” When people tire of the forty-eight minute television novel, they will yearn for a more substantial book within whose covers they can live imaginatively for weeks. The eighteenth-century discursive-type novel will enjoy a vigorous rebirth, because readers will demand it.” – The World Is My Home, A Memoir by James A. Michener
Let me tell you a secret: I have never read this book. Instead, I found the quote in an introduction.
Michael Phillips, author of Legend of the Celtic Stone, shares his love for the thick novel and quotes this piece as support to his view. He thinks of them as a succulent meal which ought to last for weeks. I must admit, I fully agree with him. Though exceedingly intimidating, once you give the ten ton book a go, they’re not half so bad. They may even become your friend.