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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #25- Leo Tolstoy VERSUS George Orwell

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Leo Tolstoy Vs. Fyodor Dostoevsky), with a final score of 9-7, was Leo Tolstoy.

When I first I tallied up the scores I made a mistake and thought there was another tie. I got all excited and thought I'd get to cast a vote again. Alas, it wasn't to be. It would have been for Dostoevsky, though I am okay with the result. Had I actually read Anna Karenina, perhaps I'd feel differently (or at least have some insight into Carrie K's life), but I have to rely on Crime and Punishment and War and Peace to make my comparisons and I simply enjoyed Crime and Punishment more. While I enjoyed War and Peace, I lost track of many characters and plots along the way. By the way, did you know that the original title was War: What Is It Good For?

Moving on, let's try a new approach.

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. (Dec. 4), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



17 comments:

Corey Redekop said...

Orwell. Still relevant, and ahead of his time. Tolstoy? Well, the name has lived, but I read Orwell for pleasure, and Tolstoy because I'm supposed to.

Wendy said...

Still voting for Tolstoy!

Nicole said...

As upset as I am that Tolstoy beat Dostoevsky, I am casting my vote for Tolstoy based only on the fact that he wrote The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

Melanie said...

Tolstoy. Just because he is Tolstoy.

Carrie K said...

Some day, John, some day. And that will be a terrifying day indeed.

I vote for Orwell this round.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Orwell, even though he did not write "War: What is it Good For?".

Rob Hardy said...

Can I vote for Jane Austen? I feel weird voting as many times for Tolstoy as I did for Jane, whom I actually like. But I can't vote for Orwell, whose 1984 was one of the low points in my high school education. So unless you allow a write-in for Jane, I...abstain.

kookiejar said...

It took me hours to come up with my vote for this. Really hard. But like Corey said Orwell is even more relevant today than he was back in the day. Orwell.

raidergirl3 said...

I thought I'd abstain this week because I haven't read any Russians, and I read 1984 a long time ago. But then Rob's comment of Orwell ruining high school reminded me how much I enjoyed Animal Farm in grade 11. The book was stupid, until Mr Curley helped us analyse the Russian history and the propaganda, and probably for the first time I realized books could be written other than for the literal story. So, here's a vote for Orwell, and Mr Curley too.

Dewey said...

I love both these guys, but I'll pick Tolstoy.

Bybee said...

was that really the original title for War And Peace? Good God, y'all!

I'm going with George Orwell. I've been reading him this year and have a bit of a crush on him. I really loved Down And Out In Paris And London and his essays in Funny But Not Vulgar.

Athena said...

Tolstoy. My teen literary romance, and I've read War and Peace: it's always going to be relevant. I like Orwell, but Tolstoy won my heart a long time ago.

Gentle Reader said...

I'm voting for Tolstoy. I feel the same way as Corey above, but for the opposite authors--I read Tolstoy for pleasure, Orwell because I had to in school. Though I think Orwell is great, reading Anna Karenina recently was amazing.

Chris said...

I'm picking Orwell because he has his own word: Orwellian. We all know what it means when something is Orwellian. Nothing is Tolstoyian ;)

raidergirl3 said...

Love the Seinfeld reference. More Seinfeld please.

BookGal said...

Orwell all the way on this one.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.