I just finished “Ella Minnow Pea” by Mark Dunn. It was amazing! But first I want to comment on “A Clockwork Orange”. I’m getting the movie version really soon through netflix! =D Even before you mentioned Holden I was thinking that the book sounded a lot like “Catcher in the Rye”. I hope it’s better though because I didn’t like most of “Cather in the Rye”…the last half was better than the first but the book as a whole was a bit whiney.
“Ella Minnow Pea” was marvelous! The whole book was written in letters and the letters got more and more difficult to write. The people live on the facetiousness island of Nollop named after Nevin Nollop, the author of the sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” which is made up of 35 letters and contains every letter of the alphabet. The sentence is immortalized in tiles along with a statue of Nevin Nollop. The statue is 100 years old in the book and the tiles begin to fall and as the tiles fall, the letters become outlawed.
As you know, I am really fond of dystopia books and this one was really good! As the letters began to disappear, so did the people who lived on the island. Either they didn’t want to stay or they got banished for speaking and writing the outlawed letters. Towards the end of the book, the letters got a little difficult to understand because they began to use different combinations of letters to formulate words that would otherwise be outlawed.
There is also love in the book and insanity and general mayhem…so I really enjoyed it. =D
p.s. Besides our initials, I used the letter “G” ten times. =]