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Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn - Book Review

by Mark Dunn

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Review by  Elspeth(408) on 10/03/2004

This is the book I mentioned on the writing exercise thread, which is set on an island where 'The Quick Brown Fox...' sentence is idolised and set in a monument in the centre of town.

However, one by one, letters from the sentence mysteriously fall and smash on the ground. Once a letter has fallen, it is removed from all written and spoken language by law, with severe punishments for anyone who breaks the rules.

Told in a series of letters, this charming story is a fascinating look at how these events affect a very literary and erudite community. It also shows just how important language is to us, both as a mode of personal expression and as a political right.

It doesn't take itself too seriously and it's a fun read for anyone who enjoys Scrabble!




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