Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare 2- Robertson Davies VERSUS John Steinbeck

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Robertson Davies Vs. Mordecai Richler), with a final score of 6-3, was Robertson Davies.

I had so hoped it would be Richler. I had an interview with the local CBC Radio today regarding the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge and I was asked what are my favourite Canadian books. I responded that I had three: Wayne Johnston's Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Alistair MacLeod's No Great Mischief, and Mordecai Richler's Barney's Version. The thing is, the third used to be Richler's Cocksure. Then I read Barney's Version and it surpassed even that, so I knew, with just two books of his read (I've since read a couple Jacob Two-Two books), that I was a huge fan. Seeing so many people referring to Duddy Kravitz last week, makes it look like I'm even for another treat with that one. But for now, Richler couldn't take down the man with the beard. I'll get over it, but only with the promise that if you haven't read a Richler book yet- do so. Consider it a recommendation.

I know I said last week that a fifth win by Davies would spell the retirement of the Great Wednesday Compare 2...but not quite. Before moving on to the third installment, I've decided to pit champion against champion. If you'll remember, the five-time winner of the Great Wednesday Compare (1) was John Steinbeck. So let's see which of these two kings takes the crown...

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 12th, 2008), and please spread the word!

Who's better?

13 comments:

August said...

Ooooh. This is a legitimate tough one, as East of Eden is one of my all-time favourite novels. I'm going to have to go with Davies again, though, as the sheer volume of his work that I love far outstrips nearly every other writer.

Chris said...

Steinbeck for me please.

raidergirl3 said...

I love that you don't have to actually have read the author to vote.
My dilemma: I haven't read Davies but I hated The Pearl in grade 10. I know people love Steinbeck, and Of Mice and Men was pretty good, but I think it's my admiration for Gary Sinese in the movie that gives me fond memories.

I'm going patriotic: Davies for the win. (And then I'll read a book of his.)

Nicole said...

Is it sad that I saw this post in my Google Reader and came over with the express purpose of voting for Davies, even though I've never read his works, because of how much I despise all things Steinbeck?

Probably. Still, I'm voting for Davies.

Nicola said...

Easy. Davies!

Carrie K said...

Steinbeck even if I'd rather reread anything by Robertson Davies first.

brideofthebookgod said...

The only Steinbeck I have ever enjoyed was his take on the Arthurian stories, so it's Robertson Davies again for me.

Remi said...

Steinbeck, Steinbeck, Steinbeck. Davies is great, sure, but Steinbeck is better.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

First things first, will we get to hear your CBC interview? Will it be online at all? I would love to listen.

Secondly, this is a very tough comparison. Both authors are cornerstones of NA literature, and I have relied upon both of their works to feed my soul. But in the interest of promoting Canadian literature, I will have to go with Davies.

Sam Houston said...

This one's easy for me: Steinbeck, one of my favorite authors.

Melanie said...

I'm with Nicole and Raidergirl -- I despise Steinbeck. Yech!
So it gives me great pleasure to vote for Robertson Davies!

Bybee said...

You are too cruel (again!)
I love Davies, but I've loved Steinbeck longer...so Steinbeck.
Did I mention your cruelty?

richard said...

Honestly, what is there to dislike about Steinbeck? The crisp prose, the fierce politics, the vulnerability in his tough guy men? Gary Sinise may have been the perfect George, but he was Steinbeck's George.

Davies? Good heavens, no.

Steinbeck all the way.