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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #10- Margaret Atwood VERSUS Toni Morrison

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Robert Frost Vs. Margaret Atwood), with a final score of 18-6, was Margaret Atwood.

Another Compare, another nail-biter, eh? Not really. I honestly expected it to be closer. While I would have figured such an outcome if the voters were all Canadian, I underestimated her draw outside our border. Shows what I know.

Thanks for the all the great suggestions, look for some of them in future editions for sure.

This week I'm sticking to the high profile. Perhaps it will be a little more divisive. Don't make me bring back Jane Austen!

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose, voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (August 21st), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


22 comments:

cj said...

Well, gee.

What do we do when we don't care for either of them?

I suppose I shouldn't say anything but I couldn't resist. They're good choices, John. Just not my cup of tea.

cjh

Wendy said...

Atwood again!

kookiejar said...

Yeah, I'm also going to have to go with Atwood again. Morrison is just not my thing.

Stephanie said...

Yeah, I think I have to go with Atwood again. She really is one of my favorites. And as Kookie says, Toni Morrison just isn't my cup of tea!

raidergirl3 said...

I'm with Atwood this week. I haven't found her books hopelessly confusing and obscure. She's quite readable.

david elzey said...

Well, I'm going to have to go for the inventor of the LongPen, Ms. Atwood.

Chris said...

Haven't read Morrison. Can I vote for Atwood anyway? ;)

And I nominated you for the Thoughtful Blogger Award.

Sam Houston said...

I'll go with Atwood again this week.

I find that, for me, much of Morrison is largely incomprehensible and not worth the effort. I just don't care for her writing style very much.

Rebecca said...

If I had to choose between the two, I'll go with Atwood again. As CJ said, I don't really care for either - I don't hate them, but I don't seek them out, either.

Carrie K said...

I vote for MA.

Gracie said...

Margaret Atwood. I'm relieved to see from other commenters that I'm not the only one who finds Toni Morrison's books unreadable. I felt like such a philistine.

Dewey said...

Right, after I threaten to vote for Atwood forever, you go and give us Morrison! But even though I love them both, I'll stick with Atwood.

John Mutford said...

Cj: No worries. I hope you know that this in no way indicates that I'm a fan of either! Or that I'm not. I'm keeping mum on my picks.

Looks like this one will be as predictible as the last. (Btw, sorry Dewey- I sensed this one would cause you some stress).

Thanks to everyone for visiting. One of you was my 20 000th visitor! Too bad I didn't know who, I was going to reward that person with a brand new car. Oh well.

stefanie said...

Margaret Atwood! Morrison is good but Atwood has my affections.

Rob Hardy said...

To celebrate being back home in America after a year in England, I'm voting for one of America's greatest living writers, Toni Morrison. Beloved is brilliant, beautiful, and harrowing. And Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio, just up the road from my alma mater, Oberlin.

John Mutford said...

Rob: There goes Atwood's shot at a shutout!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Gotta be Atwood.

BookGal said...

Atwood again ... Morrison is great too but I'm a big Atwood fan.

Zon Fiar said...

Definitely Morrison... I've read all her books and Paradise is just amazing.

I'm curious. To those who found her confusing, do you also find authors such as Faulkner confusing as well?

Morrison is an aquired taste I guess.

Dale said...

Margaret even though Toni's hair is more manageable looking.

Isabella said...

Atwood. I'm reading Moral Disorder just now -- every few pages I'm reminded how great she is.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.