Friday, August 3

10E2016: Book Wars

I have not been to this particular local book club yet but they have a great idea for discussions; book wars. Brilliant. Paraphrased as below.
Read books by authors who were also rivals and compare the works.

A pair that springs to mind is Faulkner vs. Hemingway.
Faulkner: "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
Hemingway: "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use."
Or Mario Vargas Llosa vs. Gabriel Garcia Marquez? The former once punched the latter in the face, and no one quite knows why (http://www.mentalflos...
Any other ideas for rivalries? 
 Killer idea. Hope they go through with it.

2 comments:

webwrights said...

A strong contender has to be Gore Vidal vs. Norman Mailer. After Vidal gave a Mailer book a bad review, Mailer slugged him. From the floor, Vidal said, "Words fail Norman Mailer yet again."

james at 10engines said...

Great one.