Have you ever read a book with word count reaching almost 10 lakh. Well, there are many longest novels in the world written so well that they also gained praise from public and renowned awards. Here are the top 5 longest novels you would like to know about.
1- Sironia, Texas
Released in 1952, this novel comes in two volumes with 1,700 pages. It revolves around a small town in Texas, Sironia, but residents of Waco in Texas claimed that it was based on their town. Interesting, the author of the novel Madison Cooper was also from Waco, hence the possibilities of exposing the secrets of the place were more. 25,000 copies were sold out and it also won the Houghton Mifflin Literary Award.
2- Poor fellow, My country
Authored by Xavier Herbert in 852,000 words, ‘Poor fellow, My country’ is not only the longest Australian novel ever written, but it is also considered to be the best Australian novel. It highlights the issues such as aborigine rights and the forming of the country before World War Two began. Published in 1975, it won the Miles Franlkin Award.
3- Ponniyin Selvan
An Indian writer Kalki Krishnamurthy also made India proud by penning down one of the longest novel Ponniyin Selvan in 900,000 words. Written in Tamil language, it depicted the life of the great Chola king Raja Raja Chola I, also known as Prince Arulmozhivarman who reigned from 985 to 1014. It was published in 1950s.
This Persian novel talks about the tense political climate of mid-century Iran between 1946 and 1949, and how a Kurdish family struggled to survive in that period. Published in 1984, this Persian novel consists of 10 volumes and 950,000 words. It was written by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi. The book was later translated into German and partly into English.
5- Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
An 18th century novel which was written by Samuel Richardson. It revolves around a lady
Clarissa who was kidnapped and raped before dying of an unspecified disease. Written in 984,870 words, it is considered as one of the 100 best novels of all time. It won many praises and touched people’s heart with it’s storyline and plot.
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