The Deliciousness of a Good Long Book

Planning a summer vacation, why not look for a long juicy book to tackle?  When the book is good it doesn’t seem long. Here are some suggestions for those of you that want to sink your teeth into something substantial.

Oldies but goodies

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, (959 pages)  I read this one not once but twice in my 13th summer. It has history, romance and lots of great characters.

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien (1137 pages in the trilogy)  If you’ve seen the movie but haven’t read the book you’re in for a treat.  Lot’s more depth in the characters and detail in the setting.  Not so much action. Split into three volumes,  The Fellowship of the Ring is the first.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1168 pages) Almost a right of passage for youth.  You may not agree with the politics, but the writing is compelling.

Recent good choices

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell  by  Susanna Clarke ( 782 pages and lots of footnotes)   A strange tale of magic, jealousy, and power during the Napoleonic Wars. I’m planning to read this again.

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth  (1349 pages) a vast soap opera of a  novel set in  modern India  and revolving around the choice of a spouse.

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. (1522 pages) Deciphering encryptions and finding a missing cache of gold.

The Passage by Justin Cronin. (766 pages) Speaking of sinking your teeth into a book try this one that also includes government secrets and of course lots of suspense.

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra (916 pages) A powerful crime lord escalates his usual illegal activities into international terrorism , ” a thriller with social consequences.”

 

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One Response to The Deliciousness of a Good Long Book

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    Charlotte Barrows June 9, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    I love your list. In particular, the novels about India–”A Suitable Boy” and “Sacred Games” were favorites. Indian culture is fascinating. One new favorite in the category of Novels About India is “Random Placement,” an ebook about the secretive, illegal Jogini ceremonies that destroy the lives of Untouchable girls. Please keep those good reading lists coming for all of us hungry readers!

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