Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #12- John Irving VERSUS Ian McEwan

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Margaret Atwood Vs. John Irving), with a final score of 9-8, was John Irving.

I'd only read one John Irving book before, The World According To Garp, so I probably would have went with Margaret Atwood had it come down to a tie.

Slightly getting off topic... does anyone else think The World According to Garp has a Robertson Davies feel to it?

Getting back on topic... this week, for the second time, I'm putting up an author which I haven't even read. The first was Jane Austen, now it's Ian McEwan. For those of you who do vote in his favour, which book should I start with?

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. (September 4th), and please spread the word!

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21 comments:

Bybee said...

Oh dear, I can't vote because I haven't read any McEwan yet. I'm predicting he'll win the week, though.

david elzey said...

Grrr! Irving won. Gotta go against him for sure this time, though I'd probably go w/ McEwan if it was someone else.

Rob Hardy said...

McEwan. I've only read one of his books (Amsterdam), and had to stop reading Atonement because it was too painful. But not as painful as reading John Irving.

BookGal said...

I've only read one McEwan - Atonement which I did like. I've had Saturday on my TBR pile and just can't get into it. With that said, I've never had trouble getting into an Irving novel so I'm voting for Irving!

Wendy said...

Yay for Garp!!!

I probably should abstain because I have yet to read a McEwan book yet. But, because John Irving has been one of my favorite authors for more than 20 years, I doubt if McEwan could shove him off the pedestal. So, I vote for Irving again :)

kookiejar said...

Don't listen to Rob Hardy. *nyeh, to Rob* "On Chesil Beach" and "Saturday" were truly painful reads. I may never recover.

Irving is the finest writer of his generation. Thus, that's where I vote.

Dewey said...

I swear you are purposely monitoring my blog just to pit my very favorites against each other. Yes, obviously this is all about me. Well, this time, I vote tie! OH WHAT NOW, JOHN?

John Mutford said...

Dewey: I plead innocent! Your tie vote is fine by way of expressing your opinion, but it obviously can't affect the results that way. Sorry :(

Sam Houston said...

It's Irving for me again this week.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm afraid I've not read any McEwan, but I don't have any problem voting for Irving once again.

Eva said...

I vote for Ian McEwan! Love all three of the books of his I've read.

stefanie said...

Can't believe Atwood lost! My vote goes for Irving this week.

Dewey said...

Ok, ok, I've made a decision! Irving. He's been a huge part of my reading life since college, and although his last few books have been disappointing, I have to choose him since I only discovered McEwan a year or two ago.

Dale said...

Irving, I haven't read any McEwan either although I have a couple of his books just sitting there.

Nancy said...

I haven't read McEwan either. But I also have no problem voting for Irving. I got to see him read from Owen Meany at Radio City Music Hall last year, and he was completely brilliant as a reader too.

Carrie K said...

No. (to the Robertson Davis question, although it's mostly because I still like to read RD's stuff and I cannot read JI at the moment.)

OTOH, I vote JI against IMcE.

raidergirl3 said...

I got that same comment as above too. Gee, it must have taken anonymous a long time to type out two responses like that!

raidergirl3 said...

I dont' think I'll vote this week, I;ve read a few Irvings that I liked, but I haven't read any MacEwan yet; I'm in line for On Chesil Beach at the library. I can't vote where I didn't read it yet and I don't have any great attachment to Irving.

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: What comment? ;)
Just kidding. Guess that's why blogger gives us the "delete comment" option. I don't throw the word "scumbag" around lightly, but that was one awful scumbag. And don't worry about voting this week, Scumbag didn't either.

Gentle Reader said...

I'm going with McEwan, but it's a tough one for me. I loved John Irving when I was younger, and I have a fondness for him because he was one of the writers who helped make me into a reader. But I think McEwan's work speaks to me more now in my life.

And by the way, that anonymous person spammed my blog, too. Grrrr...

John Mutford said...

Voting now closed.