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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- A Handmaid's Tale VERSUS Oryx and Crake



The winner of our very first book against book challenge (Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale vs. Yann Martel's Life of Pi), with a final score of 15-4was A Handmaid's Tale.

Honestly, I thought this would have been closer. It certainly would have been very difficult for me. I was a little disappointed by those that said they gave up on it. The ending is the crucial part of that book, it's what people who've read the whole thing talk about. To me, it would be like leaving a tied hockey game after the second period. But, of course, if Martel didn't win their interest, I guess he's somewhat to blame. But a boy in boat with a tiger? A carnivorous island? How does that not hook you in? Oh well, to each her own.

This week, it's Atwood against Atwood.

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 26thth, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

11 comments:

Corey Redekop said...

Tough. Handmaid has the stamina, but Oryx is far more likely a scenario for our future.

But...Handmaid.

C. B. James said...

Handmaid's Tale. I think it's the better book, frankly, and I think it hits much closer to home. It's about the future, but reading it one can't help but think of contemporary politics. Oppression of women and gays in Iraq, excommunitcations for abortion in Brazil.

Remi said...

Tough. My first response would be to say both.

I'm going with Oryx and Crake. I just liked it better, for some reason.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm going with Oryx and Crake as well. Maybe because it was more fantastical, I was able to enjoy it more. A Handmaid's Tale felt too close to reality.

Chris said...

Sticking with Handmaid's Tale.

(I agree that the end of Life of Pi is totally worth it!)

Kate said...

My vote will also have to go for A Handmaid's Tale, as it is the book that has compelled me to re-read it many times (though if you were having a Scrabble Word competition, ORYX is one of my favourite words to use!)

Carrie K said...

A Handmaid's Tale utterly creeped me out and I haven't read Oryx & Crake so alas, no vote from me this week.

Historia said...

Since I have not read Oryx and Crake, I will vote for A Handmaids Tale - again

Nicola said...

I haven't read Oryx and Crake so I will once again place my vote with A Handmaid's Tale.

Teddy Rose said...

Man oh man John, your not playing fair! They were both excellent books and very relevant still today. I'm going to have to go with A Handmaids Tale though. I think it should be required reading in high school everywhere!

Wendy said...

I love all things Atwood - and I've read and enjoyed both of these books. But, this was an easy one for me: The Handmaid's Tale