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Goodreads' 200 Most Difficult Novels

"Novels that made you work the hardest. Let's assume that you actually finished the book and felt that it was worth the effort."
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avg. score: 25 of 200 (13%)
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Ulysses
Ulysses
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Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
3
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
4
Moby-Dick
Moby-Dick
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Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
6
War and Peace
War and Peace
7
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
9
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
10
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
11
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
12
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
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13
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
14
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
15
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
16
The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose
17
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
18
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
19
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
20
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
21
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
22
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
23
Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
24
Mrs. Dalloway
Mrs. Dalloway
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25
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
26
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
27
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
28
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
29
To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
30
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
31
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
32
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
33
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
34
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
35
Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
36
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
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The Man Without Qualities
The Man Without Qualities
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The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
40
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
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