My picks of 1967’s bestselling novels

From the 1967 bestsellers, I can recommend two very good novels and one good collection of quotations. The very good novels are The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron and The Chosen by Chaim Potok. The good collection of quotations is The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder. The Confessions of Nat Turner Confessions is […]

The Exhibitionist: The title reveals all

My paperback copy of The Exhibitionist arrived minus a front cover. That is what literary scholars call symbolism. The Exhibitionist: A Novel by Henry Sutton Fawcett Crest Book, 1968 [paper], 479 pp. 1967 bestseller #10. My grade: D-. The Exhibitionist is a novel about film people who seem to spend most of their lives minus […]

The Gabriel Hounds: Suspense with a hashish haze

The plot of The Gabriel Hounds is one that Catherine Morland would have loved, had that Jane Austen creation lived in the 1960’s drug culture. Christy Mansel is on a package tour of the Middle East when she bumps into her second cousin, Charles, who’s on a business trip. The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart […]

The Plot: A novel great in its day

The Plot is a novel about a handful of characters trying to recreate their picture of themselves at their best. It’s set against the background of a Paris conference aimed at keeping China from acquiring a nuclear bomb. The Plot: A Novel by Irving Wallace Simon and Schuster, 1967. 828 p. 1967 bestseller #8. My […]

Rosemary’s Baby: Infantile horror novel

Everybody over 40 knows what Rosemary’s Baby is about, just as they know Moby Dick is about a guy hunting a white whale. The difference between Ira Levin’s novel and Herman Melville’s is that there’s more to Moby Dick what everybody knows. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin Random House, 1967, 245 p. 1967 bestseller # […]

The Eighth Day: A simple story made complicated

The Eighth Day begins with murder of Breckenridge Lansing in his yard as he and his friend John Ashley are engaged in their customary Sunday afternoon rifle practice. Tried and convicted for the murder, Ashley was rescued from execution by six silent, disguised men and never heard from again. The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder […]