Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel In Letters

by Mark Dunn
208 pages

Genre: Utopia

A beautiful display of language and imaginative notion. Utopian/Dystopian concepts are intriguing and a joy for me to read. Through letters written by Nollopian citizens, readers are instantly transported to a place so very similiar, yet extremely different, from their own. It's quite a trip.
Imagine, a society built on language, and having that prized and praised privilege taken away piece by piece. Through this diversity, they continue on, with honor and dignity.
"Ella Minnow Pea" is a true testament of strength and perseverance. Dunn's work was enjoyable from beginning to end. I found particular interest in the novel's potential for multiple interpretations: totalitarianism, freedom of speech, religion, and standing up for one's beliefs--to name a few. "Ella Minnow Pea" was a true pleasure to read.

Score: 4.5

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

About the Reviews

The books are randomly chosen.
Some are recommended by friends or the girl at the Borders counter.
Others I picked because I like the author or the cover caught my eye.
Genre is also provided, for those who are genre-biased.
Each book is scored on a scale of 5.0 -- 5.0 being the best, of course.

Happy Reading!!