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17 Mar 2011

the longest novel

So in aiming to read authors from the Booklover's Project, I chose the novel Clarissa Harlowe for Samuel Richardson. I now wish I had chosen Pamela as it's on the 1001 Must Reads list I'm working my way through. More importantly, after I was invested in the story, I discovered that I chose one of the longest novels.... ever.

Put it this way, it's almost twice as long as War & Peace!

Well, it certainly doesn't make me feel fickle for turning to other reads in between the nine volumes.

Fingersmith 

I have Fingersmith and Midnight's Children on hand. Yet neither are light nor short, so hardly diversions.

Midnight's Children: A Novel

I also have Lolita, which, after years of putting him off, is one of the author's I must read before I die.

What's the longest novel you've ever read, and was it worth it?

17 comments:

  1. I just read War & Peace and I'd say that and Les Mis are two of my longest. Both were worth it in the end, but they were hard to get through at times.

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  2. I can't believe that Clarissa Harlowe is twice as long as 'War and Peace'! I tried reading 'War and Peace' three times and gave up each time. I am planning to try it again. From the longest list, I have read one book - Vikram Seth's 'A Suitable Boy'. I have also tried reading another (in addition to 'War and Peace') - 'In Search of Lost Time' by Marcel Proust. I want to give it a try again too. It looks like the three longest novels of all time are all French :)

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  3. War and Peace was my longest. It was a bit rough getting through at times, but it was definitely worth it. I read half of Les Mis on a summer break in college and never got back to it once school started up. I now cringe when I think of having to start it all over again.

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  4. Ah, Les Miserables is on my faves list. But yes, it's work alright.

    Proust's series is quite separated so it's easy to read a volume every other year. :)

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  5. The longest I've ever read is probably War and Peace - I can't imagine reading a book twice as long! I did enjoy it, but I actually liked Anna Karenina better...

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  6. It makes me so happy when I discover a wonderful blog like yours for the first time. I'm a new follower.

    I'm reading War and Peace right now and it's the longest book I've ever read.

    Here's my most recent post:
    http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2011/03/book-you-must-read-before-you-die.html

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  7. I'll probably take my time as well mel u.

    I must get to Anna Karenina one day motheretc. But so many others on my 1001 list!

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  8. Twice as long as War and Peace? Help! But I hope you're enjoying it, that is quite important!

    My longest novel was about 1200 pages. But which one it was... I can't remember. Odd that!

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  9. recently the longest was probably 2666, but have read W&P & several others of length, great choice in lolita it's a really good book.

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  10. A coincidence! I just received Richardson's Clarissa in the mail yesterday. I'm thinking it will be my 12 year-long read - two letters a day, or something. (War and Peace is awesome so far. It's my 2011 year-long.)

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  11. I'm pretty sure the longest book I've read is probably The Stand by Stephen King, but, since it's Stephen King, it went by in about a day... So apart from that, I'm not sure- I'm in the middle of Anna Karenina right now though, and I do adore it, it's just SO long! I can't speak for Clarissa, but I must really warn you off Pamela- every day I had to read it for class, I literally just wanted to cry, I was so bored and it was awful!
    Thanks for commenting on my blog too :)

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  12. well, i've also read The Stand but my Complete Sherlock Holmes is about 700 pages longer. I'm working through a couple of shorter books before i dive into War and Peace though!

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  13. Mine was probably Middlemarch - and yes, definitely worth it! Best of luck with Clarissa.

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  14. oh Laura. Such a shame, sounds like a horrid experience with it. Studying a novel can too often kill one's enjoyment of it.

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  15. The Quincunx by Charles Palliser at 800 pages. And, yes, it was definitely worth it. He somehow managed to out-Dickens the great man himself.

    Stumbled across your blog and love it!

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  16. Welcome earthdreamer, I have that one on my shelves actually but have yet to be drawn to it. You've piqued my interest as you consider it was worth it!

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  17. It's a long time now since I read it but the plot was fantastically labyrinthine and I became totally drawn into that same Victorian world of Dickens. I remember saying to someone at the time that if you only ever read one Dickens novel it should be this one! Glad I've piqued your interest!

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