Wednesday, November 09, 2005

a novel without letters

I read the most wonderful book last night, it is called Ella Minnow Pea and is a true adventure of letters and words. It is short, only took me a few hours to read so you English speaking people should be even quicker to read it.
It´s told in letters between people on a fictionary island nation of the shores of South Carolina. It´s almost an utopian society where technology is used sparely and arts and language held in the highest regard. Then one day for reasons I won´t go into (so as not to spoil the fun for you) the high council decide to outlaw the letter "Z" from the language. As you can see it leads to certain caos. Then one by one they outlaw more and more letters from the language. It is a true joy to read the letters between the people as they try to follow this new law and the book is a treasure for everyone that loves words and language. It is also a fable on how power can corrupte and really makes you think about how goverments in general hold power over theire people and how easy it is to abuse.
So, put it on your reading list.


elisabeth said...

sounds excellent. i'll look for it. thanks again dagga! i will always trust your book recommendations after reading The Day of the Triffids, which i just found out was made into a movie, but i don't think it turned out very well. i'm gonna watch it anyway.

Dagga said...

it´s awfull but worth watching its made in the 50´s I think and has a kind of attack of the killer tomatos feel to it, I found 28 days later much more accurate to the feeling in Day of the triffids, it has strong connection to the novel and I suspect that it is done on purpose.