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Ah, the long novel. Bleak House, Moby-Dick, Underworld, War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, Infinite Jest, Ulysses, and Les Miserables.

These are some of the greatest works of literature. And they're all long.

so, in honor of the big, juicy, long novel, I have decided to dedicate a thread specifically to the best long novels (not to long novels in general, which I will discuss another time).

For that, I would pick all the titles I mentioned before, and I would add some other possible candidates: The Secret History, The Goldfinch, J R, The Recognitions and Anna Karenina

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Just a quick note that audio versions of The Secret History and Matthew Thomas's We Are Not Ourselves--another terrific long novel are $4.95 at Audible this week. I bought the audiobook version of Lonesome Dove and Underworld during a similar sale last year.


Curious: Is 500 pages the benchmark for a long novel?  A recent favorite is Pete Dexter's Spooner, which only hits 480 pages. Two 700-pagers that I hope to read between now and the end of the year are Hanya Yanagihara's A Little Life and Marlon James's A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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