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Postby Fun Doh Mental on Wed Dec 12, 2007 1:28 am

Back in the 1960's a Frenchman wrote an entire novel without using
the letter "e". Later the book was translated into English, keeping the
same plot line, and again without using the letter "e". Some book reviewers never noticed the lack of "e's". The words used were correctly spelled.

I have a copy. The book is called AVoid and the main character
is a person named "Vowl".

The original author always felt that he left an "e" in there somewhere
(pre-wordprocessing) and committed suicide.

Try writing a coherent sentence or paragraph without using any "e's".
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Postby Rainswept on Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:45 am

That sounds suspiciously stupid and probably not valid.
I believe it's time for mankind to set aside the crutch of religion and embrace morality born of reason and truth. Those crutches have long since proven treacherous when the ground gets slippery.
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Avoid Book

Postby Fun Doh Mental on Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:48 am

I first heard about the book on National Public Radio
and purchased a copy at B&N. It's probably out of print now.
The suicide was mentioned on the air.

I do have a copy and can provide the IBSN number if
anyone wants it.
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Postby Rainswept on Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:56 am

I believe it's time for mankind to set aside the crutch of religion and embrace morality born of reason and truth. Those crutches have long since proven treacherous when the ground gets slippery.
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Postby Fun Doh Mental on Wed Dec 12, 2007 3:02 am

Thanks for the Wiki link. Here's an excerpt:

Georges Perec Excerpt

From "A Void"

(one of Haig's favourite passages)
Noon rings out. A wasp, making an ominous sound, a sound akin to a klaxon or a tocsin, flits about. Augustus, who has had a bad night, sits up blinking and purblind. Oh what was that word (is his thought) that ran through my brain all night, that idiotic word that, hard as I'd try to pun it down, was always just an inch or two out of my grasp - fowl or foul or Vow or Voyal? - a word which, by association, brought into play an incongruous mass and magma of nouns, idioms, slogans and sayings, a confusing, amorphous outpouring which I sought in vain to control or turn off but which wound around my mind a whirlwind of a cord, a whiplash of a cord, a cord that would split again and again, would knit again and again, of words without communication or any possibility of combination, words without pronunciation, signification or transcription but out of which, notwithstanding, was brought forth a flux, a continuous, compact and lucid flow: an intuition, a vacillating frisson of illumination as if caught in a flash of lightning or in a mist abruptly rising to unshroud an obvious sign - but a sign, alas, that would last an instant only to vanish for good.

(transl. by Gilbert Adair, who succeeded in preserving the idiosyncracy of the original French... the letter "e" doesnot appear even once in the book!)
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Grog

Postby black bart on Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:34 am

Arrrgh tis a task of no taxashun to a pirut's mind:

Rum, rum, rum, and grog...and a gallon o grog aboard our ship.
The smoke wafted gently in the breeze across the poop deck and all seemed right in the world.
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