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Goodreads Most Difficult Novels: 2021 Update, Now Much Longer - Page 7

"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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Atonement (Ian McEwan)
Atonement (Ian McEwan)
242
The Human Stain (Philip Roth)
The Human Stain (Philip Roth)
243
Anathem (Neal Stephenson)
Anathem (Neal Stephenson)
244
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton)
245
Embassytown (China Miéville)
Embassytown (China Miéville)
246
The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
The Historian (Elizabeth Kostova)
247
The Confidence-Man (Herman Melville)
The Confidence-Man (Herman Melville)
248
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway)
249
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
Nightwood (Djuna Barnes)
250
Mulligan Stew (Gilbert Sorrentino)
Mulligan Stew (Gilbert Sorrentino)
251
See Under: Love (David Grossman, Trans. Betsy Rosenberg)
See Under: Love (David Grossman, Trans. Betsy Rosenberg)
252
People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
253
The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
The Mayor of Casterbridge (Thomas Hardy)
254
The House of Assignation (Alain Robbe-Grillet)
The House of Assignation (Alain Robbe-Grillet)
255
A Death in the Family (James Agee)
A Death in the Family (James Agee)
256
Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
Sister Carrie (Theodore Dreiser)
257
Gould's Book of Fish (Richard Flanagan)
Gould's Book of Fish (Richard Flanagan)
258
The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
The Soft Machine (William S. Burroughs)
259
The Green House (Mario Vargas Llosa)
The Green House (Mario Vargas Llosa)
260
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
Winesburg, Ohio (Sherwood Anderson)
261
Mao II (Don Delillo)
Mao II (Don Delillo)
262
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
263
The Urth of the New Sun (Gene Wolfe)
The Urth of the New Sun (Gene Wolfe)
264
Grimus (Salman Rushdie)
Grimus (Salman Rushdie)
265
The Book of Dave (Will Self)
The Book of Dave (Will Self)
266
Knowledge of Hell (António Lobo Antunes)
Knowledge of Hell (António Lobo Antunes)
267
The Fall (Albert Camus)
The Fall (Albert Camus)
268
Little Lovely Things (Maureen Joyce Connolly)
Little Lovely Things (Maureen Joyce Connolly)
269
The Double (José Saramago)
The Double (José Saramago)
270
Pincher Martin (William Golding)
Pincher Martin (William Golding)
271
Nedjma (Kateb Yacine)
Nedjma (Kateb Yacine)
272
Howards End (E.M. Forster)
Howards End (E.M. Forster)
273
Lanark (Alasdair Gray)
Lanark (Alasdair Gray)
274
Three Trapped Tigers (Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Trans. Suzanne Levine)
Three Trapped Tigers (Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Trans. Suzanne Levine)
275
The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall)
The Well of Loneliness (Radclyffe Hall)
276
Inferno and From an Occult Diary (August Strindberg)
Inferno and From an Occult Diary (August Strindberg)
277
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne)
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (Laurence Sterne)
278
Chronic City (Jonathan Lethem)
Chronic City (Jonathan Lethem)
279
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You (Frank Stanford)
The Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You (Frank Stanford)
280
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (David Foster Wallace)
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men (David Foster Wallace)
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