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50 Incredibly Tough Books

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Flavorwire's 50 Incredibly Tough Books for Extreme Readers

  1. Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  2. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  3. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  5. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  6. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  7. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
  8. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  9. Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
  10. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
  11. In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu #1-7) by Marcel Proust
  12. Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
  13. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño
  14. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  15. The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  16. Underworld by Don DeLillo
  17. The Restored Finnegans Wake by James Joyce
  18. The Castle by Franz Kafka
  19. Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  20. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  21. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  22. Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
  23. The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
  24. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
  25. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
  26. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
  27. Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
  28. The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosiński
  29. Out by Natsuo Kirino
  30. JR by William Gaddis
  31. The Tunnel by William H. Gass
  32. Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
  33. Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady by Samuel Richardson
  34. The Collected Stories by Lydia Davis
  35. Tampa by Alissa Nutting
  36. Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  37. Cosmos Witold Gombrowicz
  38. Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
  39. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
  40. Coin Locker Babies by Ryū Murakami
  41. The Making of Americans by Gertrude Stein
  42. The Unfortunates by B.S. Johnson
  43. A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift
  44. Archipelag Gułag 1918-1956. Tom 1-3 by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  45. Alphabetical Africa by Walter Abish
  46. Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
  47. The Conservationist by Nadine Gordimer
  48. Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
  49. The Royal Family by William T. Vollmann
  50. The Demon by Hubert Selby Jr.

Well, this does not need to be taken very seriously. I read The Castle by Franz Kafka and enjoyed it very much.


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