6 Long-Ass Novels That are Worth Your Time…

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So, we know not to judge a book by its cover, but many some of us are still guilty of judging a book by its length. We mean well, but how can we commit to reading thousands of pages on faith, right? What if the book isn’t really as good as everyone says it is?

 

That’s a fair concern, but there are plenty of long books out there that are absolutely worth the time it takes to read them. So, I’ve listed five of my favourites here.

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Check them out below, and don’t forget to add your own suggestions in the comments!

 

 

A Game of Thrones | George R.R. Martin

Fantasy epics tend to be on the long side – you can thank J.R.R. Tolkien for setting that standard. That can make many of them quite a slog, particularly for those who aren’t big fans of the genre, but George R.R. Martin’s novel stands as a major modern exception to that rule.

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A Game of Thrones moves quickly through its hundreds of pages, thanks to Martin’s action-packed scenes and fast-paced plot. (Psst, there is six more so you can just live that world for as long as you want)

 

1Q84 | Haruki Murakami

1Q84 is so big that it was originally published in three parts in Haruki Murakami’s native Japan. The English version was released as one giant volume. Murakami has written other large books, including The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but this may be the best of them.

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Shorter Murakami works are easy to find, but you’re not getting the full experience unless you dive head-first into his larger projects.

 

Doctor Zhivago | Boris Pasternak

Boris Pasternak’s remarkable book deserves to stand with the great classics of Russian literature in terms of both quality and sheer length! This book is good enough to spend some time with.

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Its stance on Russia’s communist October Revolution got it banned in the USSR, but it gained international acclaim and helped its author win the Nobel Prize in literature.

 

The Luminaries | Eleanor Carton

Most engaging 800-page mystery ever! It’s really a masterpiece and hard to wrap my head around the idea that the author Eleanor Catton was only 28 when she wrote it and she won the Man Booker. Brilliant!

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It took me a while to read it because the book is very dense. There’s a lot to process all the time, however, once you get past page 300 I feel things get a lot easier to process. I recommend the hardcover because the typography is well spaced in comparison to the paperback. Definitely, a must-read.

 

Shantaram | Gregory David Roberts

I spent the two weeks in Roberts’s seductive, chaotic, slum-filled, audacious Bombay, full of vibrant, wonderful, charismatic characters. This is a grand, sprawling, intelligent, autobiographical novel, elegantly written and splendidly evocative of an India I would otherwise never know.

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As I sit here trying to decide how to best sum up just what this novel is about, I realize that it is about everything. All of life’s many lessons are here in this huge, sweeping, monumental story; but mostly it is about love and forgiveness and one man’s searing search for redemption.

 

Battle Royale | Koushun Takami

My Instagram review speaks for itself. I LOVE this books so so so much!

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Battle Royale || Koushun Takami 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌝 Wow. This book was written for ME! What!😍👏😍 It was like Lord of The Flies but on LSD & meth. 42 children forced to kill each other. These 15 year olds are forced to become violent and merciless killers. Only one can survive this brutal bloodbath. It's all about strategy and being emotionless. • • I know, I know. The premise is not new, but the execution was spectacular! Not only did the author manage to impress me with the plot, but he also managed to make me feel sympathy toward some of the characters. • • The most impressive attribute of this novel would be the writing. It was vivid. Some would say too vivid, but for me, the more violent, the better. There are some works of fiction that tend to go overboard regarding the absurdity, but for me this novel had the perfect amount. It was believable, and honestly I'm a bit terrified because of it. • • The fucking plot twist in the end! I didn't see it. Wait, let me correct myself, the plot twists. Multiple plot twists simultaneously showed up and it was a mind fuck experience. The author decided to wait for the last few chapters to make me feel like shit for not expecting the ending. • • If you cannot stomach even a little amount of violence, then stay away from this novel. I will most probably read this again in the future. Highly recommended.

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