1954 Not Great Year for Bestsellers

1954 did not produce a bumper crop of bestselling novels. Even Taylor Caldwell, Frances Parkinson Keyes, and Daphne du Maurier — authors whom I usually count on to provide entertainment and a bit more besides — disappointed me.

John Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday and Hamilton Basso’s  The View from Pompey’s Head are the best of the lot and neither of them is a novel I want to have close at hand for convenient rereading.  Sweet Thursday is a bit too light, Pompey’s Head a bit too studied.

The best of the novels of 1954 is the one that didn’t make the bestseller list that year: Lord of the Flies by William Golding. It’s a keeper.

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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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