Size Doesn't Matter - The Long and Large Classics of Literature

Any novel that is more than 600 or 700 pages long can sound like a chore to read. It can feel like a daunting task, one that casts doubt in the minds of readers who come across such a book.
But still, some dare to take the challenge of reading the imposing large novel. And in the end? They discover the joys which have come from reading these novels, becoming absorbed in their sprawl and density. These are the large classics of literature.
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message 1: by Ethan (new)

Ethan I would recommend that you add to this list: the Leather Stockings Series, which is somewhere between 1200 and 2400 pages depending on your version. I really liked this series.


message 2: by Kaion (new)

Kaion If "Size Doesn't Matter", why is the list for long books only? The title makes no sense.


message 3: by Mike (new)

Mike Puma I like the idea of bringing LARGE books to people's attention. There was a time, in my youth, when I'd go to the public library looking for the fatest books I could find (in the fiction section)--hence, way too much Michener, Uris, etc. The fact is:some people like thick books and seek them out--for whatever reasons. That said, some of these titles don't come anywhere close. Of Mice and Men is a great title, little dissent on that issue, but like many others seems out of place given the intent of the list's creators and list readers' expectations. With regard to some of this list's Classics intention, the inclusion of much of the contemporary fiction is, well, optimistic at best.


message 4: by Samantha (new)

Samantha If this is about large books only, why is Of Mice and Men on here? It is more of a novella than a novel, and it cannot be more than 200 pages.


message 5: by Jc11king (new)

Jc11king Kaion wrote: "If "Size Doesn't Matter", why is the list for long books only? The title makes no sense."

Size does not matter in the sense that "I don't care that it's a 1000 pages long, I'm still gonna read it"


message 6: by Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ Ethan wrote: "I would recommend that you add to this list: the Leather Stockings Series, which is somewhere between 1200 and 2400 pages depending on your version. I really liked this series."

You may add it yourself


message 7: by Ellinor (new)

Ellinor Samantha wrote: "If this is about large books only, why is Of Mice and Men on here? It is more of a novella than a novel, and it cannot be more than 200 pages."

I agree, and the same is true for The Diary of a Young Girl, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and To Kill a Mockingbird. All of them are longer than Of Mice and Men, but I really would call them long books.


message 8: by Amalie (new)

Amalie What I mean by size is atleast 800 pages. Some of the books here can't be considered long. classics are usually lengthy. I never thought to be "Jane Eyre" long.


message 9: by Alex (new)

Alex Cross I have deleted Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Diary of a Young Girl from this list. The default editions of these have fewer than 350 pages and so cannot meet the criteria established by the list's creator. I have ignored questionable entries in the 350-500 page range for the present.


message 10: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Kaion wrote: "If "Size Doesn't Matter", why is the list for long books only? The title makes no sense."

I agree, it's confusing. It's a phrase normally associated with...well, most of us probably know.


message 11: by Neil (new)

Neil Cake some of these books don't fulfill the criteria - Rebecca and Schindler's List, for example.


message 12: by Booklovinglady (last edited Dec 30, 2016 09:18AM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Mike
You do realize that the first part of the title of this Listopia "Size doesn't matter" has a strong connotation, which made me grin immediately when I first noticed it....


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