Saturday, November 01, 2008

Writing with Cryptic Limits

Fans of A Void and Gadsby: Champion of Youth have another book to sink their teeth into. Eunoia is a new book that while not written in quite so strict a form as those other tomes I mentioned, has been written in such a way as to make you ask yourself "Why would anyone do that?"

Each chapter of the book is written using only one vowel.

The text is surprisingly readable, but I doubt I'll do more than read the samples the Beeb has provided. This is more something I'll give props for having done it, but I don't really want to go through the whole result.

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David Barry said...

I've seen some very clever Oulipo poetry (mostly in sonnets), but I don't really see the point of constrained writing in novels.

I'm surprised that the Gadsby Wikipedia article is a lipogram. It's Uncyclopedic.

Esonlinji said...

I was impressed with the entry. It's status as a lipogram is contentious as a look at the talk page will show.

David Barry said...

That is a fantastic talk page.