Of the novels that topped the 1941 bestseller list, the two that are probably best remembered today are James Hilton’s Random Harvest and Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. At the risk of ruining the suspense, I’ll state now that For Whom the Bell Tolls was, and remains, superior to Random Harvest.
The top 10 list contains a couple of gems beside the Hemingway novel. Get out your library card and see if you can’t uncover them. Dates you can expect to see my reviews are in parens.
The Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Cronin (30-Apr-2011)
Random Harvest by James Hilton (7-May-2011)
This Above All by Eric Knight (14-May-2011)
The Sun Is My Undoing by Marguerite Steen (21-May-2011)
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway (28-May-2011)
Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts (4-Jun-2011)
H. M. Pulham, Esquire by John P. Marquand (11-Jun-2011)
Mr. and Mrs. Cugat: The Record of a Happy Marriage by Isabel Scott Rorick (18-Jun-2011)
Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber (25-Jun-2011)
Windswept by Mary Ellen Chase (2-Jul-2011)