Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Great Wednesday Compare #27- George Orwell VERSUS Charles Dickens

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (George Orwell Vs. Leonard Cohen), with a final score of 9-8, was George Orwell... I think. Some of the votes were a little ambiguous, but I'm not going to get all carried away with hanging chads here.

Actually Cohen put up a better fight than I had thought. While I'm a big fan of his music, somewhat a fan of his poetry, and still confused over Beautiful Losers, I still suspected he wouldn't fare well in this competition. I certainly didn't expect all the votes for his sex appeal. Cohen? Really?

To each her own, I guess.

Getting more in the spirit of the season...

Remember, vote simply by adding your comment below, base it on whatever merit you choose (including sex appeal if you want!), voting does not end until Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. (Dec. 18), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



21 comments:

BookGal said...

OK ... I'll start it off. I'm sticking with Orwell. Dickens needed a good editor.

Chris said...

I think he was paid by the chapter, so you can't blame the guy! I'm picking Dickens. I can't think of him without thinking Christmas.

I'm reading Bleak House at the moment.

Nicola said...

Dickens! I just love Dickens.

Jen said...

Orwell. Though I can't remember if I've read any Dickens so maybe it's not a fair comparison.

kookiejar said...

I love Orwell, and think he's even more relevant today than he was when he was alive, but my heart says Dickens.

I love Dickens.

Stephanie said...

Finally!! A week I can vote!! Dickens, for sure!! Love him!

Melanie said...

Hurrah for Dickens! My vote goes for Dickens, I love his later works. And because nothing says Christmas like Dickens.

Rob Hardy said...

All right! I'm back in the game. Dickens, Dickens, Dickens!

kookiejar said...

Just chiming in again to say.. Hooray! An author that Rob Hardy and I wholeheartedly agree on...gotta love that. :) *waves at Rob*

Carrie K said...

Dickens, hands down.

Allison said...

Must agree...Dickens gets my vote.

Megan said...

Another vote for Dickens from me!

Bybee said...

I'm sticking with Orwell again.

I know it's a little early, but happy birthday, John!

Sam Houston said...

Dickens, Dickens, Dickens!

I read something of his just about every week and am still fascinated by the man's tremendous talent.

I'm finishing up Little Dorrit right now, in fact, with only 39 pages left of the 740-page copy I own. The problem I have is that when I finish one of his books, I feel completely inadequate to review it.

John Mutford said...

Bybee: You may have sent it a day early, but I only got it today- so you're right on schedule. Thanks 31 times!

Kookiejar: Glad you and Rob are putting your differences aside this Christmas ;)

Sam: I've never heard of that one. Adequate or not (though I'd say you're selling yourself short), I hope you do review it. I'd love to know what it's all about.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Is it your birthday, John? Have a great one, my friend!

And I am going to choose Dickens, although Orwell is very fine as well.

John Mutford said...

Barbara: It is indeed, thanks!

Remi said...

George Orwell because he brews a better cup of tea.

GeraniumCat said...

Another vote for Dickens from me. Bleak House is one of my favourite books.

Nyssaneala said...

Dickens, definitely.

But Orwell is great, too.

Isabella said...

Sex appeal — seriously? Doris Lessing speculated that Dickens would be good in bed (but that was relative to Tolstoy), and I repect her opinion.

While 1984 is one of the best books ever, and I would rank it higher than any one of the few Dickens I've read, Dickens has an overall charm few can match. A lust for life you might as well call sex appeal.

Dickens!