In August, 1831, a few dozen slaves in Southampton, Virginia, revolted, slaughtering whites mercilessly. The confession of the revolt’s leader, Nathaniel Turner, presented at his trial and subsequently published as a pamphlet, is the factual basis of William Styron’s novel. The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron Random House, 1966, 1967; 428 p. 1967 […]
Rather than post the list of 1943 bestsellers I’ve slated for review, since today is Easter on the Christian calendar, it’s perhaps appropriate to mention a novel related to the events of Holy Week. I first reviewed The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas on the 50th anniversary of its first appearance on the bestseller list, which […]
Here are the answers to Wednesday’s quiz. If I have previously reviewed a novel whose title is an answer to a question, I’ve provided a link to the review. Jacob’s 12 boys: Joseph and His Brethren (H. W. Freeman, 1929) King David said it first: My Son! My Son! (Howard Spring, 1938) The last great […]
Bible stories have not only provided plots for novelists for decades, but have also been rich sources of allusions and book titles. The 15 clues below are each related to familiar Bible stories. The answer to each clue is the title of a best-selling novel twentieth century published 50 or more years ago. The novels’ […]
Sholem Asch’s novel Mary has to follow the familiar Biblical narrative about the mother of Jesus, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for surprises. Before you open the cover, you know what’s going to happen.
Dear and Glorious Physician is worth reading for the setting and scenery. Look elsewhere for entertainment or better understanding of people.