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11 Brilliant Novels That Are Longer Than 1,000 Pages

In the age of 140 characters or less, there is still something to be said for reading a novel that is truly, deeply, maddeningly long. And if you think 1,000+ pages isn’t that much, you’re probably living on another plane of existence and should not stoop to the level of mere mortals such as ourselves. Happy reading. 
 

 

  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

          Page count: 1,273

 

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Early 19th century Russia? Check. Napoleonic aggression? Check. Messy families and passionate romance? Check! If you’re ready for it, War and Peace will give you the ride of your life through the expanse of history and the overbearing weight of humanity.

 

  1. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

          Page count: 1,088

 

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Most people would not consider the exploits of a tennis-playing dysfunctional family worthy of 1,088 pages, but most people aren’t the late great David Foster Wallace. Like other authors on this list, Wallace is quite fond of footnotes. Hey, life in the margins doesn’t have to be gloomy!

 

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

         Page count: 1,125

 

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The fifth and latest book in Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, Dance With Dragons is also the longest by far. You may want to read the first four for proper context.

 

  1. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

         Page count: 1,463

 

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Ah, the glory days of 1862, when novelists weren’t constrained by little things like “plot” or “editing” when crafting their masterpieces. Much like Tolstoy, Hugo devotes space not only to the many storylines of his downtrodden characters, but to essays deconstructing the nature of heady topics like poverty and the French political system.

 

  1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

         Page count: 1,023

 

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Widely regarded as the father of the modern novel, Cervantes does not aim for brevity in this tragicomic tale of a gallant fool’s effort to repair the world one menacing windmill at a time.

 

  1. The Stand by Stephen King                                                                                                        Page count: 1,153

 

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The collapse of human civilization may be a bummer, but reading about it doesn’t have to be. With 99% of humanity gone, the traumatized survivors must limp on in the shadow of unspeakable evil. Reading 1,153 pages suddenly doesn’t seem so bad after all, doesn’t it?

 

  1. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell by Susannah Clarke

          Page count: 1,006

 

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While the Russian aristocrats in War and Peace sip champagne and fall in love to the tune of Napoleon’s invasion, their counterparts in Great Britain prepare to fight the French menace with actual, honest-to-God magic. Here’s hoping no one takes it too far…

 

  1. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

          Page count: 1,168

 

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Love her or hate her, Rand made a lasting impact with this epic tale of ambition, wasted potential, and trains. Gotta love those trains.

 

     9. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

         Page count: 1,474

 

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Set in newly independent India, A Suitable Boy follows a young girl and her mother as they attempt to see their very own marriage plot through amid the deep loves and tragedies of a handful of ordinary families trying to make their name in the brave new country.

 

  1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

          Page count: 1,139

 

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Mathematician Alan Turing makes an appearance in this whirlwind tour through WWII secrets and the enticing world of code breakers. Wars, it seems, can always start, but they almost never truly end.

 

  1. The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

Page count: 1,216

 

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Considered by some to be the first novel ever written, The Tale of Genji portrays the soap opera-like existence of the Japanese aristocrats in the 11th century. Shikibu herself was a Japanese aristocrat in the 11th century, so you know it’s legit.

 

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Katniss Everdeen and Piggy

Perfect Couples From Different Books

While true love is timeless, and generally knows no bounds, things get complicated when the perfect pair lives in different books. Luckily, we’re happy to play matchmaker, and point compatible characters in each other’s directions.

 

Here are some potential romances we’d love to see blossom:

 

1. Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games” and Piggy from “Lord of the Flies”

 

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Piggy is near and dear to any good book lover’s heart. Savagely squashed beneath a boulder, Piggy had been a symbol of unity amongst his vicious comrades. He might be under a rock, but we think crossing paths with Katniss would give him a different sort of crush.

 

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As the Mockingjay, Katniss is also a symbol of unity. Imagine discovering that commonality on Tinder. “Hey, you also represent hope to a dispossessed populace? No way!”

 

2. Don Quixote and Luna Lovegood from “Harry Potter”

 

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These two daydreamers are known believers in the unbelievable, but the prospect of their romance would make even the most cynical soul believe in true love. If anyone can share in Don Quixote’s delusions, it would surely be Luna Lovegood.

 

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Those goggles could make any windmill look like a giant / via Pinterest

 

The age gap may be a little troublesome, but perhaps they can just imagine they’re closer in age. Remember, the power of imagination is limitless.

 

Spongebob making a rainbow with his hands.

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3. Marvin the Paranoid Android from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and Holden Caulfield from “The Catcher in the Rye”

 

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One of the most depressed, cynical lifeforms in the galaxy is Marvin the Paranoid Android. The other is a 16-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who really hates…pretty much the entire human race. Holden Caulfield might find love in a nonhuman, though. Who better to set him up with than Marvin? If ever Holden has concerns about the migration patterns of New York City ducks, then Marvin will give him the answer he most craves, but one of the best examples of this comes from the “Hitchhiker’s Guide” movie…

 

Arthur Dent: Marvin, any ideas?
Marvin: I have a million ideas. They all point to certain death.

 

4. Lady Macbeth and James Bond

 

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There may not be a woman better suited to be a Bond girl than Lady Macbeth. If Bond was to get on her bad side, she wouldn’t hesitate to cut him down to size. She might like him better than Macbeth anyway since he doesn’t have any hang-ups with ghosts. Plus, they’re both Scottish.

 

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“A medium dry martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred–what’s that, dear? Nevermind. Just a seltzer.” / via Playbuzz

 

5. Lisbeth Salander from “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and Sherlock Holmes

 

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Sherlock Holmes likes tricky women like Irene Adler, and Lisbeth Salander likes troubled sleuths like Mikail Blomkvist. Salander’s expert hacking is a tricky prospect indeed, but Holmes is no stranger to possibly unsavory behavior (like being addicted to cocaine). Plus, if this romance is adapted by Hollywood, it would unite Benedict Cumberbatch and Rooney Mara…finally.

 

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6. Tigger from “The House at Pooh Corner” and Shere Khan from “Jungle Book”

 

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There are so many wonderful things about Tiggers that there’s a whole song about it.

 

 

But does Shere Khan deserve him? Sure, he’s a murderous bully, but every ferocious feline has got a cute house cat beneath the surface. He just needs a bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy tiger life partner to bring out his sensitive side.

 

Now let’s hear from you. What characters from different books do you want to see get together?

 

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