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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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Ella Minnow Pea Reader’s Guide

The novel also addresses the e,la of freedom of speech. The language-idyll that was Nollop becomes a totalitarian nightmare almost overnight. He has received several national playwriting awards and is currently playwright-in-residence with the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Community Theatre League in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

A Novel in Letters”. I very much enjoyed the deadpan humor of the story, and the allegory concerning the methods that can be used for the gradual erosion of people’s rights is smooth – and spot-on. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Review Of Contemporary Fiction. They sing it into the hills, our ears ringing with its scissoresonance. The writing first of all is amazing, especially as it gets more challenging as the story progresses. The book reads as an interesting commentary on politics and religion.


Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – Reading Guide – : Books

It is, admittedly, harder than it seems. 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 laz A post-apocalyptic book club selection which is technically not post-apocalyptic, but we are flexible like that. It will hardly be missed. Even religious fundamentalism gets a swipe since the Council treat Nollop, the phrase’s creator, as–well–a Creator.

You’ll take my letters when you pry them from my cold dead hands! Religious fanaticism destroys all it touches, undermining the very language Nollop was acclaimed to have loved.

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters

Her view of the issue quickly changes when her family is directly affected by the law, when her son, Timmy is shipped away. Trivia About Ella Minnow Pea: Amos is Ella’s father. The people are very well-spoken and use English richly.

The ella is an epistolary novel, so as the citizens stop using these letters, so does the author, until we get down to a bunch of gibberish. Therefore I had to have dictionary beside me also English-English one. Jul 25, Irene rated it really liked it. In fact we learn surprisingly little about the politics of Nollop.

Town and village people are banished after three violations; the councillors now call themselves “The Pentapriests” in respect of the lost letters. She is a very strong woman who instills the qualities of determination and hope in her daughter.


Mark has received over productions of his work for the stage throughout the world, with translations of his plays into French, Italian, Dutch and Hungarian.

Orwell will be epla soon. It’s a wild, bri 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.

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – Teacher’s Guide – : Books

The personal letters exchanged between the residents are both hilarious and heartbreaking, as the writers attempt to cope with their dwindling alphabet: It was very predictable, but at the same time, it wasn’t. All over town people hesitate, stammer, fumble for ways to express themselves, gripgrasping about for linguistic concoctions to serve the simplest of purposes. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. This, as other reviewers have noted, is a parable about the exercise of hum Ella Minnow Pea is a girl who lives on a small island off the coast of South Carolina.

For language lovers, I’ve no doubt this book would be a delight.