Sure enough, I found the same parts annoying in the films. By the end of the last one I was sick of that constipated look on Elijah Wood's face and Sam's Oh, Master Frodo.
I don't hate you. I'm just not necessarily excited about your existence.
The Silmarillion by far and away the most difficult and boring to read.
Sunset Song - Lewis Grassic Gibbon 1st year English class. This book put me off reading so much that I never actually read a book, cover to cover, on my own until I was 15 (4 years later) ^^
Of Mice and Men. Probably because my english teacher tried to read into too much.
But by christ was it boring. I couldn't throw the book away fast enough
The book that I remember hating and being bored reading from school days was Robinson Crusoe. Weird, because I like that whole adventure-lost-on-an-island concept, but I guess having to read it for a book report spoiled it.
Recently, Finnegan's Wake. Not boring, exactly; reading it is actually kind of fun, once you detach yourself from trying to figure out what's going on. But definitely difficult.
Golden Bough - Jsmes Frazer. Not only is it fairly inaccurate, it is intellectual snobbery which has influenced many other writers who are difficult to read.
Probably sounds like harsh, but for me? Lord of the Rings.
15-20 pages of fucking poems, songs, random crap only to get 1-4 pages of "Oh wow, this is amazing!" then back to the boring parts again. Amazing books, don't get me wrong, but working through them was bloody hard work I found.
I would say Heart of Darkness. Hated that book, but I had to read it for school.
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Lolita - I had to put a lot more effort into getting through it than any other book I've read, I'd go through about 5 pages and think to myself 'what did I just read?' and then start over, I think for me it was the random insertions of french that I did not understand nor did it explain so it would cause me to lose my reading flow.
Currently reading Catch 22, it is good but it doesn't hold my attention for that long so I find myself reading it in short bursts.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes.
All the SH books in one big ass book. In the original late 1800s - early 1900s century british English. (thats late 1900s early 20th century for you Amerifags)
That was hard. Still don't know how much money "a sovereign" is.
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Am I the only one that hated Great Expectations. Maybe it was because I was 15 at the time, but my god.
As for me:
Most difficult: The Canterbury Tales, given that I also had to translate them.
Most boring: I think i've a good eye for books, because none of what i've read is particularly boring; save perhaps, for Lord of the Flies.
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956
I hated Shakespear though... I have a large vocabulary, read voraciously, and am not uncomfortable reading obscure / archaic words, but so much of the text seemed lost upon me like the "jokes" that would have made sense at the time, often sound like gibberish in todays english, as context has shifted both in language and time. So a lot of things had to be explained or read in footnotes to get the most out of it. That, and I'm not a big lover of theatre anyway i have to say.
the bible followed by lord of the flies, barely made it through either
I read a book by R.A. Salvatore once, I can't think of anything more boring or difficult to force myself to finish.