What are the most difficult books to read?
I want something that will really challenge me. I just finished this book and thought it was quite easy.
literally Shakespeare can challenge you if you read it intelligently
I mean you can even say that about an "easy" author like Dickens
looking for "hard to read" books just seems kind of dumb. there's a shitload of much better literature that's so much more meaningful to read and read well than some dumb 20th century "experimental" novels (formal experimentalism ended with Pound and Joyce, and everything afterwards in that "tradition" (((Joyce and Pound would have hated the experimentalism that came after, both of them would prefer Shakespeare to any of that other crap any day... Eliot would have actually preferred Shakespeare to his own poetry))) has been largely devoid of intellect)
Go buy a complete works of the bard, and read it. Stop wasting your time. If you really want "hard" then just go pick up philosophy to the point of Heidegger and Hegel and Kant and other hard to read philosophers you might actually get something out of.
It seems like you think saying Joyce would prefer Shakespeare over post-Joyce experimentalism is somehow insulting to anyone. It's not. Shakespeare is widely considered the greatest writer of all time. The only point in your post that holds any water is where you state that trying to read "hard books" is dumb.
>The only point in your post that holds any water is where you state that trying to read "hard books" is dumb.
It's also the only and entire point of my post
so, uh, my only point holds water then... thanks