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    Posted: 13-May-2006 at 01:29

What is the book you found most difficult to read?

For me it was the Richard Latimer translation of The Iliad. Basically it's 35,000 lines of prose, translated directly from Greek with no breaks. It took me several months to finish as the prose was very hard to absorb.

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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-May-2006 at 23:56
For me its the bibleEmbarrassed.  The style its written in; its hard for me to keep my concentration.
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  Quote Kalevipoeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27-May-2006 at 02:33
"The Sysiphos myth" by Camus. Quite an impossible read i must sayShocked
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  Quote Cezar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-May-2006 at 16:38
All Dostoyevksy's novels. Best thing to get one asleep. Lev is only second IMHO.
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  Quote Akolouthos Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-May-2006 at 16:42

Either the Bible, the Fathers, or modern philological interpretations of the Fathers. The reason it is difficult for me is that I believe the issues being discussed in these works are of the greatest importance, and so I must constantly read and re-read in my desire not to fall into error.

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  Quote Belisarius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-May-2006 at 20:26
Paradise Lost was a mind number for me. John Milton writes in an higher, divine form of English that I'll hopefully achieve one day.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09-Sep-2006 at 23:45
Originally posted by Cezar

All Dostoyevksy's novels. Best thing to get one asleep. Lev is only second IMHO.
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  Quote Dampier Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Sep-2006 at 18:34
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Paradise Lost was a mind number for me. John Milton writes in an higher, divine form of English that I'll hopefully achieve one day.
 
Thats actually one I loved, I found myself concentratign less on the story and more on his brilliant use of English.
 
The last hard book I read was "Mill on the Floss". Just too Victorian for me in that the social message was subtle as a brick and put across in a way that didnt appeal to me. Plus the ending is lazy.
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A French language Asterix comic. After a while i just gave up and guessed the story from the pictures.
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The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien, it's like the Bible but with less familiar characters.
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But slightly more feasible events.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Sep-2006 at 22:03
"The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien, it's like the Bible but with less familiar characters."  --JanusRook
That is actually a really good way of putting it.
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  Quote Desimir Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Sep-2006 at 12:30
I dont think that Silmarillion is a hard book.My number one is Dostoyevsky.
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  Quote Kalevipoeg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Sep-2006 at 20:13
Comeone, support my idea, that Camus is difficult.

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  Quote Dampier Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Sep-2006 at 06:21
Originally posted by Kalevipoeg

Comeone, support my idea, that Camus is difficult.

 
Nope, depressign yes but I found him easy-ish to read.
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  Quote vulkan02 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25-Sep-2006 at 13:40
Any shakespeare book is pretty difficult to understand without all the explanatory footnotes.
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