Book Review: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Ella Minnow Pea is one of my all time favorite books.  It is am epistolary novel – one that is written entirely as a series of letters between the characters.  The play on words there – “letters” – is that it is a story about an island nation which is banning letters from the alphabet.  Punishment for using banned letters is progressively worse, up to banishment or death.

Mark Dunn’s humor and cleverness was amusing all the way through the book.  Just the notion of a society who’s hero is Nevin Nollop – the creator of the phrase “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.”  Chaos ensues when one letter at a time falls off the town center cenotaph falls off and the town council views it as a sign from God Nollop.  Each time a letter drops from the cenotaph, it is banned from usage.  Each correspondence is written following the current law, and as the plot progresses there are fewer and fewer letters in each correspondence.

Love this book!

Title:              Ella Minnow Pea
Author:        Mark Dunn
Date:             2001
Pages:           206 pages
ISBN:            0385722435
Difficulty:   4-Day*

*I am not a quick reader, and I do have a life that steals my attention away from books, postcards, and mail in general.  Use that as the gauge.

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