What have you all been reading this weekend? I was going to post some reviews of upcoming novels this week, but I got completely distracted by George Eliot’s Middlemarch. It got me thinking about other hefty novels I’ve read in the past, so I thought I’d share my top 5 with you all!
1. Middlemarch by George Eliot
Having just spent the week reading this novel, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not usually a big fan about stories set in provincial farm towns, but Middlemarch was very interesting to read, as it looks at big themes such as the status of women and the nature of marriage. Some of the characters are really selfish, but I liked that you get to see the story from the point of view of various characters, so it’s easier to understand their incentives.
2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace is epic – when I read it, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. I do love a good classic and there’s everything including heroic and dashing soldiers, illegitimate children, romance, epic battles… the list is endless. If you’re looking for a classic, epic novel, I’d definitely recommend this one.
3. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
I studied A Suitable Boy at university, and it was one of my favourite novels. It’s one of the longest novels ever published in a single volume in the English language, so be prepared to commit for at least a week or two, but if you like post-colonial books, or stories spanning across generations, it’s a brilliant read. I can’t wait for the sequel, A Suitable Girl, which is due to come out in 2016!
4. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
I’m a huge fan of the musical Les Misérables, so I figured I should actually read the original story. It’s epic – Victor Hugo covers love, religion, war, justice… basically if you can think of a theme, it’s probably in this novel. There’s so much more than the musical, so it was like discovering a completely new story. However be warned – it’s not the most cheerful of stories…
5. Ulysses by James Joyce
I’m not going to pretend that I understood what was going on 100% of the time throughout Ulysses, but it is beautifully written. If you’re a big fan of language/a literature student, Ulysses is definitely worth attempting to read – I’ve read it 3 times and every time I’ve found something new I love about it, both in terms of the story and also the way it’s written. (Also, this is the only writing by James Joyce I actually like!).
Have you read a hefty book you think is worth recommending? Let me know!
See you all next week,