Gadsby

Ernest Vincent Wright

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50 year-old John Gadsby is alarmed by the decline of his hometown Branton Hills, and rallies the city’s young people to form an "Organization of Youth" to build civic spirit and improve living standards. Gadsby and his youthful army transform the town from a stagnant municipality into a bustling, thriving city. Toward the end of the book the members of Gadsby's organization receive diplomas in honor of their work. Gadsby becomes mayor and helps increase the city’s population from 2,000 to 60,000. The story begins around 1906 and continues through WWI, Prohibition, and President Harding’s administration. "Gadsby" is a lipogram, a whole novel of some 50.000 words without a single instance of the letter E. When it first appeared in 1939 it was hardly noticed by the general public, but a modern reviewer called it probably the most ambitious work ever attempted in this genre.

Total running time 6:10:49

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