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What is the most difficult literary work you've ever read? What made it so difficult?
I've actually been thinking about this question for a few days now and I'm having a hard time deciding what angle to come at it from. Should I talk about a book that presented such difficulties that I never actual finished it? Because I have plenty of those (i.e. Anna Karenina and Lolita). Or, should I talk about a book whose difficulties I managed to overcome (i.e. Tess of the D'Urbervilles)? And what form of difficulties - narrative, comprehension, or personal issues with the subject?
So what's so confusing about Orlando? Maybe it's the fact that the main character lives for several centuries, or the fact that he becomes a she at some point? Or could it be Woolf's distinctive style which can be difficult to latch onto and to comprehend? I honestly don't remember much about the specific style of that novel, though Wikipedia claims that "it is generally considered one of Woolf's most accessible novels." Well screw you Wikipedia! Oh well… I've beaten it now. Now to vanquish The Waves...