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Description'Eunoia', which means 'beautiful thinking', is the shortest word in the English language to contain all five vowels. This book also contains them all, but never at the same time. Each of Eunoia's five chapters is univocalic: that is, each chapter uses only one vowel. A triumphant feat, seven years in the making, this uncanny work of avant-garde literature is one of the most surprising and awe-inspiring books of the year. A challenging feat of composition and technical skill, Bok has worked this into a series of compelling narratives and rhythms. Writing is inhibiting. Sighing, I sit, scribbling in ink this pidgin script. I sing with nihilistic witticism, disciplining signs with trifling gimmicks - impish hijinks which highlight stick sigils. Isn't it glib? Isn't it chic?
- Published: 06 November 2008
- Format: Hardback 112 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847672391 ISBN 10: 1847672396
- Sales rank: 145,497
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Reviews for Eunoia
Brilliant. The work is a "univocal lipogram, in which each chapter restricts itself to the use of a single vowel" (103). (Eunoia, by the way, is the shortest word in English to contain all five vowels; the word literally means "beautiful thinking.") As one can imagine, telling a story that makes any semblance of sense while limiting oneself to a single vowel is no easy feat: the author spent seven years in the process! Chapter "E" is a retelling of the Iliad. I've requested another book from the library out of curiosity: George Perec's *Void,* translated from the French by Gilbert Adair. Neither the French original nor the English translation employ the letter "e"! by Steve Gump