What’s the longest novel you’ve ever read?

I’m thinking a lot about Leefdale at the moment which is 303800 words long. That’s 853 Kindle pages or 540 single spaced A4 pages. This, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a substantial piece of work! But not the longest novel I’ve ever read.

When I was younger I loved Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and had a well-read paperback copy that included all three books in one volume. I read it several times over the years and eventually it fell to bits.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is 455125 words long.

That’s slightly longer than another favourite: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind – 418053 words

Anthony Powell’s A Dance To The Music of Time is the longest novel I’ve ever read with slightly less than one million words. But it’s published as 12 separate books even though they’re all connected. Does that count as one novel? I didn’t think of it as one whole novel when I was reading the 12 volumes but it must be as it’s included in The 10 Longest Novels Ever and List of longest novels. 

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is 401905 words long and I enjoyed reading every one of them.

And, of course, there’s War and Peace with 587287 words but the less said about them, the better!

There’s an interesting article on the Indefeasible Blog which lists Great Novels and Word Count. Some of the most highly regarded classics are rather short!

For example, Lord of the Flies by William Golding – 59900 words

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – 49459 words. Not much more than a novella!

If, like me, you enjoy a big read you can try the free sample of Leefdale on the Amazon website if you click the Look Inside feature on the book cover image.  The special launch price of 99c/99p continues for another couple of weeks.

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