Q: What’s the biggest book you’ve read recently?
(Feel free to think “big” as size, or as popularity, or in any other way you care to interpret.)
A:My most recent ‘big’ book was Anna Karenina which I read over Christmas time. It’s not that recent but at nearly 900 pages it was definitely BIG! With classic books I make an extra effort to get one with a lovely cover (in this case a 1970’s Folio Society edition) so that way I’ll have something special to keep if I love it.
And I did love it! From the very beginning I was absorbed by the vivid characters that Tolstoy describes and the emotional conflicts that they are engaged in. I was quite surprised at how it felt very modern especially the scene where Darya (“Dolly”) finds that her husband Prince Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky has cheated on her. Unfortunately there were some chapters with long dicussions about farming in Russia which I found pretty boring. I might have been guilty of speed-reading those… slap on the wrist! I would say that this is one of my favourite books because of the beautiful way that it addresses human relationships and emotions. Anna herself is such a complex character – I found myself at once annoyed with her and then sympathetic to her.
I’m so happy when I find a long book that I like – it just means there’s more left to enjoy! What recent ‘big’ books have you read? Did you enjoy them?