Thursday, January 27, 2011

Booking Through Thursday: The Largest Book You've Read

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What’s the largest, thickest, heaviest book you ever read? Was it because you had to? For pleasure? For school?
The largest, thickest, heaviest book I've read is probably Robert L. Herbert's Impressionism: Art, Leisure and Parisian Society, a tome on the Impressionist art movement. I read it my junior year of college for a class I took called "Paris in the Nineteenth Century," an incredible class- probably my favorite class in my entire education- about art history, social history, literary life and more in 19th century Paris. I struggled through 14 long, dense chapters, carted this coffee table of a book everywhere I went for over a week, and then wouldn't you know it, there wasn't one question on the final exam that required us to have read anything in this book! Oh well. It's a wonderful book and I learned a lot but it's certainly not appropriate for the casual reader!

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