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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #5- George Eliot VERSUS Joseph Conrad



The final winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Shel Silverstein Vs George Eliot), with a final score of 4-3, was George Eliot!

The sidewalk ends here for Shel Silverstein. Not that I've ever read that particular book, though I have read The Giving Tree and Runny Babbit. I was never a big fan of The Giving Tree, but you can read my concerns over at Loni's, if you're interested. As for Runny Babbit, it's pleasant enough, though it's basically just a long spoonerism gag and tends to get old quickly. Silverstein can be forgiven with that one as it was published posthumously. Who knows if he would have wanted any changes? Plus, the illustrations are great.

Also, as a couple people have already commented, Silverstein's song writing is also not to be forgotten. Not only did he write some of Dr Hook's most popular songs ("Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone"), he also wrote Loretta Lynn's "One's on the Way," The Irish Rover's "The Unicorn," and most appreciatively for me, Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue." He was also a frequent contributor to Playboy Magazine (not posing, I hope).

This week, it's a Victorian showdown. Who will emerge victorious?

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 11, 2010), and if you want your book to get more votes, feel free to promote them here or on your blog!

Who is better?

11 comments:

Allison said...

Not going to vote this week, as I'm not overly familiar with either, so doesn't seem right.

I didn't know Silverstein's song writing credits stretched that far though. Interesting.

PeachyTO said...

This is a hard one for me, as I don't have a clear favourite. I decided to check my TBR list to see who had more books on it, and they both have only one. George Eliot with Middlemarch and Joseph Conrad with Heart of Darkness.

I think I'll have to go with Joseph Conrad because I like his moustach...does that count?

Kate said...

I'm not going to vote this week - I haven't managed to finish anything by Eliot (despite starting a couple of times); and I didn't particularly enjoy Heart of Darkness.

Chris said...

George Eliot for me again. Not impressed with Heart of Darkness.

Isabella said...

George Eliot! I've tried but never managed to enjoy Conrad — can't get past page 11 of any of his books. I wrote school assignments on Heart of Darkness but never read it.

gypsysmom said...

This year I overcame the hate of Conrad that I acquired in high school by being forced to read Victory and I actually finished Nostromo. Despite that there is no contest for me in this choice--it's George Eliot hands down. Middlemarch was great but I thought The Mill on the Floss was even better.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Well since I have actually read Eliot, I am going to have to go with my girl George.

I was surprised to find out about Silverstein's song writing prowess as well.

Melwyk said...

Eliot!! I love him,er, her... seriously, I am voting for her this week as I much prefer her subject and style.

Chumley said...

I have read little Eliot, but a great deal of Conrad. She no doubt had the greater mind, but I have always liked Conrad's ears and those sad eyes--he could carry the monocle off in his later years like no other. So, one vote for the sailor in the white suit.

Bybee said...

Eliot again, by George.

Loni said...

George Eliot!