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    work of fiction

    Hi there,

    I was wondering whether anyone could help me with this?

    I am looking for some contemporary English novel ,work of fiction (20th century, no translations,preferably BE), longer than J. Joyce's Ulysses, (which totals about 265,000 words) for developing some computer software.
    Google didn't really help.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    beascarpetta

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    Re: work of fiction

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Hi there,

    I was wondering whether anyone could help me with this?

    I am looking for some contemporary English novel ,work of fiction (20th century, no translations,preferably BE), longer than J. Joyce's Ulysses, (which totals about 265,000 words) for developing some computer software.
    Google didn't really help.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    beascarpetta
    Anything by Thomas Pyncheon; he's unreadably long (well, I tried with Gravity's Rainbow and gave up after more than 100 pages - less than a quarter of the way through); and I'm usually a tenacious reader - I've been chipping away at Pinker's The Stuff of Thought since last Christmas.

    b

    PS But is Pyncheon British? If he won't do, how about Anthony Burgess - he's written a few door-stops?
    Last edited by BobK; 15-Nov-2008 at 19:04. Reason: Added PS

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    Re: work of fiction

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    Hi there,

    I was wondering whether anyone could help me with this?

    I am looking for some contemporary English novel ,work of fiction (20th century, no translations,preferably BE), longer than J. Joyce's Ulysses, (which totals about 265,000 words) for developing some computer software.
    Google didn't really help.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    beascarpetta
    "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth has 591,000 words. However, it does tend to use more than a few Indian words, and especially Indian themes if that's a problem.

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