Not many of these made it into our book suggester conversation, besides Thomas Hardy, I think.
Not too long ago someone discarded a copy of Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid under the bridge. It was not thick enough to use as a pillow, but it was big enough to make my forearms ache from holding it up to read by candlelight.
That book kicked my butt. I’m not mathy, and although I had read the Alice books enough times to know what he was referring to at times, I had to flip through the book and look for things that I could actually understand. If the book is a puzzle, as I’ve heard it described, I don’t have the picture on the box.
I’ve read Foucault’s Pendulum, Ulysses, and am one of the few people I know that actually got through Gravity’s Rainbow.
I have been thwarted more than once by Kant’s stupid (I lash out when I feel stupid) Critique of Pure Reason and I still can’t get through more than one page of Finnegan’s Wake.
So I put the question to you:
What are the hardest books you have got through, was it worth it, and which ones haven’t you been able to finish?