I just finished reading Mark Dunn's Ella Minnow Pea. It was truly an interesting tale written in the style of letters between friends and family (much like The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). Here's what I posted on Goodreads:
It's a cute tale about the fictional island of Nollop, which was named for Nevin Nollop who supposedly penned the pangram: the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog. As letters fall off the cenotaph below Nollop's statue, the high council decrees them abolished, too. Slip-ups bring punishment and eventually banishment from the island. Few Nollopians remain to stand up to these stringent measures and censures, but one who does is Ella Minnow Pea. She is integral to finding another shorter pangram before time runs out. The story is told through letters that get progressively more interesting to read.
What I didn't add to my Goodreads feed was that, at times, it was a bit scary the way the members of the High Council began to create a society that was losing its language by removal of its letters because of their rather fascist decrees. Their punishments were reminiscent of those seen during the Salem witch trials; the reporting of infractions seemed not unlike those seen during Hitler's reign. This novel on one level was lightweight, but on another, it was highly provocative and thoughtful.
By the way, a pangram is a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet at least once.
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