Tag Archives: Long

Le Morte d’Arthur
Thomas Malory

Le Morte d’Arthur is not actually one long epic about the life and death of King Arthur, but rather a collection of stories of the knights of the Round Table fused by Malory into a somewhat coherent tale…

The Divine Comedy
Dante Alighieri

Given the magnificent structure of the work, and the quality of the poetry in Italian, I have to wonder if it’s worthwhile to read The Divine Comedy in translation…

Orlando Furioso
Ludovico Ariosto

Without a doubt, Orlando Furioso is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve ever read. From start to finish, it’s all action, and all awesome…

Journey to the West
Wu Cheng'en

The impact that Journey to the West has had on the world since its publication is…staggering. I don’t think I would be overstating things to say that most (if not all) modern manga/anime have been directly influenced by Journey to the West

The Magic Mountain
Thomas Mann

The Magic Mountain, much like Oblomov, is a dangerous book. What Mann does with this novel of little action that moves at a snail’s place is illustrate just how easily one’s life, one’s youth, one’s livelihood can slowly but surely slip away…

Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The book Don Quixote is about an older man (I like to think early to mid fifties) who decides that he is a knight, in an era (early 17th century Spain) that no longer has any knights. He sallies forth with his neighbor, Sancho Panza, whom he calls squire, and does various things like attack windmills he fancies to be giants. All of that stuff is in the book, but it turns out to be much more than that…

Dune
Frank Herbert

Dune is about the new messiah come to Akkaris to save the planet. They call him muad’Dib (non-language creators at it again! Man, are they terrible!). Everything about the planet is cool (e.g. they spit at each other as a sign of respect, because water is so precious); everything about muad’Dib and his army and his plans is terrible…

The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear
Walter Moers

At the outset, we’re told that Bluebear lives 27 lives, and that in this book we get to hear about 13.5 of them (“a bear must have his secrets, after all”, he says). Bluebear is, indeed, a blue bear that lives on the mythical continent of Zamonia, which existed at one time somewhere in the Atlantic (west of Africa and Europe, east of the Americas, and south of Greenland). His earliest memory is of being adrift on a walnut shell in a vast ocean…

God Knows
Joseph Heller

God Knows is the story of my namesake, King David, of Old Testament fame. If you’re somewhat familiar with Joseph Heller, you might find the subject surprising, as this seems like the subject of a modern day historical novel…

The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo is the “ultimate” (?) revenge story. Of course, there’s a better one, but this one’s still pretty good…