Alphabetical Constraints!

Describes two interesting books.

In this article I am presenting three interesting facts:

1.) "Gadsby" is a book by Ernest Wright. The speciality of the book is that
      it doesnot contain even a single 'e'!!
      The first two paragraphs of the first chapter are
      given below. See them for yourself:

      "IF YOUTH, THROUGHOUT all history, had had a champion to stand up for it; to show a doubting world that a child can think; and, possibly, do it practically; you wouldn't constantly run across folks today who claim that "a child don't know anything." A child's brain starts functioning at birth; and has, amongst its many infant convolutions, thousands of dormant atoms, into which God has put a mystic possibility for noticing an adult's act, and figuring out its purport.

Up to about its primary school days a child thinks, naturally, only of play. But many a form of play contains disciplinary factors. "You can't do this," or "that puts you out," shows a child that it must think, practically or fail. Now, if, throughout childhood, a brain has no opposition, it is plain that it will attain a position of "status quo," as with our ordinary animals. Man knows not why a cow, dog or lion was not born with a brain on a par with ours; why such animals cannot add, subtract, or obtain from books and schooling, that paramount position which Man holds today".

2.) "Alphabetical Africa" is a book by Walter Abish. It has 52
chapters. The first chapter has all words beginning with 'A'.The second chapter with words beginning with 'A' or 'B'. So on till the 26th chapter.Then, from the 27th chapter, each alphabet is removed one-by-one till the 52nd chapter!.

3.) The French novel "La Disparition" by Georges Perec does not contain the letter E. It has been translated into English,where it
is called "A Void", by Gilbert Adair.

     Texts such as these that skew a letter are called Lipograms.
People dealing with text compression may be able to derive some more excitement out of this article!!

 

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