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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer - Page 2

"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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The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
The Crying of Lot 49 (Thomas Pynchon)
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Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë)
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Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
Pale Fire (Vladimir Nabokov)
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2666 (Roberto Bolaño)
2666 (Roberto Bolaño)
45
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre, Trans. Robert Baldick)
Nausea (Jean-Paul Sartre, Trans. Robert Baldick)
46
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
47
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel García Márquez)
48
Notes From Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
Notes From Underground (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
49
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Silmarillion (J.R.R. Tolkien)
50
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Middlemarch (George Eliot)
51
Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
Steppenwolf (Hermann Hesse)
52
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
Tess of the D'urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)
53
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
54
V (Thomas Pynchon)
V (Thomas Pynchon)
55
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
56
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
Bleak House (Charles Dickens)
57
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
58
The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
59
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
60
My Name Is Red (Orhan Pamuk)
My Name Is Red (Orhan Pamuk)
61
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (William Faulkner)
62
The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
The Recognitions (William Gaddis)
63
The Waves (Virginia Woolf)
The Waves (Virginia Woolf)
64
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
65
The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
66
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
67
Mason & Dixon (Thomas Pynchon)
Mason & Dixon (Thomas Pynchon)
68
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway)
69
Against the Day (Thomas Pynchon)
Against the Day (Thomas Pynchon)
70
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
Ada or Ardor (Vladimir Nabokov)
71
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
Dracula (Bram Stoker)
72
Molloy (Samuel Beckett)
Molloy (Samuel Beckett)
73
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
74
Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
Tropic of Cancer (Henry Miller)
75
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
76
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
77
The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)
The Golden Notebook (Doris Lessing)
78
Nostromo (Joseph Conrad)
Nostromo (Joseph Conrad)
79
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
80
Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
Vanity Fair (William Makepeace Thackeray)
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