabble at the same timeimming a newspaper while doing a crossword puzzle It s a wild, brilliant ride, and [...]

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    25. I think I need to start a weird bookshelf Clever and fun to read, but the pull of the gimmick doesn t last long Thankfully, it s a short book.

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    26. Ella Minnow Pea is, obviously, about censorship It s also about mob mentality, about standing up for what s right before events get out of hand, about the corrupting nature of power, and about religious fundamentalism And it s about word puzzles Ella Minnow Pea is mostly written as a lipogram, entirely avoiding using one and later, than one letter of the alphabet It s also epistolary, written as a series of letters Quite a lot to put on one small book Does it hold up For the most part.Dunn is p [...]

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    27. I needed to engage my sense of humor on this, and I admit at first it didn t come into play The first letter gone missing was the Z Was there no one on the island named Elizabeth Eventually, however, I got into the mood of the thing The Islanders became quite creative in both their choice of words and their spelling Toward the end, the spelling was almost beyond creative I thought of the gibberish I complained of in Cloud Atlas Fortunately, this gibberish was very, very short I had expected to b [...]

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    28. This book came up in my timeline and I realized that I had rated but never reviewed it What is there to say Every time I come across my copy, or see it mentioned anywhere, I smile It just makes me happy As someone who loves books, and words in general, this book is a jewel.

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    29. Colossal waste of time I cannot believe this book was on a list of must reads Heed my warning Idiotic prose at best.

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    30. Ella Minnow Pea follows a town where letters are slowly being banned as they stop from a statue It s fun and it s clever The amount of puns and linguistical jokes in here is awesome I appreciated visually seeing the prose become sparser Honestly, I can t imagine writing a book like this, and I m really impressed by the author s talent Don t mistake this for just a simple gimmick the author also incorporates a message about religion and banning books in here The town council s fanaticism is well [...]

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