Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #23- Harper Lee VERSUS Leo Tolstoy

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Arthur Conan Doyle vs. Harper Lee), with a final score of 17-5 (or maybe 16-6- sorry, Elzey, I didn't get your reference!), was Harper Lee.

A while ago Jane Austen seemed to have similarly strong support as Harper Lee had last week. Coincidentally, I hadn't read Austen at the time and I haven't read Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird either. I know it was compulsory reading in many high schools across the U.S. and even Canada, but it wasn't at my school. I have, however, read War and Peace.

At the risk of setting off another Cold War (because I have delusions of grandeur like that)...

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. (Nov. 20), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

18 comments:

Chris said...

Whoa! Tolstoy. Just for the sheer volume.

Wendy said...

Oh oh - I love both these authors! But, I will give the edge to Tolstoy. He is one of the great ones - and War and Peace is among my favorites of all time.

kookiejar said...

Urgh, this is actually a tough call for me, but after much thought I'm going with Harper Lee.

Alex said...

Gota go with Harper Lee. I adore To Kill A Mockingbird, and Anna Karenina is one of the few books I just couldn't get through.

Stephanie said...

Lord. What a choice...this is a tough one!! Gotta go with Harper Lee though.

Rob Hardy said...

I'm going to close my eyes and grit my teeth and say "Tolstoy," even though I personally enjoyed To Kill a Mockingbird more than the ponderous chunks of Tolstoy I have read and given up on. Lee created an admirable fictional hero in Atticus Finch, but Tolstoy's ideas about nonviolent resistance inspired real heroes like Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dewey said...

I can't decide this week. Pass!

Allison said...

Oh, I can finally vote this week. Tough, but Harper Lee.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is a tough choice. While I loves me some Soviet era authors, Tolstoy has never been a real draw for me. Too long and ponderous, or perhaps I'm just lazy.

So I think I'll go with Lee again.

Bybee said...

I'm going with Harper Lee.

Sam Houston said...

In honor of the fact that I just bought the new translation of War and Peace last Sunday afternoon, I'm going to go with Mr. Tolstoy.

John Mutford said...

Sam: I heard about that new translation and I must admit I'm curious, though taking on something that lengthy again (as much as I enjoyed it before) will take a lot of encouragement. Did you read it before, in another translation?

BookGal said...

I've never been able to get through Tolstoy so I'll stick with Harper Lee.

Melanie said...

I love Harper Lee, but for his body of work and immense literary stature, I'll vote for Tolstoy this week.

Sam Houston said...

No, John, I've never made it all the way through War and Peace. The only time that I made a real effort to read it, I was reading a copy with such small print that my eyes couldn't take it. I put the book aside years ago with plans to buy a better copy...and this one is just simply beautiful. It's huge, heavy, and very easy on the eye. Maybe I'll make it through this time.

Ms. Place said...

Leo Tolstoy, though Harper Lee is a strong contender.

verbivore said...

Quite a tough one...I am going to have to go with Tolstoy, for the details and the sheer breadth of his work.

John Mutford said...

Since there is a tie, I'm casting my vote for Tolstoy. Voting is now closed.