Totally. I don't disagree with you, I was just making the point generally that 100 pages is a slog if the writing isn't captivating, while 1000 goes by like nothing when your interest is piqued. Swamplandia is 400 pages. My suggestion or Darkness at Noon is <300. Neither should be too herculean to tackle. After reading a bit about it, I'm pretty interested in reading Swamplandia. It's contemporary and popular, but by all accounts it's apparently also interesting and different. That all seems like good criteria for a book club book.