1. (7/8) Christy
2. (6/8) Jim
3. (5/8) Amy, David, Jed, Jennifer, Jeremy, Kathryn, Kevin from Canada, Laura, Lawrence, Matthew, Meagan, Mike, Nathan, Susan, The Reading Ape, Tim, [oops: Tom], and Tony. (
17 18, if you are counting).
My predicted winner of Match One of Round Two: Freedom
Contest Entrants’ Choices: 71% Freedom vs. 21% Room (percentages do not add to one hundred because some of us blew it….)
If any book can topple Freedom, it is Room. No. Wait. Sorry. If any book can topple Franzen’s juggernaut, it is Egan’s juggernaut. Which is not to say Room cannot take down Freedom, just that, if it does, Freedom would have lost to A Visit From the Goon Squad in the semifinals anyway.
But Room most likely will not best Freedom. Room takes place in a room, after all. Freedom takes place in America. If there is one thing I know about Matt Dellinger (the judge for this match), it is that he likes highways, specifically American highways.* Highways are not at all like rooms. And, while there is some America bashing in Freedom, you cannot have America-bashing without America. Freedom wins.**
Which is all to say, I have only read Freedom, so I could only regurgitate from others’ reviews of Room in providing any comparison of the two. My bad.
* In fact, I do know only one thing about Mr. Dellinger and that is the title of his book: Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway. The title suggests he at least likes America and, well, also that he quit writing his book too soon.
** Except in certain totalitarian countries such as North Korea and Saudi Arabia. This exception only applies with any certainty in the short to medium-long term as, very possibly, does the original rule.