Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- Franz Kafka VERSUS Jean-Paul Sartre


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (José Saramago Vs. Franz Kafka) with a final score of 6-2 was Franz Kafka.

I've read precisely one work each by last week's authors: Blindness by Jose Saramago and Kafka's short story "In The Penal Colony" (no, I still haven't read The Metamorphosis.) Often I like a book so much that for months after I refer to myself as a fan of that particular author. That happened with Blindness. I went ga-ga for it. However, I'm nervous to read anything else by him. Right now I say I'm a Saramago fan. What if nothing else he wrote lives up to it?

Anyway, this week I'm in with another heavy hitter. Perhaps too heavy. Perhaps I'm jumping the heavy shark. But what the heck.

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. (Mar. 10, 2009), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

10 comments:

Remi said...

Well, I'm either afraid to answer because of how it may be twisted or I just can't see the point in answering.

Talk about conflicted.

Kafka because waking up and feeling like an insect isn't far from how I felt the last time I woke up with a hangover.

thatsthebook said...

Hands down has to be Sartre. Love his writing as a novelist, philosopher and playwright. I cannot think of anyone that has been able to write in such a prolific way as Sartre.

gautami tripathy said...

Sartre. A diverse personality reflected in his works.

Sandra said...

Tough one. I feel as if apples and oranges are being compared somehow. I love them both for very different reasons. I just can't choose between them John, sorry. A very interesting choice though.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Eeep, I have never read Sartre. My bad. But I shall suck it up and go with Kafka.

Anonymous said...

Kafka...

Waking up as a bug at 8am is more interesting than suffering nausea at 3pm.

-Myshkin.

Isabella said...

Sartre!

(I'm sorry I didn't vote last week. Saramago is exquisite. Read more of him! I promise you won't be disappointed.)

Melanie said...

Kafka this time.

I really like Saramago's "The Cave". Or, really, most of his older stuff especially.

Anonymous said...

kafka

Michael said...

Kafka is a bit more of a hero for me than is Sartre, and Kafka's entire body of work appeals to me more. Sartre, on the other hand, wrote two works of fiction (Nausea and The Age of Reason) that I probably prefer over any of Kafka's works as individual pieces.