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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Great Wednesday Compare #8- Jacob Marley VERSUS Ebeneezer Scrooge


The winner of last week's Great Wednesday Compare (Jay Gatsby VERSUS Jacob Marley), with a final score of 5-0 was Jacob Marley.

The Great or Bah-Humbug Gatsby? As I said last week, I'm really not a fan of Gatsby. So I'm not really disappointed in last week's vote. Nor am I surprised. Not only did Marley have an unfair Christmas advantage last week, but I've heard the Great Gatsby described as the Great American Novel. As most of my readers are Canadian, I assume its Americana is irrelevant to us. Just as its greatness is lost on me. As those of you that read Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi will remember, it was one of the books she and her students studied. I hoped that I'd finally realize what it was that people saw in the book, but no, I still don't like it. Will Baz Luhrmann's movie adaptation convince me? We'll just have to wait and see.

For now, however, let's say goodbye Gatsby.

Vote in the comment section below before Dec 28th: Who is the better character?


12 comments:

Megan said...

Ooooh. Although I'm partial to Marley (such a memorable fellow!) I'm gonna have to go with Scrooge. He's just a more well-developed character.

Chrisbookarama said...

Scrooge!

C.B. James said...

I missed last week. Shoot. Marley over Gatsby, seriously? Marley's a footnote! A stock ghost figure. Take away his chains and there's no one there.

I'm voting Scrooge.

Bah! Humbug!

Can anyone quote Marley?

April said...

I'm for Scrooge, too.


Happy Holidays!

Kate said...

Scrooge, for the reasons already mentioned (better developed character, character development thought the book etc).

Teddy Rose said...

Ebeneezer Scrooge as he a more well developed character.

Besides, I agree with him, "bah humbug" I don't celebrate Christmas. In fact, there are lots of people who don't but everyone assumes the entire universe celebrates it. I do like the time off work though.

pinksheepcafe said...

Really? Everyone is going with Scrooge? I have to respectfully disagree. I'm going with Marley!

Jonita said...

I'm going with Scrooge! Marley's great, but Scrooge is more memorable by far!

Nicola said...

I'm going against the popular vote too. I'm going with Marley. A ghost fettered in chains is much more interesting than a grumpy old man!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

They are both pretty grand, so I am flipping a coin here.
... Scrooge, it is.

Melwyk said...

I'll say Scrooge. Because Marley is full of regrets and fettered in chains of his own making, while Scrooge is allowed the chance to change. And after all, at the end of the story "it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge".

Allison said...

My vote goes for Scrooge.

Happy Christmas, John!