Most Difficult Reads?

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1Cecrow
Mrz. 9, 2012, 8:05am

I anticipate Ulysses will be rough and Middlemarch may be challenging when I get to them, but anything I've tried so far has only been a pleasant surprise. War and Peace I read many years ago and don't remember well, but I enjoyed it at the time.

When I know in advance that a book may be tough, I try to find good pre-reading that will prepare me. In the case of Ulysses for example, I'll precede it with Homer and with the author's earlier works, Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

2therealdavidsmith
Mrz. 12, 2012, 4:16pm

i found under the volcano frightfully challenging and immensely rewarding and i am glad to have read it. your warm-up method is certainly inventive, i would recommend tristram shandy in this instance.

3Cecrow
Mrz. 13, 2012, 7:50am

Under the Volcano isn't on the 501 list but you have my attention, if Tristram Shandy can be considered a warm-up! I'm presently reading The Pickwick Papers and wishing I'd read Tristram Shandy first to see if there was any influence there.

4Cecrow
Bearbeitet: Jun. 12, 2012, 7:57am

Along these lines, I've just completed The Turn of the Screw as my introduction to Henry James. I won't get to The Portrait of a Lady any time soon, but this was my approach to understanding his style. From what I've seen so far, in terms of language I'll find a full-length novel by him to be enjoyable - but slow.