Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Oscar Wilde VERSUS John Updike

The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Oscar Wilde Vs. James Joyce) with a final score of 9-5 was Oscar Wilde.

Kate, who voted in favour of Joyce last week, referred to his book of short stories, The Dubliners. One of those stories, "Araby," is the only work of his that I've read. I really enjoyed the coming-of-age tale and found it surprisingly accessible. I'd heard so much about the difficult and experimental Finnegans Wake that I was curious but also a little intimidated to read him. However, knowing that he could go from conventional to experimental, makes me respect him even more-- even if I won't understand or enjoy Finnegans Wake when I inevitably get to it.

I hadn't planned on this week's latest contender. Up until today I had someone completely different in mind. But, Updike has gotten so little mention on this blog, that today was a reminder to myself.

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. (Feb. 3, 2009), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?


Remi said...

I'm just not wild about Wilde.

Besides, Updike was one of the last of the breed of capital W writers to come out of the postwar era, that prodigious group who could pump out literary fiction almost as quickly as Grisham churns out potboilers. You've got to respect talent like that.

Run, Updike, run. . .

Barbara Bruederlin said...

This may be a purely sentimental vote, but how can I not honour a writer like John Updike? Updike it is.

Anonymous said...

Oscar Wilde... one more time.

Sam said...

Updike - love the "Rabbit" books and the "Eastwick" books, in particular...also the short stories.

Allison said...

Going to have to go with Wilde, one more time.

raidergirl3 said...

I've liked the idea of Wilde's books much better than the execution. I'll give a vote for the recently deceased Updike this week.
I picked up Run Rabit Run for 50 cents at the library last night. Score.

Anonymous said...


I've never liked Updike, and he ties with Salinger for the very special honour of having written the worst book I've ever read.

Reading Updike made me actually seek out the dictionary definition of the word "turgid" to make sure it was sufficiently damning.