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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer - Page 5

"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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Germinal (Émile Zola)
Germinal (Émile Zola)
162
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
163
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
The Turn of the Screw (Henry James)
164
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (Doris Lessing)
Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (Doris Lessing)
165
Snow (Orhan Pamuk)
Snow (Orhan Pamuk)
166
Sometimes a Great Notion (Ken Kesey)
Sometimes a Great Notion (Ken Kesey)
167
Money (Martin Amis)
Money (Martin Amis)
168
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)
169
The Iliad (Homer)
The Iliad (Homer)
170
A Fable (William Faulkner)
A Fable (William Faulkner)
171
The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
172
The Odyssey (Homer)
The Odyssey (Homer)
173
Shadow of the Torturer (Gene Wolfe)
Shadow of the Torturer (Gene Wolfe)
174
Vineland (Thomas Pynchon)
Vineland (Thomas Pynchon)
175
Codex Obscura (Kane X. Faucher)
Codex Obscura (Kane X. Faucher)
176
The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
The French Lieutenant's Woman (John Fowles)
177
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (Dave Eggers)
178
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Henry Fielding)
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling (Henry Fielding)
179
The Island of the Day Before (Umberto Eco)
The Island of the Day Before (Umberto Eco)
180
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel)
181
Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
Angle of Repose (Wallace Stegner)
182
Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
183
The Obscene Bird of Night (Jose Donoso)
The Obscene Bird of Night (Jose Donoso)
184
The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)
185
American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
American Pastoral (Philip Roth)
186
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
Neuromancer (William Gibson)
187
Jerusalem (Alan Moore)
Jerusalem (Alan Moore)
188
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
189
Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)
Anansi Boys (Neil Gaiman)
190
Only Revolutions (Mark Z. Danielewski)
Only Revolutions (Mark Z. Danielewski)
191
Something Happened (Joseph Heller)
Something Happened (Joseph Heller)
192
Hawaii (James A. Michener)
Hawaii (James A. Michener)
193
Sword and Citadel (Gene Wolfe)
Sword and Citadel (Gene Wolfe)
194
The Return of the Native (Thomas Hardy)
The Return of the Native (Thomas Hardy)
195
The Voyage Out (Virginia Woolf)
The Voyage Out (Virginia Woolf)
196
Pedro Páramo (Juan Rulfo)
Pedro Páramo (Juan Rulfo)
197
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)
198
Life: A User's Manual (Georges Perec, Trans. David Bellos)
Life: A User's Manual (Georges Perec, Trans. David Bellos)
199
Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
200
The Winter King (Bernard Cornwell)
The Winter King (Bernard Cornwell)
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