Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- A.A. Milne VERSUS Kazuo Ishiguro


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (A.A. Milne Vs. Herman Melville) with a final score of 8-4 was A.A. Milne.

I can't say I'm that surprised with these results. I can't say I'm terribly disappointed either. I found Moby Dick to be a painful reading experience. Maybe the story could have been intriguing, maybe it's even, as Myshkin pointed out last week, still relevant today, but how does one get past all those "Whaling For Dummies" chapters? Every second chapter just ignored the plot in favour of teaching the proper way to spear a whale, deblubber a whale, etc. I'm okay with non-fiction from time to time, but Melville made it sooooo boring and disruptive to the plot. But, contrary to Barbara's comment last week, Melville was more than Moby Dick. I haven't read any of those other books, but according to Bybee last week, Pierre wasn't any better. How about Billy Budd? Anyone want to weigh in on that one?

This week, we bring in a more modern contender.

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. (April 22nd, 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:

Becky said...

A.A. Milne

Nicola said...

Hmm, I almost don't know who to put and I haven't even read any Ishiguro BUT I want to read him so *badly* and I'll be very surprised if I don't end up enjoying him very much.

But I guess in the end I better vote for what I know so my vote goes to.....

A.A. Milne

Laza said...

Ishiguro. I absolutely love his work. He's perfected the art of the unreliable narrator.

Gavin said...

Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go is one of my all time favorites.

Lahni said...

A. A. Milne

raidergirl3 said...

I have truly enjoyed all the books I've read by Ishiguro, and I've put him on my very short list of favorite authors, so he is definitely getting my vote.
So, to make it official: Ishiguro!

Kate said...

A. A. Milne.

I've only ready one book by Ishiguro, and it was so unmemorable that I can't even remember what it was called!

gypsysmom said...

Well, I haven't read Milne in many years but I've thought Ishiguro's work showed as much imagination and I liked his writing a lot.

I am going to vote for Ishiguro this time.

Bybee said...

A.A. Milne. Mostly because he beat Melville.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Obviously I will have to withdraw my insensitive remarks from last week, especially since it turns out that I have in fact read Billy Budd. Evidently it did not make much of an impression on me.

On to this week's challenge though, I shall have to once again go with my boy Milne. I have only ever watched films based on Ishiguro books, and that is a little too far removed to make a statement.