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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer

"Novels that made you work the hardest. Let's assume that you actually finished the book and felt that it was worth the effort" (Goodreads).
Despite the Goodreads instructions, in practice I think there were many different interpretations of 'difficult'. Hence the inclusion of "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer. Anyway IMHO the list could be used as a fairly wide-ranging and challenging TBR.
Criteria for inclusion: at least 3 votes OR 2 votes and 100+ ratings.
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made by Markd9528
avg. score: 43 of 353 (12%)
required scores: 1, 14, 28, 43, 67 

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Ulysses (James Joyce)
Ulysses (James Joyce)
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Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
3
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
The Sound and the Fury (William Faulkner)
4
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
5
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
Gravity's Rainbow (Thomas Pynchon)
6
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)
7
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
8
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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9
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez)
10
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad)
11
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)
12
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
Naked Lunch (William S. Burroughs)
13
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
14
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)
15
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
Les Misérables (Victor Hugo)
16
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
The Name of the Rose (Umberto Eco)
17
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
In Search of Lost Time (Marcel Proust)
18
House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski)
House of Leaves (Mark Danielewski)
19
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
20
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
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21
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
22
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
Absalom, Absalom! (William Faulkner)
23
Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
24
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
Foucault's Pendulum (Umberto Eco)
25
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
A Clockwork Orange (Anthony Burgess)
27
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
28
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
Great Expectations (Charles Dickens)
29
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
Don Quixote (Miguel De Cervantes)
30
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
31
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
32
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
Blood Meridian (Cormac McCarthy)
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33
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
34
Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë)
35
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
The Idiot (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
36
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
37
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)
38
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
The Trial (Franz Kafka)
39
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
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The Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil, Tr. Sophie Wilkins & Burton Pike)
The Man Without Qualities (Robert Musil, Tr. Sophie Wilkins & Burton Pike)
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