Wednesday, December 03, 2008

The Great Wednesday Compare #3: Vladimir Nabokov VERSUS Pierre Berton

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Noam Chomsky Vs. Vladimir Nabokov) with a final score of 8-0 was Vladimir Nabokov.

Well, I wasn't expecting a shut out. That's the first time in the third round of Great Wednesday Compares that we've had a goose egg. Perhaps people were growing weary of politics and wanted back to literature?

Saying goodbye to Noam Chomsky, I remember back to the only book of his that I read, Power and Terror: Post-9/11 Talks and Interviews. A friend lent it to me and I was anticipating it to be a case of "preaching to the choir." That's not exactly what happened. I've always been hesitant to look at the world as a dichotomy. I felt that people who saw the world that way were being unfair. I have to admit, after reading Chomsky I questioned on a few occasions whether or not I wasn't being naive in the interest of fairness. Could it be possible that things were really black and white? That some people were actually evil? In the long run, he didn't change my outlook a great deal, but for a moment there I had some things to consider.

And speaking of things to consider, at the request of a couple voters I did consider Beckett for this week's contender. As I did a few others as well. In the end, I decided to go with Pierre Berton as I think it was an oversight that he'd not made an appearance in these Compare things until now. Rest assured, Beckett will visit these parts someday.

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. (Dec. 9nd, 2008), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?


Anonymous said...

No contest. It has to be Pierre Berton. (And I got to be first to post so what I say goes, right?)

Remi said...

Nabokov made a name for himself by publishing in 2 languages.

Berton was featured in Moxy Fruvous' My Baby Loves a Bunch of Authors and he also showed Rick Mercer how to roll a joint. He wrote lots of books, too, about this great nation.

Tough call but I finally slipped one toke over the line towards Berton.

Anonymous said...

Pierre Berton. He taught me to respect my Cuisinart when he demonstrated on the Peter Gzowski Show how easily the machine slices potatoes (and his fingers).

raidergirl3 said...

Poor little Canadian children who grew up with 2 channels and watched Front Page Challenge, and enjoyed it.
Gotta vote for Berton. Someday I'll read one of his epic boks and be a true Canadian.

Anonymous said...

Vladimir Nabokov. He was possibly the finest writer, in any language, of the middle of the 20th Century. Most folks who have read his work have only read Lolita (not even his best work, nor his most controversial; just the one that made the best movie), but without him we probably wouldn't have literature as we know it today. He is the linchpin that connects post-freudian psychological realism, frank sexual exploration and the fantastical bent that started with Kafka and eventually became known as "magic realism" (however inaccurate that might be). Contemporary litature simply wouldn't exist without him.

Nikki in Niagara said...

Well, at first I was going to say I've never heard of Vladimir Nabokov, but now I know it's the Lolita guy it still doesn't change my answer.

Pierre Berton is my vote. I've read plenty of his works.

And as with raidergirl I grew up watching Front Page Challenge and while maybe not quite understanding it at such a young age, I did enjoy it with the family.