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What book should I read next? I have really struggled finding something to tug at my heart strings since reading War and Peace. It was an agonizing read, and I'll never endure it again, but remains my favorite book because I gained so much from it. It truly changed me. I remember how, for the few months it took me to finish, I was counting down the pages until I finally finished and it seemed like such an impossible, unpleasant task, but once I reached the end and closed it for the last time, and thought about what I had just experienced in retrospect I was in awe. I had gone on a serious journey reading that book, emotionally, intellectually... and that's when I realized it was a masterpiece unlike anything I had ever read. Anna Karenina was a similar feeling for me except not quite as powerful.
I'm looking for a classic. Something not quite as grueling as War and Peace, preferably, but maybe if it's worth it... Something I can learn from, something with substance if you know what I mean... It's tough to explain, but I am reading Don Quixote right now and this book has no substance and is very difficult for me to get through for that reason. If I am going to read a thousand pages written in totally archaic vernacular, I would like to gain something from of it please! But I'm trucking on, and only have 200 pages left, and am looking forward to when I will finally be able to put this book behind me... (not trying to offend any Quixote fanatics but don't care if I do; it simply doesn't appeal to my taste)
Gone With the Wind is a possibility, but preferably no Dostoyevsky... something with a bit more liveliness, as I travel for a living to very desolate, barron areas so when I read I am also looking for an escape! And nobody is trying to escape to a Russian monastery.
Some non fiction may even be in order, who knows?



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If you're looking for vast amounts of good writing that'll eat up time, you could do worse than Thomas Wolfe:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Wolfe

His four novels would have earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature had he lived longer.

His editor at Scribner's was Maxwell Perkins, who also edited Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. All three writers are worth reading in large doses.

EDIT: Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead just sprang to mind. A powerful book, very strong characters.


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I tried Thomas Wolfe. I think it was Look Homeward Angel. Just didn't work for me because of his prose style, mostly. I'm a little particular about that, maybe too much so.

I like Quixote, with the exception of the very long story-within-a-story. One hefty novel that pops into my mind that I'd like to reread is George Eliot's Middlemarch. Anna Karenina is not grueling at all, if you want another Tolstoy.



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Hi, What book should I read next?
Hello higgyhann, and welcome to Booktalk. I recommend The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, discussed at booktalk in 2017 - the-master-and-margarita-by-mikhail-bulgakov-f271.html
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I have really struggled finding something to tug at my heart strings since reading War and Peace. It was an agonizing read, and I'll never endure it again, but remains my favorite book because I gained so much from it. It truly changed me. I remember how, for the few months it took me to finish, I was counting down the pages until I finally finished and it seemed like such an impossible, unpleasant task, but once I reached the end and closed it for the last time, and thought about what I had just experienced in retrospect I was in awe. I had gone on a serious journey reading that book, emotionally, intellectually... and that's when I realized it was a masterpiece unlike anything I had ever read. Anna Karenina was a similar feeling for me except not quite as powerful.
Me too. I read War and Peace in 1993. I remember the process vividly, if not all the content. I was commuting by bus between Sydney and Canberra, and when I had nearly finished I accidentally left my copy on the bus. When I got a new copy from the library it was a different translation, so I had to find the Maude translation.
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I'm looking for a classic. Something not quite as grueling as War and Peace, preferably, but maybe if it's worth it... Something I can learn from, something with substance if you know what I mean...
I think Master and Margarita would fit that bill, as a modern Russian classic grounded in satirical magical realistic truth about life under Stalin.
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It's tough to explain, but I am reading Don Quixote right now and this book has no substance and is very difficult for me to get through for that reason. If I am going to read a thousand pages written in totally archaic vernacular, I would like to gain something from of it please!
Maybe you need to find a better translation. It makes a big difference. I loved Don Quixote, and saw it as a satire against Christianity. We discussed it in 2010 at don-quixote-translated-by-edith-grossman-f154.html
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But I'm trucking on, and only have 200 pages left, and am looking forward to when I will finally be able to put this book behind me... (not trying to offend any Quixote fanatics but don't care if I do; it simply doesn't appeal to my taste)
Long haul reading is a great skill in these days of zomboid phubbing.


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Hello there!

Do you love mystery books? You should check out Kinfolk Killers by L.V. Nield
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1946063533/?tag=cocapr-20

It won't tug on any heart strings, but it will definitely get your heart racing! The language is light-nothing too gory.



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Leo Tolstoy is my favorite author. I read War and Peace twice. Personally I think Anna Karenina is much better written, more sophisticated. I suggest you zip through your current novel that you are reading, for I agree that there is hardly any substance in that story about a crazy old knight!


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