We’ve all felt the lure of the short, sweet read, one of those slim books you can finish in a few hours, maybe over a hot cup of tea. But what about the books that may take weeks, even months, to read? The door stoppers, the heavy weights, the long reads. Think Dickens, Tolstoy, and George Eliot, think Hilary Mantel, David Foster Wallace, and Donna Tartt. We dive into The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann's 226,000 book set in a sanitorium in the Swiss Alps in which not much happens. What did we think of it? Should you try it? And if not, what long books do we recommend?
We're joined by Toby Brothers of the London Literary Salon and pod-regular Phil Chaffee as we discover the pleasures and perils that come with a book that takes weeks, even months, to read.
A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara
War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy
all seven volumes of Proust
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Books of Jacob by Olga Tocarczuk
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman
Pilgrimage by Dorothy Richardson
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