Monday, April 5, 2010

Literary March Madness, Round 1 - Part 8

This is it! The final foursome of the first round, the last step before we really get into the meat of things in Round 2! And, in my opinion, we've saved some of a best matches for last. First up is #2 Henry James (The Golden Bowl) versus #15 Sherman Alexie (The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven). Personally, these are two of my favorite authors, and it's tough for me to see one of them be eliminated in the first round. However, I think that the question that you ought to ask yourself when voting is this: Is America being pulled eastwards towards England and the continent, or to the west, into the amnesiac Pacific Ocean?

You don't get quite the same challenges of national identity in Stendahl (The Red and the Black) versus Heller (Catch-22) or Faulkner (The Sound and the Fury) versus Hesse (Steppenwolf). But what about Orwell versus Salinger?

James v. Alexie

Faulkner v. Hesse

Stendahl v. Heller

Orwell v. Salinger

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