The most recent 'big' book I really got into was Moby Dick, which is broken down into many very short chapters, so it was a breeze to read on vacation. I really like the drawn out descriptive style used in it - a whole chapter might be dedicated strictly to the description of a spearhead or a sunset. The sentences aren't all really tightly structured sentences either. Some are really short snippets, others run on for pages, just like the chapters. Anyway, the whole book has a poetic, lyrical style to the prose. I'm going to dive into Grapes of Wrath over the long holiday weekend. Anyway, back to the post title...what are some of the better epic novels out there that are must-reads? Roots? (been there, done that) War and Peace? (couldn't get passed page two in high school, maybe worth revisiting now that I'm older). Suggestions?