. House of Leaves
. Manhattan Transfer
. To the Lighthouse
. I've spoken with people who are absolutely fanatical about these books. Then again, I know quite a few readers (mom, I'm looking at you!) who put them down after the first 25 pages and said, "To hell with it!"
Publishers Weekly just posted a list of the top 10 most difficult books of all time (in English)
-- books they described as "literary Mt. Everests waiting out there for you to climb."
One man's treasure is another man's trash
Few people would actually agree 100% on a list like this. For me-- To the Lighthouse, Nightwood,
and The Faerie Queene
were cake, but plenty of other books that didn't make the list caused me to throw things.
So-- what is it that makes a book "difficult" for you?
What frustrates you to the point of putting a book down? Style, length, non-linear narratives, unreliable or shifting narrators? What books have you happily given up on? Which ones have you returned to later and been thankful for it?