May 12, 2008
Book for June... Not May, but June.. get it, got it, good!
The Book 0f the month for June:Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn :Ella Minnow Pea' is a delightfully diverting novel filled with wit and imagination. Its lovingly crafted structure is a real breath of fresh air -- one would be hard pressed to find another book like it out there. One must admire Mark Dunn not only for his lively imagination but for his awe-inspiring power over words. It is fun to see how he manages to continue telling his story while avoiding use of a growing number of letters in the alphabet. Never once does his prose sound forced or simple, even after he must resort to using his remaining letters to phonetically sound out his words. The plot (citizens on an island off the coast of the US rebel after their government begins restricting their use of the alphabet) could have easily been silly, cliched and like a poor man's 'Animal Farm' but instead forges out its own solid identity and endears itself to the reader through its inventiveness and wit... The date for our June meeting is Monday, the 30th from 7-9pm.
Meeting places: Aroma Di Roma, 5327 E. 2nd Street, Long Beach, CA 90803 And a our second location at Vint's also on Monday on Second Street, Vint's American Grill 4722 E. 2nd StreetLong Beach, CA 90803... Please come join us... All are welcome if you have read the book.