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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer - Page 4

"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 Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
The Last of the Mohicans (James Fenimore Cooper)
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The Castle (Franz Kafka)
The Castle (Franz Kafka)
123
The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
124
The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
The Gunslinger (Stephen King)
125
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
126
The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
The Executioner's Song (Norman Mailer)
127
Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)
Hopscotch (Julio Cortázar)
128
The Sot-Weed Factor (John Barth)
The Sot-Weed Factor (John Barth)
129
The Third Policeman (Flann O'Brien)
The Third Policeman (Flann O'Brien)
130
Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
Invisible Cities (Italo Calvino)
131
The Pilgrim's Regress (C.S. Lewis)
The Pilgrim's Regress (C.S. Lewis)
132
Shadow & Claw (Gene Wolfe)
Shadow & Claw (Gene Wolfe)
133
Little Bee (Chris Cleave)
Little Bee (Chris Cleave)
134
Underworld (Don Delillo)
Underworld (Don Delillo)
135
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
136
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby Jr)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (Hubert Selby Jr)
137
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
Cryptonomicon (Neal Stephenson)
138
Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
Rabbit, Run (John Updike)
139
Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
Wise Blood (Flannery O'Connor)
140
Billy Budd, Sailor (Herman Melville)
Billy Budd, Sailor (Herman Melville)
141
A Void (Georges Perec)
A Void (Georges Perec)
142
The Game of Kings (Dorothy Dunnett)
The Game of Kings (Dorothy Dunnett)
143
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
A Passage to India (E.M. Forster)
144
Clarissa, Or, the History of a Young Lady (Samuel Richardson)
Clarissa, Or, the History of a Young Lady (Samuel Richardson)
145
The 120 Days of Sodom (Marquis De Sade)
The 120 Days of Sodom (Marquis De Sade)
146
Correction (Thomas Bernhard, Trans. Sophie Wilkins)
Correction (Thomas Bernhard, Trans. Sophie Wilkins)
147
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (Italo Calvino)
148
The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy)
The Forsyte Saga (John Galsworthy)
149
The Death of Virgil (Hermann Broch)
The Death of Virgil (Hermann Broch)
150
Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
Our Mutual Friend (Charles Dickens)
151
"...And Ladies of the Club" (Helen Hooven Santmyer)
"...And Ladies of the Club" (Helen Hooven Santmyer)
152
Time's Arrow (Martin Amis)
Time's Arrow (Martin Amis)
153
The Autumn of the Patriarch (Gabriel García Márquez)
The Autumn of the Patriarch (Gabriel García Márquez)
154
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
We (Yevgeny Zamyatin)
155
The Combinations (Louis Armand)
The Combinations (Louis Armand)
156
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
Gulliver's Travels (Jonathan Swift)
157
Eugene Onegin (Alexander Pushkin)
Eugene Onegin (Alexander Pushkin)
158
Light in August (William Faulkner)
Light in August (William Faulkner)
159
Demons (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
Demons (Fyodor Dostoevsky)
160
The Lover (Marguerite Duras, Trans. Barbara Bray)
The Lover (Marguerite Duras, Trans. Barbara Bray)
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