Posted on November 3, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Many readers decided to find the silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns and bump up their book consumption.
For some, that simply meant crossing off more titles; for others, it meant tackling the tomes that had overwhelmed them in the past.
And while Penguin Random House doesn’t, of course, have statistics on how many readers actually finished (or opened) these hefty classics, the publisher tells the Guardian that certain big books have flown off the shelves.
The figures from the UK show the following increases:
War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy (1,440 pages): up 69 percent
Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes (1,056 pages): up 53 percent
Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (865 pages): up 52 percent
Middlemarch, by George Eliot (880 pages): up 40 percent
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky (720 pages): up 35 percent
Alison Flood shares her own epic-novel adventures during the pandemic, along with a few reflections from other readers, in the Guardian.
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