This weeks question is "What's the most difficult literary work you've ever read? What made it so difficult?"
I am trying to remember something recent. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, was a terribly difficult one for me. I just couldn't get into the language and the way it was written. After trying twice to read it i decided to listen to it on audiobook on a trip home to Louisiana. I finally got through it but didn't like it at all. The characters are just awful people. I can't even remember the names but the narrator's friend just made me so angry over and over again. women are treated so poorly and the book just seems like a great testimony against drinking.
The books i find difficult do seem to be about people i can't stand. i never finished Trainspotting because of that; I was fine with the dialect but stopped reading because i just didn't care what happened to anyone. I found American Psycho hard to get through for that reason when i read it years ago. I also was reading it when i lived with my parents after i graduated college and didn't want my younger brother (who was only 10) to accidentally pick it up. just way too much for a kid's mind i think.
I don't mind thick, dense books, just ones with awful people doing awful things to each other.