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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer - Page 3

"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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Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
Oliver Twist (Charles Dickens)
82
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)
83
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
Trainspotting (Irvine Welsh)
84
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
The Fellowship of the Ring (J.R.R. Tolkien)
85
JR (William Gaddis)
JR (William Gaddis)
86
The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson)
The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson)
87
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
88
Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)
Under the Volcano (Malcolm Lowry)
89
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
Animal Farm (George Orwell)
90
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
91
The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
The Red and the Black (Stendhal)
92
The Magus (John Fowles)
The Magus (John Fowles)
93
The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot)
The Mill on the Floss (George Eliot)
94
The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett)
The Unnamable (Samuel Beckett)
95
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
96
Women in Love (D. H. Lawrence)
Women in Love (D. H. Lawrence)
97
The Ambassadors (Henry James)
The Ambassadors (Henry James)
98
Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad)
Lord Jim (Joseph Conrad)
99
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)
100
The Halo Grower - An Illustrated Novel (Ryushiro Hindemith)
The Halo Grower - An Illustrated Novel (Ryushiro Hindemith)
101
Suttree (Cormac McCarthy)
Suttree (Cormac McCarthy)
102
Jealousy (Alain Robbe-Grillet)
Jealousy (Alain Robbe-Grillet)
103
Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
104
Dune (Frank Herbert)
Dune (Frank Herbert)
105
Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather)
Death Comes for the Archbishop (Willa Cather)
106
Doctor Faustus (Thomas Mann)
Doctor Faustus (Thomas Mann)
107
Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)
108
The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)
The Tin Drum (Gunter Grass)
109
Shōgun : The Epic Novel of Japan (James Clavell)
Shōgun : The Epic Novel of Japan (James Clavell)
110
The White Hotel (D.M. Thomas)
The White Hotel (D.M. Thomas)
111
Bloomsday: The Bostoniad (David B. Lentz)
Bloomsday: The Bostoniad (David B. Lentz)
112
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
Slaughterhouse-Five (Kurt Vonnegut)
113
Paradise (Toni Morrison)
Paradise (Toni Morrison)
114
Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder)
Sophie's World (Jostein Gaarder)
115
Riddley Walker (Russell Hoban)
Riddley Walker (Russell Hoban)
116
Stardust (Neil Gaiman)
Stardust (Neil Gaiman)
117
Shadow Moon (George Lucas)
Shadow Moon (George Lucas)
118
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
Madame Bovary (Gustave Flaubert)
119
Malone Dies (Samuel Beckett)
Malone Dies (Samuel Beckett)
120
Silas Marner (George Eliot)
Silas Marner (George Eliot)
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