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Billy’s Blog – A Void

July 11th, 2009 · 8 Comments

A Void - Georges PerecAs I commented on Billy’s blog (Billy’s Lines of Gibberish) I’m always learning new and interesting facts from many of the posts that he writes.  His latest post happens to be about the French writer, Georges Perec who wrote a 300 page novel back in 1969 called La Disparition which was translated into English as A Void .

I’m sure the novel is interesting in itself, but what I find so fascinating is, it was written without using the letter ‘E’ at all!  Think about it!  Writing 300 pages and not using the most commonly used letter in the alphabet is a feat in and of itself!!!  If you don’t believe me, just try typing one or Georges Perectwo sentences without using an ‘e’ and you’ll soon see that it’s not as easy as it sounds!

Billy was going to write his post without using one, but soon realized it was going to take some time and effort!  I wrote two comments on his blog, not using the ‘e’ and that took some thinking on how to word it so I could convey the meaning, and yet be grammatically correct.

Maya M….: Okay! So now it’s your turn to try your hand at saying what you want to say and omitting that tiny symbol that most of us can not do without!  Pop along to Billy’s Blog for additional information on said author and info on this topic.  Now that wasn’t so difficult,…. but this is not how I would normally say things!

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Tags: Books and Reviews · Miscellaneous

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Deena // Jul 11, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I didn’t think it was hard until I actually couldn’t say what I thought about saying and had to abandon it four x’s! LOL!

  • 2 Lynn // Jul 12, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I know, but you did and that’s what counts, so good for you! Haha!

  • 3 Billy // Jul 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Lynn — Thank you, I am glad you find that my blog is worth having a look. That book is truly a good book, not only for this continuous lack of our ABC list’s fifth sign, but also as a fun story, a plot that is not boring at all. You should think of having a look on it in my opinion (as you might on any book by G.P. in fact, this guy was brilliant).

    Oh, also… Congratulations for not using that taboo sign in your blog’s last part! I saw nothing at first, although I found it was a bit odd. You did not call this part though, as you always do. I got it thanks to that hint, and it is obvious, as soon as you know. My proposal: you could call this part ‘Maya thinks’ for this only occasion, what do you think?

  • 4 Cid // Jul 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I had a go of it, as you said, it’s not as obvious as it looks (or sounds)! I don’t know what I can add to that without giving a hard knock to my brain, if you know what I’m saying!!!

  • 5 Lynn // Jul 12, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    LOL!!! Thanks Billy, I usually don’t say…”now pop along to so and so’s blog….” I think Maya Thinks is a good substitution for this particular post and it sort of brings to mind a most famous sculptor – Rodin! (In my mind, anyway!)

  • 6 Lynn // Jul 13, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Cid, good go at it!!! My brain had a workout too; always changing 1 or 2 things around to fit!

  • 7 Harriet // Jul 17, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    What an unusual book you talk about on this blog. Should I look for it at my local library?

  • 8 Lynn // Jul 19, 2009 at 12:22 am

    H…..you could, but if you don’t find it, try Gadsby, a book with 50,000 words which also omits that all important symbol! I too would want to look at how this story could go on for so long! Lol.

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