Orange Prize Giveaway #11: The Swan Thieves

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

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Up for Grabs: The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

Your activity: At almost 600 pages, The Swan Thieves is a bit of a chunkster. What is the longest book you’ve ever read? Please us know in the comments below – and if you know the page count, make sure to include that too!


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Open to all participants – no matter where you live or if you’ve won already!

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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melissa Leeman Head
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 19:33:38

    I’m pretty sure the longest book that I have read is The Passage by Justin Cronin at 766 pages. Loved it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!



  2. Dee
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 19:33:59

    I’m really not sure but I am currently reading The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami which at 607 pages must be one of the longest books I’ve read!


  3. Kim Bal-Al
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 19:34:04

    “Life: A User’s Manual” – If it wasn’t the longest book I ever read (at almost 600 pages of very fine print) it felt like the longest book I’ve ever read!
    I read it as part of reading from the 1001 list. It’s described as “an immensely complex and rich work; a tapestry of interwoven stories and ideas and literary and historical allusions, based on the lives of the inhabitants of a fictitious Parisian apartment block”. I’m afraid the literary and historical allusion, amongst mathematical gymnastics involving lists and puzzles, mainly eluded me. However, I somehow persisted with it 🙂
    I really loved Elizabeth Kostova’s “The Historian”. Is “The Swan Thieves” as good?


  4. Deborah F
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 19:49:32

    I’m uncertain as to the longest book I’ve ever read. Perhaps one of my Dickens books – Bleak House, David Copperfield, Pickwick Papers – if memory serves , all of those are very long! Or how about Anna Karenina?

    Thanks again for another chance at a giveaway! 🙂


  5. Ally
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:03:47

    This is an easy question. It’s Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. I have it in five volumes and the total number of pages is more than 1,600. I had to read it in my second year of college, and it felt like it was never going to end, but since it was a compulsory reading, it had to end 🙂
    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  6. Christa (Hooked on Books)
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:12:56

    The longest book I’ve ever read was Anna Karenina. I’m not sure the exact page length but I know my copy came in over 1,000 pages. Took me almost a year to get all the way through it!


  7. Aths
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:22:26

    From the top of my head, I can see it’s the LOTR series. I know this series is essentially three books, but I read from the combined edition, so it felt pretty much as one huge book. Also, I read it before knowing it was a trilogy.


  8. mimz
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:23:47

    The longest book I’ve read is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. However (excluding the other HPs) a close second comes Lord Byron’s Don Juan with 768. I never want to read it again. lol


  9. mrstreme
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:41:20

    Mine is Gone With The Wind – the edition I read was 1,036 pages, and I was 13 when I completed this task! =)

    (Not entered in giveaway)


  10. Regina Motarjeme
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 20:57:22

    One of the many historical novels I read from Edward Rutherford or James Michener, these are usually anywhere from 1,000 to 1,300 pages and I have read about 6 of those…and loved it!


  11. Rhonda Lomazow
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:10:43

    Bleak house.Loved every word!!


  12. Layen
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:38:18

    I’m pretty sure it’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke at 800 pages (according to Amazon anyway). It’s torture on my hands!


  13. Kathy Dolan
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:47:16

    Definitely A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth – which I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) is the longest book written in the English language, or was when it came out – just beating Ulysses. It’s also one of the best books I’ve ever read, and at some point I mean to read it again.
    I remember it opens with a message from the author: ‘Buy me before good sense insists / You’ll strain your purse or sprain your wrist’.


  14. Nicki
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:47:54

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – according to Goodreads that was 1024 pages although I’ve just searched for my copy and the version I have is 1006. Wolf Hall too was up there with 650 and on my “to be read” pile I have Bolano’s 2066 weighing in at 898 pages. It had better be as worth reading as the aforementioned two were 🙂


  15. Nicki
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:48:49

    * (correction) Bolano’s 2666


  16. Peggy
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 21:55:37

    I read *War and Peace*, which in the edition that I say I’m going to read this year, comes in at 1,352 pages. I own *Clarissa* by Samuel Richardson which weighs in at 1,500 pages in an oversized Penguin paperback beating out my copy of *A Suitable Boy* by 15 pages, Kathy. And, Nicki, I loved *2666*, but a reader has to tolerate a lot of violence and to have a willingness to read and not worry about any of the aspects of a novel that we usually worry about.


  17. Barbara Atkins Carlucci
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 22:05:54

    I have 2 books that come to mind and I’m not sure which is the longest…Gone With The Wind and The Stand…and I loved both!


  18. Her Royal Orangeness
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 22:08:08

    Three of my all-time-favs are super long.
    “Les Misérables” – about 1500 pages
    “The Stand” – about 1200 pages
    “Ulysses” – about 1000


  19. Wendy
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 22:31:05

    I think it was probably War and Peace (thanks Peggy for doing the math for me) at 1,352 pages…closely followed by The Stand at 1200 pages and Kristin Lavransdatter at 1124 pages.

    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂


  20. wutheringwillow
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 23:16:40

    I think the longest book I have ever read is The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. At 1088 pages, carrying it round was a big pain! I remember finishing it in a record four days because I had an exam coming up.


