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Any really, really, really long books that you would recommend?

Discussion in 'General Book Discussion' started by avidreader55, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. ions

    ions New Member

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    Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. I consider the trilogy to be a single book.
    A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

    There's no shortage of fantasy that goes on longer than 800 pages. George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series has longer novels for example.
     
  2. Tom

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    If you're looking for super long I recommend In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust and The Man without Qualities by Robert Musil. I've also heard good things about Joseph and his brothers by Thomas Mann, which is very long.
     
  3. Erica

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    Cross Stitch (Outlander, US) ~ Diana Gabaldon



    London ~ Edward Rutherfurd



    Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell ~ Susanna Clarke
     
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    MonkeyCatcher New Member

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    I second the Cross Stitch (aka Outlander) series by Diana Gabaldon, and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. The Stand by Stephen King is also quite good, IMO
     
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    Can I expand this discussion to request recommendations for very very long books that do contain excessive sex?
     
  6. beer good

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    I'll second that.

    Joyce Carol Oates' "Blonde" is a great story at 8-900 pages or so. It does have a bit of sex in it, though not excessive (IMO).
     
  7. Kraut

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    Bleak House and A Tale of Two Cities, both by Charles Dickens. Most of Dickens' work is long and convoluted, but worth the read. His characters are very complex.

    Bleak House is one of my favorite books. :)

    One suggestion I have to find long books is that you should try a Google search for epics.

    Good luck!
     
  8. StillILearn

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    Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell seemed very long to me.
     
  9. Stewart

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    Well, two years on, it doesn't seem like avidreader was an avidmember.
     
  10. StillILearn

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    Maybe s/he's still reading Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
     
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    Gone With the Wind is something that comes to mind.
     
  12. Tom

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    Ugh, I gotta check these post dates from now on.
     
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    Anything by Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. They're long enough for me.
     
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    I recommend this one too!
     
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    A quote for the Online Age :eek:
    Peder
     
  16. kd2005

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    I know they have been mentioned numerous times...but count me as another recommending

    The Count of Monte Cristo

    Shogun
     
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    I only skimmed the other posts, so forgive me if it's already been mentioned, but I think that GRR Martin's Game of Thrones fits the bill.
     
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    I forgot to add these.

    The Winds of War
    War and Rememberence


    Both of these are by Herman Wouk, and end up being about 2000 pages total (around 1000 pages each). Its an amazing story of the family of a Navy Officer, beginning in the mid 1930's and going on until the end of World War II. I don't know how respected they are by others, but I loved these books.
     
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    Game of Thrones has some of the ol' in an' out in it. Not excessive though. But that's my perception of the words "sex" and "excessive" together.
     
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    I'm glad to hear this, kd2005. I've had my eyes on these ever since I finished Wouk's outstanding novel, Youngblood Hawke, which is another long book that I can't recommend highly enough.
     

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