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    the longest story you have ever read

    I think one I can easily call long is:
    ''a hundred year of solitude'' by Garcia Marquez.
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    ''Don Quixote'' by none other then Miquel De Cervantes.
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    i've been working on swann's way for a while now and plan to read isolt in full. it's the longest story i've attempted to read
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    The Lord of the Rings.

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    Cacianate Zolpidem.

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    War and Peace is certainly feeling like it, but the longest thing I've read is probably the French Vulgate and Post-Vulgate Lancelot/Arthur cycle. However, if George R.R. Martin lives to finish his Song of Ice and Fire series and I end up reading it, that should win easily.
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    I read Clarissa - I'm not sure it was worth it.

    This might be of help to some people:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_longest_novels
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
    War and Peace is certainly feeling like it, but the longest thing I've read is probably the French Vulgate and Post-Vulgate Lancelot/Arthur cycle. However, if George R.R. Martin lives to finish his Song of Ice and Fire series and I end up reading it, that should win easily.
    Do series' really count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volya View Post
    Do series' really count?
    Cacian asked for "longest story", so I figured that a series consisting of a single continuous story broken up into publishable volumes would apply.
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    Hmmm. I guess A Song of Ice and Fire is probably the longest story I've read too then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
    Cacian asked for "longest story", so I figured that a series consisting of a single continuous story broken up into publishable volumes would apply.
    I have read all but the last book of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series - that's twelve books, and each one is a hefty door stop.

    I'm not sure whether series should count - I presume that Cacian really means 'novel' when she says 'story'?
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    If series count, then Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan is by far the longest I've read. I recently read What Maisie Knew by Henry James, and while only a few hundred pages, it seemed to be endless. Took me forever to finish. I usually like Henry James, but it was just not my cup of tea.

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    JR by William Gaddis definitely seemed the longest for me, and could actually be the longest I've read (close to a thousand pages?), but I just finished 2666 by Roberto Bolano which is just short of 900 pages and was great.

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    I might be reading it at the moment, "The Count of Monte Cristo", 1462 pages. It's a real page turner, a very easy & exciting read. So I think I'll make it

    I think ''a hundred years of solitude'' just feels long.

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    Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell, a series of twelve books but really one story.
    According to Aldous Huxley, D.H. Lawrence once said that Balzac was 'a gigantic dwarf', and in a sense the same is true of Dickens.
    Charles Dickens, by George Orwell

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