Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2: Robertson Davies Vs. Mordecai Richler

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Robertson Davies Vs. Tom Wolfe), with a final score of 11-2, was Robertson Davies.

Back in my university days, I wasn't a big fan of the student run newspaper, The Muse. I found a lot of it self-serving and full of private jokes amongst the staff. Still, it killed a few minutes before heading off to my next class and the cafeteria was just overflowing with copies. In a most annoying feature, it profiled some of its own reporters like quasi-celebrities, telling us their career goals, their interests, etc. One of them, a red head guy whose name I think was Seamus (oh Lord, their evil plan worked), listed Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities as his all time favourite book. While I insisted that I couldn't have cared less about Seamus's views, his passion for the novel did entice me to read it (keep it mind this was before blogs when reading recommendations from complete strangers was in its infancy).

I didn't get it. I mean, I understood the book, but it just didn't seem like it should be a favourite of anyone. It was like picking Sister Act 2 as your favourite movie.

But I didn't despise it either, and figured I'd at least give Wolfe a 2nd chance with the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, but to this day still haven't. Then I've also only read one Davies book. It's interesting to me that Davies has done as well as he has- last week was his fourth win (a fifth next week means the 2nd edition of the Great Wednesday Compare retires). Perhaps the participants in my 2nd Canadian Book Challenge are skewing the results somewhat, since Davies is Canadian and none of his competitors have been... until now.

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. (Aug 5th, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?


Anonymous said...

Davies or Richler? I don't know if you could have made this more difficult. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Jacob Two-two are amazing but I think Davies still wins hands down because of Tempest Tossed.

raidergirl3 said...

I still haven't read Davies, but apparently I need to, 4 weeks?

I did really enjoy Duddy Kravitz in January so I'll vote for Richler. Plus, Jacob Two-Two rocks.

Anonymous said...

Davies yet again. I've read The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and parts of Solomon Gursky was Here, and wasn't particularly impressed by either of them.

I have no choice but to vote for Davies.

Nikki in Niagara said...

The only Richler I have read is the first two Jacob Two-Two books and I never liked them. Plus I've just never had any inclination to read his adult books.

So Davies again for me!

Remi said...

No contest. Richler hands down by a landslide. From Duddy to Barney, the man is amazing. The perfect mix of funny and smart.

Anonymous said...

Haven't read any Richler so will be going with Robertson again

richard said...

I hereby decloak from "lurk" mode to say RICHLER, RICHLER. Robertson Davies, really? Dude, no.

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Chrisbookarama said...

I'm keeping with the beard: Davies.

Btw, my blog has been locked! They think I'm a spambot. I have no idea when I'll be able to post again. Ugh! Sorry to rant in your post but I'm p.o.'ed and yours was the first one I visited. And I can't rant in my own!

I think I'm going to shop for a non-Blogger blog.

Bybee said...

I can't vote; I haven't read Richler...Want to read Duddy, though. Soon.