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10 Long Books That Are Worth the Time

These lengthy reads are worth the effort - if you have the time! 

2666 by Roberto Bolaño
An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in an urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young factory workers have disappeared.

Anna Karenina : A Novel in Eight Parts by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky.

Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Bleak House, Dickens's most daring experiment in the narration of a complex plot, challenges the reader to make connections - between the fashionable and the outcast, the beautiful and the ugly, the powerful and the victims. Nowhere in Dickens's later novels is his attack on an uncaring society more imaginatively embodied, but nowhere either is the mixture of comedy and angry satire more deftly managed.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Widely regarded as the world's first modern novel, and one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the famous picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through 16th-century Spain.

Infinite Jest : A Novel by David Foster Wallace
A spoof on our culture featuring a drug-and-alcohol rehabilitation house near Boston. The center becomes a hotbed of revolutionary activity by Quebec separatists in revolt against the Organization of North American Nations which now rules the continent.

James Clavell's Sh?gun. by James Clavell
After John Blackthorne shipwrecks in Japan, he makes himself useful to a feudal lord in a power struggle with another and becomes a samurai.

Middlemarch by George Eliot
In nineteenth-century England, Dorothea Brooke's wishes to defy social conventions are inhibited by the strict nature of her surroundings.

The Brothers Karamazov : A Novel in Four Parts With Epilogue by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov is a murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and an exploration of erotic rivalry in a series of triangular love affairs involving the wicked and sentimental Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his three sons--the impulsive and sensual Dmitri; the coldly rational Ivan; and the healthy, red-cheeked young novice Alyosha.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The power struggles and personal drama surrounding the design and construction of a cathedral in twelfth-century England, led by Philip, prior of Knightsbridge, his stonemason Tom, and the haunted Lady Aliena.

The Stand : A Novel by
After a virus kills most of the people in the world, a handful of survivors choose sides -- a world of good led by 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- or evil led by a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

 

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