What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?
This week’s question reminds me of a high school English class back in the day. The teacher decided the class would read a Hemingway novel and the divided us up into groups based on what she took as our reading level. A lot of the class got to read Old Man and the Sea while I and one other person got to real A Farewell to Arms. Needless to say, it was a bit of a challenge, but one I enjoyed.
I’m not sure I’d say it was the most challenging book I’ve read. That would probably go to A Light in August by William Faulkner. Again, it was a high school English teacher assigning a book to challenge me. Faulkner’s use of language was masterful, but the book required more than most bubble-gum type of novels I was reading at the time (and still do).
Since I’ve matriculated, I’ve challenged myself from time to time with reading material. Or it’s challenged me a times. I tried to plow through Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norville a few years ago and found it a dreadful book. I gave up and have never regretted not finishing it. How it won the Hugo is beyond me….