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Old 10th Sep 2004, 20:22   #1
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Name a novel that contains:

1. No letter 'e'
2. No commas
3. No semi-colons
4. Precisely one semi-colon
5. Precisely one full-stop


Er ... that's, like, five novels - not all the same one. Obviously.
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Old 11th Sep 2004, 5:12   #2
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The one with no "e" is French right? By some French guy? I've heard about this, but the author's name escapes me. As does the title of the book. Of course, I could probably make quick work of all 5 using google, but that wouldn't be right. Let's see if anyone can improve on my lame thrust at the answer.
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Google might help for one or two but not all - and yes, it would be cheating anyway!

As I discovered in fact when googling to check, there is also an English novel with no 'e's in it, but yes, the one I am thinking of was that French one by that French guy...

And for that matter there may be several which qualify in answer to 3 and 5, but I am thinking of ones that were written with that restriction specifically in mind. Not much of a quiz really, is it...
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#4 - I'm really not sure but I seem to remember that I read about the case while flipping through Eats, Shoots And Leaves - and that it's Martin Amis. Not sure really, but just in case a wild guess - Information?
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Right author, wrong book. Somewhat shamefully, despite being a big Amis-head, I think I too learned that from Eats, Shoots and Leaves...
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Google might help for one or two but not all - and yes, it would be cheating anyway!
Why? There is no shame in knowing how to find out something that you don't already know!

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Well, yes, but it does smack of hiding an encyclopedia in the toilets during a pub quiz, don't you think?!
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Well, yes, but it does smack of hiding an encyclopedia in the toilets during a pub quiz, don't you think?!
Not at all

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Wavid - agreed.

Hazel - in the words of Keith Barret, it's just a bit of fun!
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I'm assuming that the 'precisely on full stop' question relates to that book which is just one long senetence. Can't remember it, mind.

There's an 800-odd senetence in Les Miserables, a twenty odd page on in The Rotters Club, and similarly in The Football Factory, but beyond that I'm stumped.
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