My picks of the 1969 bestsellers

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 […]

Portnoy’s Complaint: Sophomoric, salacious, and insightful

Alexander Portnoy, Assistant Human Opportunity Commissioner for New York City, is a psychological mess, and it’s all his parent’s fault. At least that’s what he tells his psychiatrist, Dr. Spielvogel, in Philip Roth’s aptly named Portnoy’s Complaint. Alex suffers from stereotypes. He’s the brilliant and personable only son of a New Jersey Jewish couple. Alex’s […]