Have you read more than 1000 novels

If not now then when? Books with more than 1000 pages

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Never waste a crisis. Forced to slow down, we take the opportunity. Finally read a long tome with more than a thousand pages; something that you have always planned, but never managed? We have put together 8 essential hams. To kill time.

Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (1954/1955)

The mother of all fantasy novels, which has sold more than 150 million copies worldwide: The Lord of the Rings - an adventure story about the difficult destruction of a powerful ring that feeds evil. Most of the people have probably seen the terrific film adaptation, but of course the old book adaptation rule also applies to this classic: Nothing is as good as the original! Often times the story is sold in multiple volumes, but J.R.R. Tolkien always insisted on using the 1,293 pages of Lord of the Ringshaving created only one novel.

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Complete edition "Lord of the Rings"

Best-selling author Stephen is not only the most commercially successful contemporary writer, he is also quite rightly entitled "King Of Horror" - after all, with works like Shining, you or the cemetery of the cuddly toys made history in the truest sense of the word. Belongs to his best, most important and influential works It - the 1,534-page story about a fucking creepy clown who randomly murders children in a small American town. A gripping novel that feared an entire generation and led to the rise of coulrophobia - the pathological panic of clowns. How did Thees Uhlmann feel in his Stephen King ode last year? Thanks for the fear formulates: "Because of you we used to cycle faster through the fog at night / because we thought that something was behind us with an unpronounceable name."

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The sheer horror on 1,534 pages: Stephen King's "It"

2666, Roberto Bolaño (2004)

Internationally there was agreement: As the 2004 novel of the century 2666 was published a year after the death of its author Roberto Bolaño, the ham was euphorically celebrated as a literary masterpiece everywhere. An unsolved series of murders against Mexican women takes its readers deep into the gloomy, pumping heart of the modern world and through 1,096 pages that won't let you go until the last minute.

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4 numbers, one masterpiece: Bolaños "2666"

Shantaram, Gregory Roberts (2003)

When Australian hero junkie Gregory Roberts was caught after a series of raids on building societies and banks, the sentence was 23 years in prison. After two years, however, he managed to escape in broad daylight and went into hiding in Mumbai with a forged passport. He remained undetected for a whole decade until he was caught in Frankfurt in 1990 and extradited to Australia. Back in prison, he began to write about a life, its purification and the exotic mega-metropolis of Mumbai - a story that made life (even if the now released felon always claims that each of the 1,088 pages was fictitious).

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From junkie to bestselling author: Gregory Roberts and "Shantaram"

The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (2013)

Development novel, art thriller and milieu study in one: When Theo lost his mother in an accident at the age of 13, his life was turned upside down. And the more time goes by, the deeper he sinks into a spiral of grief, crime and wrong decisions - mirrored by a stolen painting that is in his possession. The goldfinch was named Book of the Year many times in 2013, lost the Pulitzer Prize the following year and made Stephen King a fanboy - you can't achieve much more with 1,024 written pages.

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Development novel, art thriller and milieu study in one: "The Distelfink"

The dark side of love, Rafik Schami (2010)

Schami's Opus Magnum is about blood revenge, tribal disputes and family feuds - as well as all varieties of forbidden love in Arabia. On 1,040 pages, Schami interweaves his Syrian Romeo and Juliet story into a literary magic carpet that holds you captive from front to back, like in Assad's torture cellar.

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The Syrian "Romeo and Juliet": "The dark side of love"

100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez (1967)

This legendary saga of the rise and fall of the Colombian Buendia family is now a modern classic of world literature: full of pathos and poetry, truth and wit, misery and merciless honesty. A mirror of Latin American society and a large-scale collage of human existence at the same time.

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Modern classic of world literature: "100 Years of Solitude"

Infinite Fun, David Foster Wallace (2011)

Actually, it's about how the inmates of a detention center are looking for a copy of the film "Infinite Fun", which is supposed to be so entertaining that the intoxicated viewers die of thirst in the end. But this linguistic and mind-changing monster from a novel is much more: Accurate social criticism, humorous psychogram and completely crazy nonsense rolled into one. A milestone in contemporary international literature.

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A mind-altering monster from a novel: "Infinite Fun"

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