Hello, friends and enemies.
I come to you in need of a recommendation.
Any time I pack, the most stressful part of the whole process is books. Firstly, I usually have to pack a lot of them, because reading is sort of... I don't know, my "thing." Also, I read uber fast. Boy, this is getting unpalatable really fast, isn't it?
Anyway, books are heavy and even worse, take up a lot of space, and this conflicts with my number one travel rule (though I have many, due to many many years of frequent travel): never. ever. check. luggage.
It just should never be done.
In the near future I'll be going to the middle of nowhere for about two weeks, and I need a book to read. A big book.
What should I read?
Before you suggest it, the last time I went to the middle of nowhere, I took War and Peace.
Whatever it is, it needs to be over or around 1,000 pages, or, if you prefer, you could suggest two 500 page books, but then they need to be paperbacks.
Possibilities already on the list include The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (nothign says "Vacation!" like...) and Infinite Jest, although with all due respect to Mr. DFW and all my dear friends to whom his work is meaningful and important, I've struggled with his essays (Consider the Lobster). He is, roughly put, not my style.
So! While I would be tickled pink for me to actually show up with a huge tome on the Nazis (because really, can you ever know enough about them?) I though I would ask the internets: what should I read?