The Godfather: Gory story, great storytelling

As one of the 32 people in America who hadn’t seen the film version of The Godfather, I was pleasantly surprised that the novel is not just another gory Mafia story. Mario Puzo’s story is solid: It’s packed with more characters than a casting call, each of them interesting variations on familiar gangster-film types. The […]

Main Street is all problem, no solution

Main Street, Sinclair Lewis’ 1921 bestseller, is a scathing indictment of small town life circa 1920 as revealed through a fictitious Minnesota town. After college, Carol Milford becomes a librarian. Library work suits her and Minneapolis offers culture and intellectual stimulation. At a party she meets Dr. Will Kennicott. She likes him, though she finds […]