Heart of Darkness.
I guess you could say something similar of the Bible, it's more a historical/legal/religious document than a story.
The Bible, incidentally, is absolutely unreadable. The first 5 pages of Genesis are a story and the rest is just a train wreck, narratively speaking.
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs takes the cake for me. It was an extremely tough read, but well worth the effort. I would recommend it to anyone.
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The Country of the Pointed Firs: I could follow it but I wanted to claw my own face off I was so bored. I don't recall almost anything about it other than I would read passages several times over and still wind up daydreaming about something else.
I don't think I was as mature a higher-thinking reader as I could have been at 15 (I do recall not really understanding the satire of A Modest Proposal at the time, which I love now). I'd like to think I could find something to appreciate in TCotPF now but since all that remains of my previous attempt is a slight lurch of the stomach whenever I recall, I can't bring myself to try.
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All Quiet on the Western Front was really boring. Often times while reading it Skelington would fall asleep.
This is probably gonna amaze some people here but "Lord of the rings" bought all 3 books, I never managed to get past first half of the first book. It is literally THE only book i have had to ever give up on, I even tried to do it a second time a few years after the first attempt starting fresh on the book again, but had to throw in the towel at around the same chapter. Good thing they made the movies a few years later.
Has to be the first 1,5 books of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, (by Stephen Donaldson), for me, I remember reading it in my late teens/early 20's, and I remember that once I got past those pages it became a great series. I've tried 2-3 times now to re-read the first ones due to the last triology, (which I haven't read yet), but for some reason I always end up putting it away.
Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim by Conrad.
It was just.. so hard to get through and they had such dense dialogue/narration.
the bible, didn't get past the first page cuz it was all in small annoying paragraphs
"There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will tell you what the enemy is going to do. No one but the enemy will ever teach you how to destroy and conquer. Only the enemy shows you where you are weak. Only the enemy tells you where he is strong. And the rules of the game are what you can do to him and what you can stop him from doing to you." -Mazer Rackham - Ender's Game Orson Scott Card
Silmarillion.. after 2 and a half hours of audiobook (100ish pages) i couldnt stand it anymore.
and ernst hemmingway - Goodbye to arms... (school project thingy zzz)...
none of them were difficult but they were dreadfully boring..
hmm a difficult book i actually finished whould be Dan simmons - The terror. Slow pace and to much chapters about ppls memories from be4 the journey..
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