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Short Description for Eunoia 'Eunoia', which means 'beautiful thinking', is the shortest word in the English language to contain all five vowels. This book also contains them, but never at the same time. It includes five chapters that use only one vowel.
- Published: 06 November 2008
- Format: Hardback 112 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847672391 ISBN 10: 1847672396
- Sales rank: 129,063
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