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Flavorwire's 50 Tough Books for Extreme Readers

From Emily Temple on Flavorwire:
"Maybe it's a Pavlovian response to years of schooling, or that the brisk weather affords more hours inside, or something else entirely, but the fact is this: November seems like the time to take on the heftiest reading on your list. And let's face the facts: some books are only for the toughest readers on the block, your Sylvester Stallones of literature, as it were. So for those of you who count yourself tough, here's a list of books for you: 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. This list is limited to works of fiction, so straightforward philosophy is out, and a single book per author, so you'll see Finnegans Wake (obviously) but not Ulysses. Don't worry, the Ulysses is implied. "
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Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
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War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
3
The Silmarillion
The Silmarillion
4
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
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5
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
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The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
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Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
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Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
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Finnegans
Finnegans
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The Faerie Queene
The Faerie Queene
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The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
The Making of Americans (Gertrude Stein)
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13
The Divine Comedy by Dante
The Divine Comedy by Dante
14
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
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Pet Sematary
Pet Sematary
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Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
17
Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
18
The Year of Magical Thinking
The Year of Magical Thinking
19
Underworld (Don Delillo)
Underworld (Don Delillo)
20
Trainspotting
Trainspotting
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21
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
22
Tristram Shandy
Tristram Shandy
23
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
Geek Love (Katherine Dunn)
24
Sophie's Choice
Sophie's Choice
25
2666
2666
26
Hopscotch
Hopscotch
27
Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)
Battle Royale (Koushun Takami)
28
Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo
Johnny Got His Gun, by Dalton Trumbo
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29
Dhalgren
Dhalgren
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Out
Out
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The Painted Bird
The Painted Bird
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Nightwood
Nightwood
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Gulag Archipelago
Gulag Archipelago
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Clarissa
Clarissa
35
Wittgenstein's Mistress
Wittgenstein's Mistress
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JR
JR
37
Bad Behavior
Bad Behavior
38
Coin Locker Babies
Coin Locker Babies
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Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
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The Conservationist
The Conservationist
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