Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #14- J. D. Salinger VERSUS William Golding

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (John Irving Vs. J. D. Salinger), with a final score of 9-5, was J.D. Salinger.

Thanks for all the great ideas and kind words last week. As you can tell, I'm continuing on with the comparisons for the time being.

This week I've decided to somewhat incorporate one of Siew's ideas: to pit book against book. I say somewhat, because as you can see by the header, I'm still technically using authors. However, of Salinger most people stop at Catcher In The Rye (though I have read Franny and Zooey as well), and of Golding most people have only read Lord of the Flies (self-included). If you're one of those people, feel free to vote book versus book. If not, and you've read others, which ones?

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 18th), and please spread the word!

Who's better?









19 comments:

Stephanie said...

No contest for me. I really HATED Lord of the Flies!! And I love Holden Caufield. So it looks like J. D. Salinger for me!

david elzey said...

Oooo, toughie! Going by books it's like Lord of the Flies vs. Lord of the Stance. This is a close shave, but it's Golding by decision for me.

stefanie said...

I can't really vote because I haven't read Golding. I did read Catcher in the Rye and didn't like it at all. So Lord of the Flies must be better, right? :)

kookiejar said...

Your first sentence says that Irving won last week, I assume that's an error :(

I hate 'Lord of the Flies', so I'm going with Salinger despite the pummeling he gave John Irving last week.

John Mutford said...

Kookiejar: Thanks for the heads-up. You're right, it was Salinger and I fixed it above.

marydell said...

I vote Salinger, having read most of his work and only the one Golding book. (Will a second win force Salinger out into the open?)

Dewey said...

I vote for Salinger, because I have only read Lord of the Flies, but I've read three Salinger books.

The Catcher in the Rye
Nine Stories
Franny and Zooey

and half of Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is a tough one for me. I've read slightly more Salinger than I have Golding, and have enjoyed both of their most famous books. Ultimately though, Lord of the Flies is a more important book, in my mind.

Golding it is.

Carrie K said...

I vote Golding. Technically I'm not crazy about either book, but Lord of the Flies kept me hoping against hope. Sadly I hated Holden Caulfield so much that I barely remember anything about Catcher in the Rye, other than wanting to smack him upside the head.

Siew said...

Great compare! I found Lord of the Flies absolutely painful, and while it took me a fair few chapters to get into Catcher, it definitely hit a chord with me.

BookGal said...

I'm voting for Salinger. I read both books in college. I agree with Stephanie - Caufield is a character that's hard to forget.

Sam Houston said...

I can't say that I care much for the work of either of these guys, but I'll vote for Salinger as he irritated me less than Golding did.

Isabella said...

Salinger! Golding's a phoney.

Rob Hardy said...

My vote last week was a vote against John Irving. This week, I'm going to have to abstain. I'm not really a fan of either of these guys, although Salinger looks a little like my brother-in-law.

What I'm waiting for is a three-way fight between the Bronte sisters.

Bybee said...

My vote goes for Salinger again this week.

Bybee said...

Rob's got a great idea re: the three-way fight among the Bronte sisters.

raidergirl3 said...

When I thought Golding had also written The Princess Bride, I was prepared to vote for him. Now, I realise it was William Goldman, so I don't have to vote for the author of that horrid experience in grade ten that was The Lord of the Flies.

(Although, I am sure if I had to teach The Lord of the Flies, I would enjoy it; so much to discuss)
I'm sure I read Catcher in the Rye, but it didn't make an impression. I think I abstain again this week.

poodlerat said...

I must abstain once again. Lord of the Flies and The Catcher in the Rye are probably the two books in the world I'm least interested in reading---I've always suspected I would hate them both.

Oh, well---there's always next week!

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.