On the island of Nollop, off the coast of South Carolina, the citizens revel in their incredible hyper-literate status until their world is thrown into chaos. The monument to Nevin Nollop (inventor of the sentence-’The quick brown fox jumps over the moon’) begins to lose its letters-one by one. The almighty council determines that it is the divine wish of the deceased Nollop to cease using each letter as it falls. Citizens are punished for mistakes, learning ceases and neighbor is pitted against neighbor until someone can find a solution to the diminished language and society of Nollop.
This novel combines witty word play, humor and a situation that is truly scary into a fascinating read. It will appeal to readers who enjoy intelligent books, big words and political satire. Think Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Brave New World and Handmaid’s Tale. 2001, 205 pages.