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Classic Novels, Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study

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Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

It may be generous to say that this is a “book” rather than “just a bunch of sentences about a guy who hates whales, couched between anecdotal and unnecessary facts about whale sperm.”

But, well, it seems a bit rude to roast Herman Melville knowing full well he isn’t around to defend himself. I’ll just leave you with this, then: Moby-Dick contains a sentence that is 471 words long, and I think that tells you all you need to know about Herman Melville’s relationship with the English language.

Topics: Books
Tags: animal farm, books we love, the scarlet letter, lord of the flies, the great gatsby, pride and prejudice, the catcher in the rye, jane eyre, great expectations, to kill a mockingbird, jane austen, classic literature, infinite jest, moby dick, classics, dracula, f. scott fitzgerald, classic novels, catch 22, virginia woolf, heart of darkness, to the lighthouse, the canterbury tales, one hundred years of solitude, absalom absalom, atlas shrugged, finnegans wake, on a scale from 1 to "what is going on"

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