Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Alice Munro VERSUS O. Henry

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Margaret Laurence Vs. Alice Munro), with a final score of 8-2, was Alice Munro.

Oh that was devastating. Poor Margaret Laurence. So many people gave credit to Munro for her short stories, yet Laurence's "The Loons" is one of my favourite short stories. Seems like most people debated the merits of The Stone Angel, while I hadn't even read that one. I can say however that I loved The Diviners and would probably rank A Bird In The House (featuring "The Loons") somewhere in my top ten.

But since people seem to think Munro's the better short story teller, we'll play that game.

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. (June 3rd, 2008), and please spread the word! (Please note that while the voting will end as scheduled, I will be in Yellowknife that week and so the next Wednesday Compare may or may not be delayed depending on my Internet access.)

Who's better?

11 comments:

Bybee said...

I admire Alice Munro and want to read more of her stories, but I love O. Henry.

kookiejar said...

I agree with Bybee.

O Henry rocks.

pussreboots said...

O. Henry.

Remi said...

Munro, for sure.

pooker said...

Munro. And that's not just my Canadian knee-jerk reaction. If I had a tome of Munro stories and a tome of O. Henry stories in front of me right now, I'd pick up Munro first in the hopes of finding just one story I haven't read. Then I'd read O. Henry.

Teddy Rose said...

I'm staying out of this one because I haven't read any O Henry.

August said...

Munro all the way; she always leaves me satisfied. O Henry only ever leaves me with a whole pack of shaggy dogs.

Melanie said...

Munro, definitely. O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" is a story I try to avoid as much as possible!

snackywombat said...

i loved o. henry when i was in grade school, and yes he has some classics, but as an adult i value munro in a way i never could as a student. so... alice munro!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Alice Munro - fo shizzle.

John Mutford said...

Voting is now closed.