Since this week has been pretty slow--and things aren't looking up unless I can write some posts this weekend--I thought today would be a perfect day to participate in the Literary Blog Hop hosted by The Blue Bookcase. The hop is open to blogs that primarily feature book reviews of literary fiction, classic literature, and general literary discussion. A small note that I don't feel I need to discuss further--I do not agree with the exclusionary definition The Blue Bookcase provides for "literary". /endrant
Today's topic comes from Debbie Nance from Readerbuzz (who I met last month at the Texas Book Festival!). She asks:
What is the most difficult literary work you've ever read? What made it so difficult?
I've always kind of prided myself on enjoying a good challenge when it comes to reading. Sure I like the mindless stuff as well, but I need to be mentally stimulated and reading is one of the avenues I choose to acheive this. There have been several books I've read that are pretty difficult, but I think you guys probably know my answer...
Brothers Karamazov. Hands down. I just posted my review last week in which I admitted I just didn't really get the book. Do I need to explain why? Take a look at Dostoevsky's outlining for Brothers Karamazov below.
|Dostoevsky's scrawlings (from wikipedia)|
Other books that come to mind are Zorba the Greek, Middlemarch, and Les Miserables. Zorba because I never really understood what was going on--the writing was beautiful but...Greek. Ha! Middlemarch because of the length as well as some life timing as well as not fully understanding the social climate in which the book was written (political things). Les Miserables sheerly because of the length and some passages that were incredibly long and dry. I ended up really liking Middlemarch and loving Les Miserables. Wish I could say the same for Zorba and Brothers K!
What's the most difficult book you've ever read?