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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Roald Dahl VERSUS Walt Whitman

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Roald Dahl Vs. Rudyard Kipling), with a final score of 7- 2, was Roald Dahl.

Not such a great turn out last week. Rudyard Kipling didn't seem to inspire a great deal of votes either for or against. Like Dahl, I'm more familiar with Kipling movies (or movie) than books. I have, however, read poetry by Kipling and I'd give him the point over Dahl for that except I don't remember if I liked it or not. Speaking of poetry, we move on to this week's contender: Walt Whitman.

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. (April 22, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?



17 comments:

Stephanie said...

It's a hard week to compare. Love both, but for pure literary value, I think I'm going to have to go with Whitman.

Simran said...

I'd definately go for Roald Dahl. Reading this post makes me want to re-read all of Roald dahl's books again. I enjoyed them sooo much as a kid! But talking of books i really enjoy, i've been reading this series of fantasy books by CS Lewis-The Chronicles of Narnia and have absolutely loved them. They are a must read for all kids.
In fact, Disney and Walden are coming up with the latest Narnia movie-Prince Caspian, this May 16th. It promises to be awesome by the looks of the trailor. Watch the trailor here- http://www.disney.in/narnia
I'm sure it'll get you all excited too!

Jen said...

That's a rockin' beard! I'm going with Walt!

kookiejar said...

Although I agree with Jen that Walt's beard is good...I'm going with Dahl again. His imagination was bottomless!

Nicole said...

Clearly, Dahl deserves the win here.

And this week, a vote for Dahl is as much about voting for him as it is about voting against Whitman.

I had barely opened Leaves of Grass before I closed it in sheer boredom. Furthermore, he and I are on totally opposite sides of the Shakespeare debate.

John Mutford said...

Nicole: It's only recently that I found a copy of Sarah Smith's Chasing Shakespeares which revolves around the Shakespeare authorship conspiracy theory. I didn't know old Walt was in that, too.

pussreboots said...

I like Leaves of Grass. I'm voting for Whitman.

raidergirl3 said...

I'll give my vote to Dahl again. The Enormous Crocodile? awesome.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to have to go with Whitman on this one, as I have just come to realize that poetry is damned hard work.

Sam Houston said...

I'm voting for Whitman based strictly on the great humanitarian work he did during the American Civil War and the way that his experiences working in Union hospitals influenced his later work.

Melanie said...

I agree with Stephanie -- I like Dahl too, but for literary power I'm voting for Whitman.

BookGal said...

This is a tough one. I love to read Dahl aloud to kids while they giggle and learn. However, for pure literary genius, I'm voting for Whitman.

Bybee said...

Not even a rockin' beard can pry me from Roald Dahl.

Remi said...

O Captain, My Captain is Walt of the rocking beard.

Clever Monkey said...

Dahl.

Bookfool said...

Oh, heavens, that is just too easy. I can't read Whitman, much as I'd love to. He just loses me. I love, love, love Dahl -- especially his memoirs.

John Mutford said...

Voting now closed.