  21. Alpa
    Jul 20, 2011 @ 23:25:09

    Longest book i read is Gone with the wind (960 pages)


  22. Cate (bleuroses)
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 00:10:17

    Hmmm, my most recent ‘long’ reads have been my ARC copy of Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours at 672 pages and The Thorn Birds at 673 pages! I read Kostova’s The Historian years ago which was 656 pages.


  23. belva (rainpebble)
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 00:33:47

    This one took some digging. Other than my Bible which comes in at 2385 pages I believe it would have to be The Count of Monte Cristo. I just read it last year and if I recall, it was my number one read of the year and it reads at 1243 pages, not including notes, etc.


  24. belva (rainpebble)
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 00:35:52

    I loved 2666 also but you do have to get into it.


  25. Nulaanne
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 00:36:04

    I don’t know if these two count or not. When I was 12 I read the Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare it took about 3 months, at 1117 pages. That is including the sonnets, and poetry.

    Then when I was 13 my parents decided that I was reading to much, took all my books except the Unabridged Encyclopiedic Dicrionary. I have no ideal how many pages that thing was. I remember after A-Z there was geography stats, name meanings, wars ect.


  26. Andrew Blackman
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 02:04:40

    War and Peace is definitely my longest, at something like 1,400 pages. I read it as a teenager and it took me months, but cemented a love of reading that continues to this day. I find that with really long books, you can enter the world of the novel so much more completely, because you keep coming back to it day after day, week after week. The only trouble is that I am wary of starting long books because if I end up not liking them, it’s a lot of time to have spent!


  27. Heather Holt
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 02:39:07

    Like Kathy, mine is A Suitable Boy at 1,474 pages.but other long favourites other people have mentioned are The Count of Monte Cristo, Lord of the Rings, Bleak House, Les Miserables and Anna Karenina. Still haven’t read War and Peace.


  28. Citizenjoyce
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 02:49:29

    I also read Les Miserables. The library copy has 1330 pages and I loved it.
    Lonesome Dove has 857 pages, and I loved it just as much.
    The Hour I First Believed has 752 and I hated about 400 of them.


  29. Citizenjoyce
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 02:53:52

    I also read Les Miserables. The library copy has 1330 pages and I loved it.
    Lonesome Dove has 857 pages, and I loved it just as much.
    The Crimson Petal and the White has 944 pages, and I not only loved it, I plan to read it again in a couple of months.
    The Hour I First Believed has 752 and I hated about 400 of them.


  30. Vasilly
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 04:22:46

    Don’t include me in the drawing. I think the longest book I’ve ever read is The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley which is 872 pages long, betting out one of the Harry Potter books by 2 pages. I’m starting to think that I need to read longer books.


  31. Debra
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 04:30:55

    In 2005 my book club read Don Quixote to celebrate it’s 400th anniversary. Love, love the book – all 1025 pages of it!

    Please don’t enter me in this drawing.


  32. thisisalfred
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 04:37:59

    Longest book I ever read was The Count of Monte Cristo. Over 1000 pages. I hated it, for the most part, but I had something to prove to my English teacher.


  33. Phoebe
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 04:56:51

    War and Peace and Gone with the Wind, not sure which is longer.


  34. ReaderWoman
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 05:28:41

    I think I am a boring entry here – since Gone With the Wind is mine as well – don’t remember how many pages the edition I read was, but I know it was over 900! BUT I read it more than once, do I get extra brownie points for that? I never even tried War and Peace, although I have read the entire Harry Potter oeuvre. I am an intense re-reader of things I like, and if I buy a book, it must be a treasure for me, because my space is at a premium! Last but not least, I gotta say, to me, the length of a book sometimes scares me into NOT reading it – especially in bed, since I am afraid I will fall asleep and crush my face! 🙂 Thanks for the contest – hope I win!


  35. JoV
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 05:47:06

    The Longest I have ever read is Shantaram by Gregory Roberts at 933 pages and This Much I know is true by Wally Lamb about 893 pages. Still reading 2666 by Roberto Bolano at 898 pages. I’m bracing for A Suitable Boy but feel my perseverance falters looking at the sheer size of it! Not easy to read pick up the courage to read chunksters but if there is a good one, I wish it wouldn’t end!

    I hope I win. I’ll be thrilled with Swan thieves. 🙂


  36. Genny
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 06:33:58

    The first, and most frequently re-read really long book I read was Lord of the Rings. The longest recent read was Wolf Hall, and I’m part way through, but stalled on, another chunkster or over 1000 pages, A Glastonbury Romance.


    • mrstreme
      Jul 21, 2011 @ 09:07:35

      Congratulations, Genny! You’re today’s winner! Please email me your mailing address at your earliest convenience: jillceleste AT hotmail DOT com.


  37. Eva
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:08:55

    I think A Suitable Boy, which was over 1400 pages. I love chunksters, though, so I’ve also read Les Mis, War & Peace, Shantaram, Count of Monte Cristo, Gone with the Wind, Kristin Lavransdatter, Middlemarch, and more. For awhile, I was purposefully seeking out novels that were over 1,000 pages, but I’ve kind of run out (except for Clarissa, which I’m not sure I want to read, lol).


  38. Kinna
    Jul 21, 2011 @ 08:33:48

    A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, at almost 1,500 pages, is the longest book that I read. It was really engaging and funny so it feels like a relatively fast read.


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