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, of course. I've read it from cover to cover, including the trippy books, like Revelations and Malachi*.
*I remember Malachi as difficult to read and understand. I could be misremembering, as I did this when I was about 13. However, Revelations is DEFINITELY trippy.
But, if we don't include that...
Robert Challes' Les Illustres Francaises
This book is about 700 pages long and is a series of connected stories about the struggles between the old time nobility of France, the new nobility of France -- those who earned their titles through military service or who bought them.
It's actually quite an interesting book.
I was reading this book during the time I was teaching Freshman Composition. My students were complaining that they had to read FIFTY WHOLE PAGES and take notes on them in a week. I pulled out this book and said:
See this book? It's 700 pages long. I have a week to read it, write a reaction paper about it, and then lead a class discussion about it.
Oh, and did I mention that I'm doing all of this in French?
Precisely how much sympathy do you think I have for you right now?
Short works? I don't know. Saint-Ex's The Little Prince
? Shel Silverstein's Where the SIdewalk Ends