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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Difficult Novels

When researching yesterday’s topic on novels that influenced other novels, I came across a BuzzFeed list of 25 challenging novels:  https://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/the-25-most-challenging-books-you-will-ever-read?utm_term=.qrqXw2nVJ6#.pnvMxPEb61.  What is interesting is that at least 8 of those titles appear on the list I mentioned yesterday of novels that changed subsequent novel writing:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/50-novels-changed-novels/

If you’re interested in a more extensive list, check out this list of 50 novels, “some absurdly long, some notoriously difficult, some with intense or upsetting subject matter but blindingly brilliant prose, some packed into formations that require extra effort or mind expansion, and some that fit into none of those categories, but are definitely for tough girls (or guys) only” (http://flavorwire.com/423424/50-incredibly-tough-books-for-extreme-readers) or this list of 200 titles:  http://www.listchallenges.com/goodreads-200-most-difficult-novels.