Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Miriam Toews VERSUS Marjane Satrapi



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Miriam Toews Vs Wayne Johnston, with a final score of 6-3 was Miriam Toews!

Lots of interesting comments on Wayne Johnston last week. I want to comment on a couple of them. Nicola began by saying she hadn't even heard of the guy. Being from Newfoundland, I'd of course first heard of him when I lived there, but when his The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York were back to back shortlisted for the Giller, I'd thought he'd entered national consciousness. Guess few people remembers the runners up, eh?

Then there was Nadine who voted against Johnston more on personal reasons. It seems she had taken a creative writing course, and well, they didn't hit it off. I found this very interesting because it touches upon a similar experience that I had. My first Johnston book was The Story of Bobby O'Malley and it was for a university course taught by Newfoundland poet and personal friend of Johnston, Mary Dalton. Like Nadine and Wayne, I don't think Mary and I clicked either and I ended up not being able to stand Bobby O'Malley. If it wasn't for Colony being a Canada Reads book later down the road, I probably wouldn't have given Johnston another chance. To my great surprise, I loved it, and would probably put it in my top 10 of all time.

And as always, we move on.

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. (Dec 8, 2009), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?

7 comments:

Kate said...

Ooohhh... this is a tough decision... I won't be disappointed no matter which way the vote goes...

I think that I'll have to go with Marjane Satrapi because Persepolis has stayed in my heart longer than anything my Miriam Toews that I have read.

Wanda said...

Though my older daughter liked them, the Persepolis GN's didn't really do it for me.

Miriam Toews this go around!

claire said...

You know, I have been going back and forth on Colony, but you've convinced me to read it (I trust you). Anyway, my vote is for Toews, even though I liked Persepolis too.

Nicola said...

I've read neither author but Persepolis is on my library hold list so I'll go with Marjane Satrapi.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Tough one, two worthy contenders. Gonna have to go with my homey Miriam again!

Melanie said...

I'll vote for Satrapi this week. I found her books illuminating and intriguing, but I'm not overly fond of any of Toews' books.

Corey Redekop said...

Toews.