Reading Long Books

The joy of reading is to lose yourself in a whole new world.  The bigger the book, the longer you will be immersed in this experience and, ideally, the more detailed this world will become.  On the other hand, there are also difficulties with reading really heavy tomes.  Weight, poor memory, arm strain, to Kindle or not to Kindle…these pages go through my top tips for accessing some of my favourite long books.

So far, I have written about:

Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson (1,494 pages in the stupidly fat one volume Penguin Classics paperback)
In Search of Lost Time, by Marcel Proust (seven volumes, very long, I read it on my Kindle)
Dream of the Red Chamber, by  Cao Xueqin (five volumes in the highly recommended Penguin paperback edition, I read the first in paperback and the next four on my Kindle)
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace (1,104 pages, Abacus paperback)
Ulysses, by James Joyce (933 dense pages in Penguin paperback)
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1,344 pages, including appendixes, in Penguin paperback)
Moby Dick, by Herman Melville (768 pages, Macmillan Collector’s Library)

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