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Freeeque would be pleased to know you are reading it. We did talk about a group read some time ago. Freeque and Beelzebubba also put together the Legacy library for Gaddis on LT. Looking through Gaddis library to get a sense of his reading might help identify some of his references.
I think the definition and criteria for "hard to read" are very subjective and dependent on the reader and environment a lot. I personally don't mind not understanding everything I read. Though some books demand more concentration than others, and concentration is not always easy to attain in our world.
I enjoyed the first chapter of Ulysses immensely, but it did get more difficult after that. Maybe something similar will happen to you with this book, but I do hope you keep enjoying it. Let us know!
I already have seen that. I'm stiil awaiting befuddlement. from what I have seen, I think my long string of especially Central and South American authors has trained me to read...and Recognitions is older than I am...
I'm currently bogged down with Thus Spoke Zarathustra, but I'll get to The Recognitions, one of these decades.
BTW, thanks for the guidance, Murr.