A Year of Big Books

one man, one year: one-thousand-page novels

The List

Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace [1079 pages] — started November 17th, 2013; finished January 27th, 2014

The Executioner’s Song, by Norman Mailer [1109 pages] — started February 2nd, 2014; finished March 16th, 2014

A Moment in the Sun, by John Sayles [955 pages] — started March 17th, 2014; finished May 15th, 2014.

1Q84, by Haruki Murakami [928 pages] — started May 15th, 2014; finished June 28th, 2014

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand [1168 pages] — started June 28th, 2014; abandoned July 26th, 2014 (at page 495)

The Instructions, by Adam Levin [1030 pages] — started August 1st (?), 2014; finished October 15th, 2014

Ulysses, by James Joyce* [657 pages]

11/22/63, by Stephen King [849 pages]

Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky [796 pages]

I Know This Much Is True, by Wally Lamb [897 pages]

Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon [1085 pages]

Underworld, by Don DeLillo [827 pages]

The Recognitions, by William Gaddis [956 pages]

*I know Finnegan’s Wake is longer than Ulysses, but 1. The challenge of the read will more than make up for its “lack” in pagination, 2. Some editions of Ulysses actually are 1000 pages in length, and 3. I don’t know if I’ll ever be a good enough reader to tackle Finnegan’s Wake (let alone actually enjoy it). So there.


2 thoughts on “The List

  1. Grandma on said:

    Jake, The only book on your list I’ve read is “Underworld,” by Don DeLillo and I’m still not sure what it was about. He kept going off in different directions, and then occasionally returning to a familiar character. If/when “Cosmopolis,” I loved! (You might guess why I bothered to read it.) DeLillo found ways of saying things that fascinated me.

  2. Grandma on said:

    Jake, Part of my comment got deleted. “If/when you read “Underworld,” please tell me what it was about.”

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