Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #3- A.A. Milne VERSUS J.M. Barrie


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (A.A. Milne Vs. Kazuo Ishiguro) with a final score of 6-4 was A.A. Milne.

Saying good-bye to Kazuo Ishiguro this week, I'm reminded of a very divided bookclub meeting I attended in Iqaluit where we discussed Never Let Me Go. I went to the meeting somewhat undecided but quickly jumped to the anti side, which also turned out to be the winning side. Now, two years later, I still remember it as the dystopian book that just didn't deliver. (They're making it into a movie, have you heard?) That's it for my experience with Ishiguro. I haven't read, nor seen, Remains of the Day or any of his other books. I thought I was done with him, but I LOVED Laza's comment last week that Ishiguro has perfected the art of the unreliable narrator. Now I want to read another one just to see. Thanks Laza!

This week, we have another author made more famous by Disney.

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 29nd, 2009), and if you want your author to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who's better?

12 comments:

Laza said...

Oh boy. I could talk for days about Ishiguro! I loved Never Let Me Go, although it had its flaws. Remains of the Day is probably his best work, of what I've read. It is not a fast paced novel so it requires a lot of attention, but it deserves it.

I've never read JM Barrie, so I guess I shouldn't vote this week!

raidergirl3 said...

I never identified with Peter Pan and boys who never grow up, but I've met lots!
I like the philosophy of Pooh Bear much more, so I'll vote for AA Milne in the battle of British initials.

(yes! read another Ishiguro; I'm bummed that he didn't win last week)

claire said...

I loved The Remains of the Day and liked A Pale View of Hills. Although I never really liked Never Let Me Go all that much, I still like returning to his books every now and then.. I understand, though, why others wouldn't. I didn't get to vote last week but I would've for Ishiguro.

I loved Peter Pan as a child, but the Disney movie, haven't read the book. So for now my vote is for Milne.

gypsysmom said...

As a person whose real name is one of the characters in Peter Pan, I of course have to vote for him.

Kate said...

Still have to go for AA Milne - who can resist Pooh and Christopher Robin, and of course all of those poems.

What is the matter with Mary Jane?
She hasn't an ache, and she hasn't a pain,
And it's lovely rice pudding for dinner again!
Oh what is the matter with Mary Jane?

Anonymous said...

My Grandma loved Window in Thrums - i used to hunt book shops for old compendiums of his work... so for that reason i'll vote JM Barrie.
- Myshkin.

Nicola said...

I absolutely hate the book Peter Pan. The Disney movie is fun. But the book is so boring, didactic and Peter is terribly non-likable. The mother/child relationship between Wendy and the Lost Boys is creepy and well you get the picture ....

My vote goes for lovable ol' Pooh aka A.A. Milne

Remi said...

I shall once again throw my support behind my Northern Ontario compatriot, Mr. Pooh.

Milne for me.

Carrie K said...

J M Barrie for me. Pirates, never growing up and Nana that adorable sheepdog, what could be better? Disney didn't make him famous, he capitalized on the existing fame.

Bybee said...

Pooh 'n' the gang.

kimpett said...

I definitely choose Milne. Even though both authors have been popularized by film, the Pooh books are much better than Peter.

John Mutford said...

Sorry Kimpett, the voting on this one is closed. You'll be happy to note that Milne won this round. Now he's off to fight Verne.