CH/Durham Book Discussion September

We'll be reading Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
This months theme is Literary Constraint - Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the island’s Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.

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  • jaimee

    We met last night at Cuban Revolution to discuss the book Ella Minnow Pea. We had 10 folks make it out, and the conversation covered the book's theme and underlying tones, the "moral of the story" people found in it and who they felt the council represented. Our group relayed real life experiences and personal perspectives that gave this book a greater depth and had everyone questioning the direction of government or "big brother" and the relationship between technology and literacy today.

    The book selection for October was announced:
    Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, and the meeting will be on the CH side this month.

    We also had a group member announce that he was launching a book group in Raleigh that would be geared towards literature that should be read by every man at some point in their lifetime. Feel free to email me and I will get more information for you.

    September 25, 2013

  • Beth L

    See you all tomorrow evening at Cuban Revolution to discuss Ella Minnow Pea!

    1 · September 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do you usually meet? In one another's homes? A coffee shop or restaurant? What town? Where is this one going to meet?

    September 7, 2013

    • Beth L

      We switch between Durham and Chapel Hill - this month we'll be on the Durham side of town. Generally we meet at local restaurants and bars but have met at members houses in the past. Once we choose a location in Durham, we'll update the event info! If you have any suggestions, let me know :)

      September 7, 2013

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