Sunday 20 March 2011

The Wonderful O

Finished March 19
The Wonderful O by James Thurber
This is a classic I hadn't come across before, and I have to say I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. Parts of it seemed to ramble off the narrative.
The story is that a pirate with a map meets up with another pirate with a boat and crew and they sail to the island of Ooroo where there is supposed to be treasure buried. The map they have doesn't have the location of the treasure, so they ransack the island looking for it. The captain of the boat hates the letter O and gradually tries to rid the island of it, either by taking the Os out of words, or getting rid of the things and animals that have the letter O in their names. There are good islanders that plot to defeat these evil man, and a bad islander (a lawyer of course!) who plots against his fellow islanders. There are 4 words that contain the letter O and that are important words for the islanders. They must find them all.
I found the book interesting and it reminded me of another book I read (that I enjoyed more) called Ella Minnow Pea.

1 comment:

  1. This book counts toward the challenge: 1001 books to read before you die.