Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Pierre Berton VERSUS Will Ferguson

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Vladimir Nabokov Vs. Pierre Berton) with a final score of 5-1 was Pierre Berton.

While I'm sure more people in the world would have to look up Pierre Berton than Vladimir Nabokov, here in Canada it looks as if Berton is the more common household name.

I read Lolita for the first time last year and talk about mixed emotions! On the one hand, it is wonderfully written but on the other hand it makes you feel sort of gross just to turn the page. According to August's impassioned plea from last week, Lolita isn't even his best work. I know since I finished Lolita I've been itching to try An Invitation to a Beheading. Maybe next year.

This week I'm going for a Mr. Miyagi versus the Karate Kid sort of vibe.

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Who's better?


Remi said...

Berton for his ambition. He tried to single-handedly chronicle the history of a nation.

Anonymous said...

Pierre Berton, this week. :)

If Lolita made you feel dirty, wait until you get to Ada. It's far and away his best book, but it's also far and away his most difficult (Pale Fire takes up the second spot for both best and most difficult, with Lolita coming in a very close third). I'm currently reading my 18th Nabokov book, with three or four to go, and I've loved them all.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Well, again, I had to google the competition and have never heard of or read Will Ferguson.

So one more, my vote goes to Pierre Berton.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Pierre Berton, because I know the family. A little nepotism never hurts.

Although Will Ferguson is very funny, Berton had a pretty sassy sense of humour as well.

Anonymous said...

Pierre Berton's sense of humour got better with age. He earns my vote. He's far above Ferguson. Here's a link to Berton's lesson on rolling a "coner" on the Rick Mercer Report. It's a must see!

"Remember, Canada, it's the loose joints that tend to fall apart, leaving unsightly toke burns on your chair or on your bow tie."
- Pierre Berton


Anonymous said...

I've never read any Ferguson either and after that last comment I'm definitely going to have to go with Berton.

Francesca Thomas said...

I will vote for Pierre Berton any time. I have read and reviewed a number of his books.

Interesting that you did not choose Pierre Berton and Pater Newman. They both write historical narrative books about Canada and Canadians.