August 20, 2011

Long Books

This week's Book Blogger Hop is all about those books that won't fit in your purse, the ones that give you armstrain from trying to read for more than ten minutes.  Ones that, in a pitch, can be used as a doorstop.  Long ones. 

The question is: what's the longest book you've ever read?

I headed over to my bookshelves and pulled out the four likeliest candidates:  The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, The Castings Trilogy by Pamela Freeman, and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. 

But which is actually the longest?  Just by looking at them stacked up, I'd think it's The Castings Trilogy, but my copy is the three books, originally separate, combined into an omnibus edition.  So that's out.  Bleak House seemed like a good contender, but the story actually ends on page 914 (the footnotes section is misleading).  Gone with the Wind certainly felt like the longest book I've ever read - I wasn't a fan - but it tops out at only 958 pages. 

The winner, in the end, is my beat-up mass market copy of The Fiery Cross: 1439 pages! 

Now to cram them back on the shelf...

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