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Gadsby Paperback – November 29, 2014
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But what of Wright's story, in its own right? It's a bit of an oddity, not much akin to your standard thrilling horror or action romp. It's about a bustling and philanthropic chap of "about fifty", Gadsby, who hits on a plan to "doll up" his snoozy town, Branton Hills, through co-opting its kids skills and "oomph". It all has a boy-scoutish air about it. Gadsby (who is soon mayor of Branton Hills) again and again draws cash from his town's rich to fund his various plans: a zoo, a radio station, a night-school, a library and what our author must call "a film-show" to maintain his "odd yarn's strict orthography". (Is Gadsby a sly satirical spoof of socialism and rampant municipal output, a cryptic dig at FDR and his ilk? Who knows?)
I didn't mind Gadsby's almost total lack of risk, hazard or conflict. Art, it is always said, should know no dogma. But how many fictions can do without animosity, fighting, iniquity, pain, agony, fatality? Why can our yarns not focus on happy and normal things, on ordinary triumphs and small stumbling blocks? That, and not Gadsby's "strict orthography", may stand as its signal triumph.
But mayhap you think such a book must grow boring, as soon as its gimmick stops amusing.Read more ›
I bought this edition from the publisher (Ramble House / Fender Tucker) in May 2006. I compared it carefully with my copy of the original edition (1939). I was disappointed to find HUNDREDS OF ERRORS in the Ramble House edition -- including some real howlers like "Smiting" (page 164) for "Smiling" (in the original, page 252).
On the whole it appears that this edition (Ramble House / Fender Tucker) was printed from a defective e-text made from a fuzzy photocopy of the original edition. And since there are already a number of defective e-texts on line, it's hard to see why we need one in print.
There's a great old book called Gadsby
that you really have to see
The entire book was written
without a letter "E"
Written as a lipogram
a writing exercise
and it should have won a prize
It hardly got a mention
back in nineteen thirty nine
The author died soon after
with scarcely a history line
In our english language
letter "E" is the most used
How to write this book then
would have me quite confused
You can't use "one"or "three" or "five"
and "seven through ten" taboo
No "Mr." or "Mrs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some reviewers have noted that the storyline is trite, and I can't really argue that, but the story is also relaxing and fun if you want a break and a very light read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bookaholic
Got this for my friend who has been wanting it for years. Shipped right away and a the color isn't girly.Published 4 months ago by Marisa
This is a reprinted public domain essay that feels cheap and rushed. I feel this wasn't properly notified that it would be printed on demand. Seriously. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Starship
This is a cheap print-on-demand version, and it's huge. It's more like a big magazine than a book.Published 10 months ago by Jeffrey J. Wagg
this book was in A4 format – not what I expected for a novel
Great ! It's amazing how a person can write a story without the use of the letter E !Published 16 months ago by John D. Todd
This is a somewhat interesting read, but really only because it is written in English while avoiding that language's most common letter. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Derek Read
I won't speak ill of the book's accomplishment, but this is a remarkably poor quality printing. It seems to be little more that an OCR of the readily available text from an online... Read morePublished 16 months ago by H. Nesse
Book claims not to use the letter e, Has 4 Es on the cover.Published 17 months ago by Michael Rasberry (Razz)