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Top 100 Most Difficult Novels

From Goodreads - '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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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 (Herman Melville)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
5
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 by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
9
Heart of Darkness
Heart of Darkness
10
Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
11
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
12
The Naked Lunch
The Naked Lunch
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13
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
14
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
Les Miserables (Victor Hugo)
15
Lolita
Lolita
16
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged
17
The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose
18
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
19
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
20
Absalom, Absalom!
Absalom, Absalom!
21
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
22
Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
23
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Z. Danielewski)
24
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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25
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
27
Great Expectations
Great Expectations
28
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
29
Don Quixote
Don Quixote
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The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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To the Lighthouse
To the Lighthouse
32
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
33
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
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The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
35
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
36
Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
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37
Count of Monte Cristo
Count of Monte Cristo
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The Man Without Qualities
The Man Without Qualities
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Love in the Time of Cholera
Love in the Time of Cholera
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The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
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