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October 27, 2011

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What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?

Hmm, I think the hardest, but still enjoyable, book I’ve read was Gravity’s Rainbow. That or Ulysses. No, neither were assigned; they were both post college “fun” reading. I’d probably liken reading both to delivering a baby without an epidural: you know it’s good for you (and, of course the baby) but it’s going to hurt and it’s going to be hard. In the end, though, it’s totally worth it. Ok, so may that’s not the best analogy but it’s the best I could come up with.

I think that, also, my definition of “hard” books tends to be a little bit oddball, though, those two are likely to top anyone’s list. I generally like strange, “challenging” books and think Umberto Eco is great fun and very easy to read.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2011 4:41 am

    We’re of similar mind concerning Ulysses.

  2. October 27, 2011 6:27 am

    I’d probably liken reading both to delivering a baby without an epidural: you know it’s good for you (and, of course the baby) but it’s going to hurt and it’s going to be hard.

    Much how I feel about most literary novels and classics… lol…

    I’m here: http://its-raining-books.blogspot.com/2011/10/booking-through-thursday-challenging.html

  3. October 27, 2011 7:32 am

    See, I liked – and understood – Ulysses. Shakespeare, however, is my reading downfall!

  4. October 27, 2011 7:53 am

    I’m a bad reader because those types of books really scare me. Probably the hardest book I’ve read recently was Gone With the Wind, only because it was so long and the words were so small. Generally though if I start to struggle, I give it up. I hang my head in shame.

  5. October 27, 2011 10:04 am

    The hardest book I have ever attempted to read ( notice I said attempted) has been The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. I think I got to page 50 more than 5 or 6 times. It’s just such a dense and complex book, and every time I look over at it one my shelves, it looks back like it’s mocking me! I need to try again sometime.

  6. October 27, 2011 12:33 pm

    Ooh, good response. I haven’t read either, but I suspect I’d feel the same way. I’m trying to think of what the hardest book is I might have read … will need to meditate on this!

  7. October 27, 2011 2:06 pm

    Interesting comparison, lol… Not read these…

    Here’s my BTT – House Millar series

    Aine

  8. October 27, 2011 5:25 pm

    Right now my son totally agrees with you, but he is being made to read them by me. I loved both of these, glad you found it worth it in the end.

    Here is mine http://edwardsgranddaugther.blogspot.com/2011/10/bible-challenge.html

  9. October 27, 2011 7:59 pm

    Love your comparison! I have have 2 with no epidural (or other drugs) and I have also read a couple books that fit that analogy!
    Here’s mine:
    http://share-mymind.blogspot.com/2011/10/hardest-book-btt.html

    Stop by sometime.

  10. October 27, 2011 9:23 pm

    I’m the type of person that gives up very easily on the “difficult” books, but when I do manage to get through them? It’s very satisfying. I enjoyed your comparison here, haha. :D

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