1. 150,000 words in Zone, by Mathias Enard (published in French in 2008)
2. 40,000 words in Gates of Paradise, by Jerzy Andrzejewski (Polish, 1960)
3. 30,000 words in Dancing Lessons for the Advanced in Age, by Bohumil Hrabal (Czech, 1964)
4. 13,995 words in The Rotters’ Club by Jonathan Coe (English, 2001)
Read the rest of what Patrick T. Reardon of the Chicago Tribune (12/28) has to say on the matter, including why The Blah Story by Nigel Tomm is not considered.