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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- A Handmaid's Tale VERSUS Life of Pi


Beating out A.A. Milne last week, making him a three time GWC Champion, is Robertson Davies!!!

Let's recap the crazy ride that was the Great Wednesday Compare #3:

We began back in August of 2008 with a couple authors who have been commercial successes, but critic scratching posts: Sidney Sheldon versus Danielle Steel. There was way more love for Sheldon, shutting out Steel 7-0. The following week, Sheldon was again the lady killer, taking out Mary Higgins Clark 8-4. He met his match the next week, however, with the batty Anne Rice 10-1. But, far from immortal, Rice fell quickly to Clive Barker 8-0. Barker then scared away John Grisham 9-5 and Joe Hill 6-5. Eventually, he was called out by the legendary H.P. Lovecraft 7-4. But, God wasn't there for Lovecraft and the following week he was taken down by Judy Blume 8-5. But Blume couldn't hold on forever, especially once Beverly Cleary entered the picture 13-2. Amy Tan joined the Bad Luck Club the following week, losing to Cleary 6-3. Cleary doesn't do what Stan Lee can and she lost 6-3. The spider was taken out by the maus just one week later as Art Spiegelman downed Stan Lee 4-2. But it was also a brief history for Spiegelman once Stephen Hawking came along 4-1. I don't think George W. had anything to do with it, but Noam Chomsky won the next week, beating Hawking 5-3. Chomsky was then ravaged by Vladimir Nabokov 8-0 who subsequently took his last spike from Pierre Berton 5-1. Berton then rolled over Will Ferguson 7-0 and smoked Robert W. Service 5-4. Unfortunately, Berton was little match for Hans Christian Anderson, who burned him 5-1. Anderson went on to make a stew out of Beatrix Potter 4-3. Still, no one could picture him beating Oscar Wilde and he lost 7-5. Then, as if there were a bounty on his head, Wilde offed Salman Rushdie 10-2. He also didn't like young man James Joyce and outed him 9-5. Wilde was then snared by John Updike 4-3. Just coming 99 years and 51 weeks short of solitude, Updike was knocked aside by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 6-0. No one could see Marquez taking two in a row and he lost to Jose Saramago 4-2. Saramago then assassinated M.G. Vassanji 4-2 but under the hands of Franz Kafka, he metamorphosed into a loser 6-2. Kafka also said "non" to Jean-Paul Sartre 4-3 but "oui" to Laura Ingalls Wilder 13-4. A.A. Milne's house, however, was too little for Wilder and he sent her packing 9-8. He continued to pooh-pooh on the competition, hunting down Herman Melville 8-4, leaving nothing remaining of Kazuo Ishiguro 6-4, saying "never, never" to J.M. Barrie 6-3, and sending Jules Verne to the bottom of the sea 5-2. At five consecutive wins, all he had to do was take out the champion from the previous two Wednesday Compares: Robertson Davies. But, as always, the bearded one flew in like it was nobody business, and practically destroyed Milne 9-1.

Which means we move on to the Great Wednesday Compare #4!!!

Moving away from authors for this installment, we'll match book against book.

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. (May 19th, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

20 comments:

Teddy Rose said...

No comparison! Handmaid's Tale by a land slide! IMO!

Kate said...

Tough decision - I loved both books. But since I found that the last chapter of Pi spoiled the rest of the book, while the last chapter of Handmaid was brilliant, my vote has to go for:

A Handmaid's Tale

Chris said...

The Handmaid's Tale scared the bejebus out of me. I'm going with that one.

Jo-Ann said...

Handmaid's Tale. I could not get into The life of Pi.

Corey Redekop said...

I love both novels, but I'm going to give the edge to Life of Pi. I fully expected to enjoy Handmaid's Tale, but Life of Pi shot out of nowhere and beat me about the face and neck with its brilliance. I've also read it three time, and only once for Handmaid. Gotta go with Martel.

And when the hell is the next one coming out? Screw Dan Brown and his barely-literate nonsense, Martel's next is the eagerly awaited empty space on my shelves.

Daibhin said...

The Handmaid's Tale all the way. Pi pales in comparison next to it!

gautami tripathy said...

The Handmaid's Tale. I have not been able to finish Life of Pi!

Nicola said...

Well, this is going to be fun. Something a little different. Since I've only read one of the books and i did like it. My vote goes to:

A Handmaid's Tale

Loni said...

It's so difficult to choose. I've read both books and thought they were fantastic. But I definitely love The Handmaid's Tale more.

Mongoose said...

I haven't read The Handmaid's Tale but it can't very well be any worse than Life of Pi. I vote for The Handmaid's Tale.

Carrie K said...

I couldn't finish The Handmaid's Tale (too scary) so Life of Pi (which I loved) gets my vote.

Very exciting wrap up, btw! Excellently done.

Beth F said...

Ok. Going with Handmaid's Tale because I really liked it and I haven't been able to make myself read Life of Pi -- even though I promised my blog readers I'd do it before the end of the year.

Hope I'm not sorry about my choice when I finally get around to reading Pi.

raidergirl3 said...

(sorry kate!)

Tough decision - I loved both books. But since I found that the last chapter of Handmaid's Tale spoiled the rest of the book, while the last chapter of Pi was brilliant, my vote has to go for:

The Life of Pi

(well, the last chapter probably didn't spoil Handmaid's Tale, it's been so long since I read it, but the last chapter of Pi was awesome! and made the book, so it gets my vote)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Book vs book! Very sneaky and very challenging, especially as they are both fine books.

Handmaid's Tale

Bybee said...
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Bybee said...

Handmaid's Tale..which I'm planning to read again very soon. After 24 years, it'll be like a whole new book!

Historia said...

Hand maids tale - only because I have read it. I have tried to get into the Life of Pi, but cannot seem to get interested in it.

Scribacchina said...

With previous compares, I was usually unable to vote because I never knew both authors enough -- so thank you, John, for moving to books instead!
I liked enough both books, although (I hope Kate and Raidergirl won't be mad at me) I found the last chapter spoiled both :) My vote goes to the one that made me laugh: Life of Pi

fleurfisher said...

Absolutely and definitely A Handmaid's Tale - by a very, very long way.

GeraniumCat said...

While I accept that The Handmaid's Tale is a brilliant book, I didn't like it. So I'm going for Life of Pi, which I loved.