Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- José Saramago VERSUS Franz Kafka


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (José Saramago Vs. M.G. Vassanji) with a final score of 4-2 was José Saramago.

Notice that last week's contest had the exact same score.

Not even canuck pride could save Vassanji last week. I guess 2 Giller Prizes don't equal one Nobel Prize. Oh well, he can always fall back on his doctorate in nuclear physics if the writing doesn't pan out. Sheesh. Why does talent have to be like wealth--unevenly distributed?

I've only read one Vassanji novel, The Book of Secrets. I don't remember much about it or liking it all that much.

We move on.

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Who's better?

8 comments:

Allison said...

Kafka! Hands down.

Nicola said...

Finally, someone I've read!!

Kafka, all the way, baby!

Kate Austin said...

Kafka, all the way!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going to have to go with Kafka as well, as The Metamorphosis blew me away decades before Blindness did.

Anonymous said...

Kafka - the sputum king.

However - it would be morally reckless to broadly advise anyone to read him in Yellowknife between Nov. 1 and April 1. One oughta have access to lots of light if you share time with k.

-Myshkin.

Melanie said...

Wow, what a Kafka runaway...and I'm going to spoil it. I still love Saramago more; he has a gentleness that is more soothing than the existential angst of Kafka, although I'd judge their writing as equally admirable.

claire said...

I'm embarrassed to say I haven't read Kafka (but meaning to for years), so I'll vote for Saramago because I love him.

Bybee said...

Kafka.