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50 Tough Books for Extreme Readers

Description: From the Flavorwire post: "...for those of you who count yourself tough, here’s a list of books for you: some absurdly long, some notoriously difficult, some with intense or upsetting subject matter but blindingly brilliant prose, some packed into formations that require extra effort or mind expansion, and some that fit into none of those categories, but are definitely for tough girls (or guys) only. This list is limited to works of fiction, so straightforward philosophy is out, and a single book per author, so you’ll see Finnegans Wake (obviously) but not Ulysses. Don’t worry, the Ulysses is implied." http://flavorwire.com/423424/50-incredibly-tough-books-for-extreme-readers

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17,846 members, 268 reviews
3.57 stars (3.57 stars)

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booksaplenty1949 (1): We studied this in high school, for heaven's sake. Serious, but hardly in the "extreme" category.

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13,880 members, 208 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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25,801 members, 402 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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13,339 members, 166 reviews
3.97 stars (3.97 stars)
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21,144 members, 344 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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booksaplenty1949 (2): Long, but otherwise not notably demanding.

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3.86 stars (3.86 stars)
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9,187 members, 88 reviews
3.53 stars (3.53 stars)
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6,367 members, 105 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)

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Gregorio_Roth (2): This book really takes my whole attention... I have read it three times and never finished it. I think it is fabulous though.

booksaplenty1949 (3): Very clever, but very readable, I thought.

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25,477 members, 196 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)
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9,960 members, 189 reviews
4.26 stars (4.26 stars)
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6,351 members, 66 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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3,542 members, 78 reviews
4.21 stars (4.21 stars)
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332 members, 1 review
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)
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10,894 members, 287 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)
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4,975 members, 136 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)
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2,875 members, 43 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)
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2,327 members, 41 reviews
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1,795 members, 38 reviews
3.92 stars (3.92 stars)
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17,573 members, 160 reviews
4.08 stars (4.08 stars)

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67 members, 0 reviews
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Gregorio_Roth (1): Man that sounds interesting enough...

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booksaplenty1949 (4): This translation would add an unnecessary layer of difficulty. BTW, part of this work appears again as #39. Doesn't that violate the rules?

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901 members, 23 reviews
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

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764 members, 17 reviews
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719 members, 11 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

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679 members, 11 reviews
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632 members, 7 reviews
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Started by: lorannen (November 2013)

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