What’s The Longest Novel You’ve Read?
After I recently stumbled across this list of the longest English language novels ever written, I started thinking…what’s the longest novel I’ve ever read?
To this point, I think it’s book #5: Gone With The Wind. Indeed, Margaret Mitchell wrote a beastly book . At more than 1,000 pages, GWTW wore me down. Who knew there was that much to say about a 16-year-old southern belle in the 1800s?
Thankfully, the only novel included in the list of long books above is David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. But the Time list has quite a few bulky books–one of which I’m reading right now (The Corrections, nearly 600 pages).
Still to come, I’ve got massive tomes like Gravity’s Rainbow (700+), the aforementioned Infinite Jest (1,100+), Ulysses (500+), plus many more that I’m probably not even aware of yet.
One of the most difficult aspects of 101 Books is simply keeping my momentum while reading the lengthier novels. Gone With The Wind took so long that I’m reluctant to read the larger books, even though I know I’ve got to at some point.
So what’s the longest novel you’ve read? And do you approach reading a long novel any different than a shorter story?