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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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17,969 members, 268 reviews
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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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13,975 members, 209 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)
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26,017 members, 407 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)
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13,433 members, 167 reviews
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21,273 members, 346 reviews
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booksaplenty1949 (2): Long, but otherwise not notably demanding.

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9,216 members, 87 reviews
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6,353 members, 107 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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25,625 members, 197 reviews
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4.02 stars (4.02 stars)
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337 members, 1 review
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10,983 members, 288 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)
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5,001 members, 137 reviews
4.03 stars (4.03 stars)
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2,891 members, 43 reviews
4.27 stars (4.27 stars)
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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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725 members, 11 reviews
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688 members, 11 reviews
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Started by: lorannen (November 2013)

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