Friday, December 07, 2018

Twenty-six of the best very long books

Boris Kachka is the books editor for New York magazine and the author of Hothouse and Becoming a Veterinarian. At he tagged twenty-six very long books worth the time they’ll take to read, including:
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1869, 1,296 pp.)

On top of everything else the Russian master accomplished in this historical novel about the Napoleonic era in Russia, he really nailed the title. By shifting focus from the battlefield to the home front and back, he captured the total effect of war on armies and aristocrats, husbands and wives.
Learn about another book on the list.

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--Marshal Zeringue