Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #4- The Handmaid's Tale VERSUS Catch-22



The last week's Great Wednesday Compare ( The Handmaid's Tale vs. The Giver), with a final score of 7-5 was The Handmaid's Tale.

Last week's vote was close, even though many commentators said they had not read Lowry's The Giver. It would be interesting to know if The Giver would have taken the lead otherwise. As Teddy pointed out that it's not that long and not a difficult read, so it wouldn't take much time. I suggest giving it a shot.

C.B. James pointed out last week that it may be unfair to compare an adult book to a young adult book. Possibly, but I hope no one assumes an adult book is necessarily superior. Certainly The Giver and many other young adult books have their adult fans. There's much to be said for appealing to such a wide demographic. But, then when you think about it, what's another couple years? The Handmaid's Tale is read by teens in some high schools all the way up to seniors. Do those 2 or 3 extra years of junior high appeal mean The Giver is better? Maybe, maybe not.

Anyway, this week's contender moves us away from dystopia.

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. (June 9th, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Which is better?

12 comments:

Bybee said...

Once more, I must vote for the woman who brought the cat.

Kate said...

While there are a few books that I would vote for over The Handmaid's Tale, you haven't hit on any of them yet.

So for now, my vote remains with:
The Handmaid's Tale.

Nicola said...

Well, my vote is back to Atwood as I haven't read Catch-22.

Corey Redekop said...

Catch-22. No question. It has influenced a generation of satirists. And it's damn funny.

Book Psmith said...

I am going with Catch-22 as a shout out to my dad who just spent the better part of a year reading it (he only reads while eating breakfast so it was slow going).

Melanie said...

Catch 22! I loved it and it was hilarious all the way through. Although I like Atwood, the only part of The Handmaid's Tale I liked was the postscript.

Allison said...

Catch-22. Its one I try to read every year.

Carrie K said...

Catch-22.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's a truly tough choice. But I am going with Catch-22 just because it has become such a cultural icon. We are nothing without our icons.

August said...

Catch-22.

It's genuinely funny (though less human that Richard Hooker's MASH), and I'll do anything to dethrone Iron Maggie.

Teddy Rose said...

I am going with The Handmaid's Tale!

Wendy said...

Hands down - The Handmaid's Tale. I couldn't even get through Catch-22...hated it.