Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- Ann-Marie MacDonald VERSUS Gabrielle Roy



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Ann-Marie MacDonald Vs Bernice Morgan), with a final score of 6-2, was Ann-Marie MacDonald!

This week we bid farewell to Bernice Morgan. It seems that a lack of popularity did her in, but at least the two who did vote for her were so enthusiastic that a few of the MacDonald fans promised to read Morgan (and we're holding them to it!) While I haven't read and can't say much about Morgan's latest offering and Canada Also Reads longlisted Cloud of Bone, I can say that her Random Passage and sequel Waiting for Time are considered classics back in Newfoundland. Beyond Newfoundland, the first book was also a national bestseller and the two books together generated a CBC miniseries back in 2002 starring Colm Meaney. The movie set was left standing and is now used as a historic tourist site. My wife and I had the opportunity to go there many summers ago and were even able to try on the costumes. Even if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, I'd recommend visiting.

This week we stick with our CanLit theme...

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

Who is better?

9 comments:

Kate said...

Sticking with Ann-Marie MacDonald!

Nicola said...

OK, finally back to someone I've read!

Gabrielle Roy, for my vote.

raidergirl3 said...

(Cloud of Bone is excellent! I heard Morgan read from it too)

vote for... MacDonald I guess. I haven't read the other guy. Is he related to Patrick? :)

John Mutford said...

Raidergirl: That other guy is a woman actually. Um, guess I didn't pick the most flattering picture.

gypsysmom said...

As good as Ann-Marie Macdonald is I'm voting for Gabrielle Roy. Her fiction always makes me nostalgic (and wish I had a teacher like her when I was growing up).

BTW, I missed last week's but I might have voted for Bernice Morgan. I read Random Passage by her last year and on the strength of that recommended Cloud of Bone to my book club so we're reading it for February.

Allison said...

Gabrielle Roy!

Scrat said...

I have read and enjoyed works by both these authors. Nonetheless, I am sticking with Anne Marie Macdonald. Now if you put Camilla Gibb up against Anne Marie Macdonald, I would find this a much more difficult choice to make.

Wanda said...

AMM for me again, thanks!

Pooker said...

Okay, I'll make it interesting and vote for Gabrielle Roy. Not only is she wonderfully descriptive of people and place, I don't think I've ever seen any of the those seven words you can't say on television in her stories.

Plus, we share a birthday.