The three bestsellers of 1969 that retain the most value for 2017 readers each deal in very different ways with family relationships: The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, and The Promise by Chaim Potok. The Godfather is first a father. I suspect The Godfather is known as a Mafia thriller because […]
These three novels were the bestsellers for 1969. How well do you think they’ve held up? Pick the three 1969 bestselling novels you think are best for today’s readers. I’ll come back with my top picks next time we meet.
In The House on the Strand, an historical novel meets a sci-fi novel. The two don’t get along well. Dick Young gladly accepts the offer of longtime friend’s Cornwall estate, Kilmarth, for his family for the summer. Dick and Magnus were in university together and remained close until Dick’s marriage. Dick’s wife, Vita, disliked Magnus […]
The 1969 bestseller list includes several titles and novelists that will be instantly recognized by any reader of twentieth century fiction. The novelist in 10th place for The House on the Strand, Dame Daphne du Maurier, published nine bestsellers between 1930 and 1969, beginning with Rebecca in 1938. That’s almost a bestseller every third year. 1969 […]