What Do You Think of the Debates?
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I was impressed by Jody's defense of Nostalgia...he made the case very well and related it to issues the world is dealing with today.
I was surprised by the result of the vote...but that's what makes Canada Reads so exciting.
Was it my imagination, or did no one have anything good to say about any of the books that weren't their own? I don't like that.
In some previous years, they would ask a question and get people to talk a bit about a book (in a positive way) that wasn't their own. That is, not including your book, which book best did this...? I liked that way to do it.
At this point, there might only be two of the five books I'm interested in. Though I won't decide for sure until the end.
I'm sure I just wasn't listening properly. (Sorry, too much life going on in my head right now)
In the on-line Q&A session after the debates, Jody Mitic made a stronger case for Nostalgia than he had during the official debate...could he have saved it?
Anyway, the two books I actually liked are gone. So far, no one's voted for the same book twice, so it will be interesting to see who wins.....anyone care to make a prediction?
Company Town is one that sounds interesting to me, as does The Right to be Cold
It is interesting how much the debates are swaying the votes. I often wonder how much of the debates do that vs. how much their minds are made up already.
I was going to comment, whether it continued on or not, that I don't think Chantal is doing a great job at defending The Right to be Cold. Maybe it's just me?
Company Town, in my opinion, is flawed. The plot makes no sense. The young heir is getting death threats from the future....a future that is better if he lives. I just didn't get it. And, didn't care enough to re-read sections to see if I'd missed something.
Fifteen Dogs is a good idea but poorly executed...the themes Humble describes are all there, but didn't come out strongly.
I sure wish Jody's comments about being forced to re-invent his life had been made during the debate, rather than at the Q&A. I think it would have saved Nostalgia.
Does anyone know what M.G. Vassanji said that offended Candy Palmeter?
I don't get to listen "live" and go to the website when I get home to watch/listen in the evenings. When I went to the website tonight, there were two headlines/links and the first one announced the winner! The one beside it to the right was to listen to today's debate. I hate spoilers!!!
However, although I love animals, I'm not convinced I want to read Fifteen Dogs, but I do think Humble did a good job defending it.
I agree , Lynn B, that the themes that Humble described are there, but it did not come through strongly in the book.
I thought Measha did the best job persuading. I don't think I actually want to read Company Town, but she sure made it sound good.
Still on the fence about whether I want to read Fifteen Dogs or not. It's short, so if a copy falls in my lap I think I will.
Measha did a great job defending it, and I was intrigued by an opera singer defending that kind of book...a different twist on the diversity of Canada, eh?
Yes, CBC needs to do something about spoilers! They announced the winners on the 6 p.m. radio news and I know many people who would not have yet heard the debate....which CBC radio re-ran at 8 p.m. itself....and promoted as "find out which book...."
I specifically avoided coming here until I was done. :-)
If they just held off until the next day, at least, that would be nice!
I have e-copies of Company Town and The Break so I will try to get to them in the near future. I am curious about both.