Many great classics of literature are so intimidatingly long that the thought of plowing through them is simply overwhelming. However, the riches these verbose classics contain are well worth the effort and discipline it takes to read them from cover to cover. What better time to begin reading some of the great works of literature than a brand new year? Read a little every day, and before 2018 is over you will have knocked one (or several!) great classics off of your “to read” list. The dark winter months will not seem so long or tedious with a big book to keep you company, so choose one of these 5 lengthy classics to tackle this year and start reading!
At a whopping 1,037 pages, Infinite Jest is the magnum opus of author David Foster Wallace. Known for its unconventional story structure and brilliant prose, Wallace’s 1996 novel weaves together four primary narratives and includes themes such as addiction, death, recovery, and family. A complex and encyclopedic novel, Infinite Jest is truly an undertaking, and an essential addition to any bookshelf.
While many famous film and stage adaptions have been made of Les Misérables, nothing can touch the original genius of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece of a novel. Exploring the depths of morality, love, revenge, and the triumph of the human spirit, Les Misérables is a book that should most definitely be experienced at least once in every lifetime.
Regarded as one of the first novels ever written, Don Quixote is a foundational text of the western world and widely regarded as the most influential piece of literature to come out of Spain’s Golden Age. Don Quixote, by author Miguel de Cervantes, chronicles the hilarious and tragic tale of a self-proclaimed knight-errant who calls himself Don Quixote. Originally published in two volumes, the first in 1605 and the second in 1615, most modern editions weigh in at about 1,000 pages.
The Name of the Rose
Italian author Umberto Eco released his first novel, The Name of the Rose, in 1980. Set in an Italian monastery in the year 1327, the novel is a historical murder mystery that keeps the reader engaged through all 592 pages. Eco’s masterful use of semiotics creates a story with layer upon layer of meaning and mystery, bringing together themes of philosophy, passion, theology, and the complexities of human belief.
The Lord of the Rings
The riches of Tolkien’s complex world of Middle-Earth can only truly be appreciated from the page. A high fantasy with the typical themes of good vs. evil running throughout the story, Tolkien spent a lifetime developing a deep history of the peoples, places, and languages of Middle-Earth. The weak become mighty and the mighty crumple in this sweeping adventure that can be read and enjoyed over and over again.
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