Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Charlotte Brontë VERSUS Margaret Laurence

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Charlotte Brontë Vs. Emily Brontë Vs. Anne Brontë), was Charlotte Brontë with 9 votes. Anne brought in 6, Emily had none.

If I surprised anyone with a three way contest, I was surprised in return with the results-- not so much that Charlotte won, but that the race ended up between her and Anne. Emily had 0 votes! Until doing this match, I hadn't even heard of Agnes Grey or the Tenant of Wildfell Hall. But who hasn't heard of Wuthering Heights? Though judging by some of the comments from last week, hearing of a book doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Though, as I said last week, I haven't read any of these authors. Now I'm as confused as ever as to which one to start with.

I suspect this week will divide voters between Canadian or other. Admittedly, it's a bit of a survey on my part to see who's heard of this week's contender outside of the Canadian border.

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. (May 20, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

17 comments:

August said...

I'm going to go with Margaret Laurence. She's the grand old Dame of Canadian letters, and doesn't get near the attention she deserves, especially since Iron Maggie became CanLit's undeserving monarch.

thatsthebook said...

I have to go with Margaret Laurence. Her story, A Bird in the House has stuck with me since the first time I read it.

Nicola said...

Margaret Laurence!

zetor said...

Well I'll have to go with Charlotte again. I don't know Margaret Laurence, although I've checked her out in Wikopaedia and I think her work will be worth a look.

Melanie said...

I love Charlotte Bronte, but I'm going to go with Margaret Laurence this week. The Stone Angel is one of my favourite reads.

Remi said...

The Stone Angel was a book I loathed in high school but came to respect later.

The Diviners knocks my socks off every time I pick it up.

Almost as good is a book of letters I have between her and Al Purdy.

Laurence for sure.

pooker said...

No question in my mind, Margaret Laurence.

I first "met" Margaret Laurence, Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro in my barely adulthood. Since then I suspect I've read every novel and short story each of them has published. The three of them turned me on to Canadian fiction like no other author. Laurence's short story, "The Loons" and The Diviners are among my favourite pieces of fiction. Ask me to choose from Laurence, Atwood and Munro and I don't think I could. But as between Charlotte Bronte and Margaret Laurence, well, I like Charlotte but she's a passing acquaintance. Margaret Laurence is one of my best friends.

Come on, look at that picture! Can't you see her sitting at your own table?

Imani said...

Oh this is a cruel match up. The Stone Angel and Jane Eyre are two of my top ten of all time books. Sadly, Bronte must lose out since I just read "Villette" which was technically brilliant but preachy, preachy, preachy and about an entirely wrong message too.:D I've read more books by Laurence that I love or admire.

*clutches heart* So...it's Laurence.

Carrie K said...

I'd never heard of Margaret Laurence. I've got to read one of her books.

So, in default, Charlotte Bronte.

raidergirl3 said...

Oh my, I feel like such a bad Canadian reader. I havent' read any Laurence, but the first 7 commenters are making me feel like I am missing out on something huge. I've only recently read Jane Eyre, so I dont' claim any of the dramatic love for Bronte. I guess I will have to abstain. I dont' feel qualified to vote.

snackywombat said...

if i had voted last week, i would have voted for emily! but i'm going to have to vote for charlotte here because i re-read jane eyre last year and it truly is an involving and hair-raising tale.

Bybee said...

Can I shake your hand for having great match-ups?

I want to read more of Margaret Laurence, but this week, I have to go with Charlotte Bronte because of Jane Eyre...I never knew before this novel (I was 9 or 10) that it was possible to have a visceral reaction to literature. I thank her for that.

Chris said...

Wow, Raidergirl & I are going to be put in a dinghy and pushed out to sea. I never read any Laurence! My hubby hated The Stone Angel in school. The movie looks good though ;)

I'm going with Charlotte because she needs my help this week.

Stephanie said...

Sorry. I'm the dumb American who hasn't heard of Laurence!! Guess this week I will sit out. I hate to vote against someone I've never heard of!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Margaret Laurence, absolutely no contest!

Teddy Rose said...

The only Margaret Laurence that I have read so for was The Stone Angel, which I really liked a lot. However, I loved Jane Eyre, so I must go with Charlotte again. I do plan to read more Laurence though!

Have any of you seen the new movie version of the Stone Angel? I think it's out now, I saw it at the film festival last year. I thought they did a really good job with it!

Ripley said...

Absolutely Margaret Laurence. I love her books (and not just because they're Canadian).