If this is your first visit, be sure to
check out the FAQ by clicking the
link above. You may have to register
before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages,
select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.
Just finished a book by James Frey called A Million Little Pieces. It's an autobiography about a guy going through rehab. Sounds a bit depressing, but it's so well written and honest, it's well worth a go. I was drawn to it by a Bret Easton Ellis thumbs up on the front, and it's proved spot on. I can recommend you guys check it out.
I can't see how American Psycho fits on that list. Sure, it's 'tough' in that it's written in a mind-numbingly tedious style, but it could hardly be accused of being challenging in a 'literary' way? Could it? Or did I miss something?
Have you read the comments written by the guy who did the list ?
This is apropos of Blood Meridian as well: as straightforward a chronological narrative as one could hope for, but there are a couple of moments in it that, I'm sorry I'm such a wimp, but I just have to kinda glide over as opposed to read them. And, as a critic once wrote of it, it's "not a novel for the squeamish--least of all the philosophically-squeamish." Difficulty can be measured in terms of more than one scale.
I also concur with Mr. Syzygy's assessment of Infinite Jest. I think it's its physical bulk that's truly daunting more than anything textual we find inside it.
Seeing not one but TWO Gaddis novels on the list makes me think that an appropriate addition to the list would beJoseph McElroy's novel Women and Men. Yet another on my I've-Started-But-Not-Finished-It List. Beautiful, complex prose--and a damned big book besides.