Epic Novels i.e. War and Peace?
although I know this isn't the proper term, I'm looking for epic novels
so far I've read The Magic Mountain, Les Miserables, Don Quijote, War and Peace, The Illiad, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and Brothers Karamazov
I've also tried Ulysses and Remembrance of Things Past, but I can't beat them....
- Patrick RLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Here are a few. I tried to follow a looser definition of "epic" as exemplified by, say, The Magic Mountain.
The 1,001 Nights (aka The Arabian Nights) -- various translations
The Tale of Genji -- Murasaki Shikibu (aka Lady Murasaki)
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms (aka Three Kingdoms) -- Luo Guanzhong
The Satyricon -- Petronius
Simplicius Simplicissimus -- Grimmelshausen
Tristram Shandy -- Laurence Sterne (mock-epic, and really mock-everything-else!)
Mardi -- Herman Melville
Uncle Tom's Cabin -- Harriet Beecher Stowe
Lost Illusions -- Balzac
La Regenta -- Clarin
Buddenbrooks -- Thomas Mann (Be sure to get most recent translations.)
Joseph and His Brothers -- ditto
Parade's End -- Ford Madox Ford
The Master of Hestviken (tetralogy) -- Sigrid Undset
The Forsyte Saga -- John Galsworthy
An American Tragedy -- Theodore Dreiser
Les Thibaults -- Roger Martin du Gard (in two volumes, Les Thibaults and Summer 1914)
Petersburg (aka St. Petersburg) -- Andrei Bely (last name might be spelled differently)
Finnegans Wake -- James Joyce (You might as well try a few pages. It can be awfully fun.)
Magister Ludi (aka The Glass Bead Game) -- Hermann Hesse
The Man Without Qualities -- Robert Musil
"War Trilogy" -- J. G. Farrell
*The Siege of Krishnapur
*The Singapore Grip
A Dance to the Music of Time -- Anthony Powell
Absalom! Absalom! -- William Faulkner
The Alexandria Quartet -- Lawrence Durrell
Memoirs of Hadrian -- Marguerite Yourcenar
The Tin Drum -- Gunter Grass
The Dune series (sci-fi) -- Frank Herbert (Read at least Dune.)
The Foundation series (sci-fi) -- Isaac Asimov (Read at least the 1st three.)
Midnight's Children -- Salman Rushdie
Gravity's Rainbow -- Thomas Pynchon
The Recognitions -- William Gaddis
The Golden Notebook -- Doris Lessing
Canopus in Argos: Archives -- Doris Lessing
100 Years of Solitude -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Master and Margarita -- Mikhail Bulgakov
almost anything by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Regeneration Trilogy -- Pat Barker
Underworld -- Don DeLillo
Infinite Jest -- David Foster Wallace
The Atlas -- William Vollmann
*All Souls' Rising -- Madison Smartt Bell
*Master of the Crossroads -- ditto
*The Stone that the Builder Refused -- ditto
You might enjoy these as well, even though non-fiction:
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich -- William Shirer
The Anatomy of Melancholy -- Robert Burton
John Maynard Keynes -- Robert Skidelsky
James Joyce -- Richard Ellmann (might help with Ulysses---and Finnegans Wake---later on)
Thus Spoke Zarathustra -- Friedrich Nietzsche
BTW, if you decide to tackle Proust again, if you read the first two, that would be just fine. The second novel really is the best, but it's only that good because of what it builds on in the first.
(And I presume you know all about the tons of nice fat Victorian English novels out there. Don't forget Trollope and Thackeray!)
- 4 years ago
The Lord of the Rings trilogy? I devour books, any sort, any time, any place. I also love the Lord of the Rings films and have read the Hobbit several times since being a child. But I've still not finished this book... So it must be pretty epic in one way or another! I also think Tolkiens style is interesting. The fact that he invented a whole set of new races, because as a linguist first, author second, he wanted a new language. He then needed a race to have this language, and that race needed a history, which needed other races, which needed countries, etc. Fascinating.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The other two answerers have written great ones.
I would like to add that you can read many classics online for free and legally, and given your reading appetite (from what you have described) it should be a good thing for you to have.
So I thought I would recommend you WebLiterature.Net - a place where you get a great set of classics for free reading. In fact, all the ones you mentioned there (no exception) are available in WebLiterature, and of course many more of similar levels.
Here is WebLiterature for you:
- WalshyFerdinandLv 41 decade ago
Oh my, the poster above me beated me with the number of novels listed.
He didn't list, however, Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
And Dante's Divine Comedy. Or the Grapes of Wrath, or East of Eden.
Try reading some of Gogol's stuff.
I wish I could read those book that you've read and the poster above me posted, but I don't feel ready yet.