As I approach an uncomfortably round birthday (complete with an uncomfortably round midsection), I have begun to reflect that there are some famous books that are really really freaking long. Also, I have begun to reflect that I am no spring chicken. Therefore, I should start getting up the patience to get through at least a few of them. With this in mind, I present the current Big Book Bucket List:
1) The Tale of Genji, Murasaki Shikibu. I have read about 5 chapters. This one may be doable. The explanatory literature is surprisingly readable.
2) Remembrance of Things Past, Marcel Proust. I have read about 70 pages. This one is really painful. Like, really unpleasant. Not sure what the motivation is here.
3) Quiet Flows the Don, Mikhail Sholohov. This one has the problem of being written in a Cossack dialect of Russian. OY. I can haz Russian edition with annotations pleze?
4) The Chinese Classical Novels. I have read half a volume of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Meh. I think The Dream of the Red Chamber is the safer bet. Or I can try The Plum in the Golden Vase, the super sexy forbidden fifth classical novel. This one would probably require a lot of explanatory literature.
Any other suggestions?