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Poll: Contest of the week: García Márquez vs Hermann Hesse. Whose works do you like best?
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Caryl Swift  Identity Verified
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Both Jul 7, 2006

No possible option here for me - I've read both, enjoy, admire and rate both equally.

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Claudia Alvis  Identity Verified
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Mean poll Jul 7, 2006

I can't choose one over the other, it's too hard. I love them both. Besides, their styles are completely different.

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Julio Torres
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An advantage Jul 7, 2006

For Spanish native speakers, García Marquez has an advantage over Hesse: he writes in our language. Hesse depends on the translator. =(

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Andrea Quintana  Identity Verified
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Missing option: "Both" Jul 7, 2006

I agree with Claudia and Caryl.
I've read both in Spanish, and they're great, each with different characteristics to admire and enjoy. My vote definitely goes to both.


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Of course, Gabo Jul 7, 2006

For Spanish native speakers, García Marquez has an advantage over Hesse: he writes in our language. Hesse depends on the translator.

That says it all. And of course, it is a provincial view, from which we are not exempt.


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More provincial view Jul 7, 2006

Julio Arturo Torres Jaubert wrote:

For Spanish native speakers, García Marquez has an advantage over Hesse: he writes in our language. Hesse depends on the translator. =(


Neither works are in my native tongue, not even in English translations. I am thoroughly provincial and typical of non-exempt.
By the way, are we out of Poll subjects?


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Amen Jul 7, 2006

By the way, are we out of Poll subjects?

Unfortunately I´m sure we´re not, but it sure would be nice if we were.


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Dusica Cook  Identity Verified
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47% haven't read them! Jul 7, 2006

difficult choice, but...

i am shocked to see that 47% of 275 (at the moment) haven't read either of the two!

it is a disgrace to the profession!


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Kirill Semenov  Identity Verified
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My thought exactly... Jul 7, 2006

Dusica Cook wrote:
i am shocked to see that 47% of 275 (at the moment) haven't read either of the two!
it is a disgrace to the profession!


Sure, it is. But I hope the poll will urge some our colleagues to read both Marquez and Hesse.


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LuciaC
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Shock? Jul 7, 2006

I love them both with a preference for Marquez.

But if so far many respondents are, say, Asians, I wouldn't be shocked if they hadn't read them. After all how much Chinese, Corean or Indonesian literature do we (Westeners) know?


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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No option... Jul 7, 2006

... for me. I read only Hesse.


Anni


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Chiara Covili  Identity Verified
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Nor hesse neither García Marquez Jul 7, 2006

I read both and in original language, but I don't like their novels; I prefere other authors, like Hugo, Dumas, Emily Bronte and Cervantes

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Aurora Humarán  Identity Verified
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Not enough options Jul 7, 2006

as other colleagues have already mentioned.

Once you like a writer, I don't think you can like him 'more' than another writer.

I like Papini, Carpentier, Tabucci, Paz, Cortázar, Hesse, Bioy Casares... but I don't have my Top 50 ranking where Gabo is Number 1 and Rosario Castellanos goes second... I like them all... for different moments of my life, and even of my day.

I was about to start City (Baricco), but I decided that now I NEED to read Maurice (Forster). Different writers, both Number one for me.

No possible ranking when our friends (the Writers) are involved. They are all my Number One.... Ok, I should exclude Borges, I know! I know! (my shrink is working on this obsession, though! )

Au


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Zsanett Rozendaal-Pandur  Identity Verified
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Explanation Jul 7, 2006

Dusica Cook wrote:
i am shocked to see that 47% of 275 (at the moment) haven't read either of the two!

it is a disgrace to the profession!


I think you're jumping into conclusions.

Note that the poll options are very limited. I've chosen the option "I haven't read them" because I interpreted it as "I haven't read enough by both of them". I read only one thing by Hesse a long time ago, and I don't find that it gives me a good enough basis to compare him with Marquez, whom I've read a bit more - perhaps three books.

I don't see how this would be a disgrace to the profession. Perhaps if we were all literary critics, or professors or translators of Spanish and German literature.

[Módosítva: 2006-07-07 09:37]


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