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Literary Boot Camp: "Difficult but Rewarding" Books Per Goodreads

Complex novels can expand your horizons, break your heart and satisfy your soul. Such novels can also strain your nerves, test your patience and ruin your day. Either way, finishing such books can give you bragging rights. Next time a gymrat friend cracks that superior grin and invites you to join him for his "extreme" workout, tell him you'd rather stay home and read Thomas Mann. Who's smug now?
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Blood Meridian
Blood Meridian
2
The Sound and the Fury
The Sound and the Fury
3
One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
4
Molloy
Molloy
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The Recognitions
The Recognitions
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Ulysses
Ulysses
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Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
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Labyrinths
Labyrinths
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9
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
10
Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
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Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
12
Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum
13
Four Quartets
Four Quartets
14
Invisible Man
Invisible Man
15
The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain
16
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men
17
Ice
Ice
18
The Book of Margins
The Book of Margins
19
The Waves
The Waves
20
Infinite Jest
Infinite Jest
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21
War and Peace
War and Peace
22
Hopscotch
Hopscotch
23
The Death of Virgil
The Death of Virgil
24
The Age of Wire and String
The Age of Wire and String
25
Under the Volcano
Under the Volcano
26
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
27
The Changing Light of Sandover
The Changing Light of Sandover
28
Montano's Malady
Montano's Malady
29
The Book of Nightmares
The Book of Nightmares
30
Paterson
Paterson
31
Gravity's Rainbow
Gravity's Rainbow
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Late Nights on Air
Late Nights on Air
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33
The Icarus Girl
The Icarus Girl
34
Owls Do Cry
Owls Do Cry
35
Tinkers
Tinkers
36
The Museum of Eterna's Novel
The Museum of Eterna's Novel
37
Mason and Dixon
Mason and Dixon
38
Men of Maize
Men of Maize
39
The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov
40
Mulligan Stew
Mulligan Stew
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