A Story of over 50,000 words without using the letter ‘e’

Gadsby:

THE ENTIRE MANUSCRIPT of this story was written with the E type-bar of the typewriter tied down; thus making it impossible for that letter to be printed. This was done so that none of that vowel might slip in, accidentally; and many did try to do so!

There is a great deal of information as to what Youth can do, if given a chance; and, though it starts out in somewhat of an impersonal vein, there is plenty of thrill, rollicking comedy, love, courtship, marriage, patriotism, sudden tragedy, a determined stand against liquor, and some amusing political aspirations in a small growing town.

In writing such a story, —purposely avoiding all words containing the vowel E, there are a great many difficulties. The greatest of these is met in the past tense of verbs, almost all of which end with “—ed.” Therefore substitutes must be found; and they are very few. This will cause, at times, a somewhat monotonous use of such words as “said;” for neither “replied,” “answered” nor “asked” can be used. Another difficulty comes with the elimination of the common couplet “of course,” and its very common connective, “consequently ;” which will’ unavoidably cause “bumpy spots.” The numerals also cause plenty of trouble, for none between six and thirty are available. When introducing young ladies into the story, this is a real barrier; for what young woman wants to have it known that she is over thirty? And this restriction on numbers, of course taboos all mention of dates.

(via Clusterflock)

American Gods

I’m about halfway through Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and am having difficulty putting it down to do things like work, eat, sleep, etc..

What I really love about it at the moment is even though I’m at the midpoint of the book and the main plot is still obscured, (which works out well since Shadow, the protagonist, doesn’t really know what’s going on either) Gaiman’s storytelling ability manages to keep my attention even when the characters are doing little more than eating in a diner.

Other books I’m reading at the moment.

Complete Works of Shakespeare (Currently reading “As You Like It”)

William Shirer’s Rise and Fall of the Third Reich which I read about fifteen years ago and thought I would give it an encore. I have Shirer’s Berlin Diary coming in from Amazon which will go well with the Rise and Fall.

And finally, I’m re-reading Huckleberry Finn.

And you?