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10 most confusing books of all time
« on: February 19, 2021, 12:28:42 AM »
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 01:21:27 AM »
LOL. Alternatively "Ten most commonly studied books that people therefore google for help with assignments on".

Though I cannot deny that Catch-22, with the non-chronological style of telling, was significantly confusing. Don't get me started on James Joyce.

Gotta say, as I clicked on this thread, I assumed Harrow the Ninth was going to be on, or perhaps even inspiration for, the list. ;D

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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2021, 02:01:58 AM »
Honestly, Harrow wasn't confusing for long. It got obvious pretty quick what might be happening....and yet the book dragged the reveal like gum.
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2021, 03:47:32 AM »
LOL. Alternatively "Ten most commonly studied books that people therefore google for help with assignments on".
It definitely has to be this! I mean, Jane Eyre is on the list, what's confusing about that one? :o

I once brought Catch 22 from the library but never finished, it was just so boring...
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2021, 04:16:05 AM »
LOL. Alternatively "Ten most commonly studied books that people therefore google for help with assignments on".
It definitely has to be this! I mean, Jane Eyre is on the list, what's confusing about that one? :o

I once brought Catch 22 from the library but never finished, it was just so boring...
Animal Farm was the one that really threw me out.
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2021, 07:25:04 AM »
Animal Farm is confusing? I may have to reread it. I only ever read it for school when every detail was analysed and explained. But I was 12 and able to understand what was going on. Also, the fact that it's assigned in schools everywhere is probably why it gets searched a lot, which was part of how they did the ranking...

I've bought Ulysses and keep meaning to read it. I put it off because I expect it to be genuinely terrible, and I want to come in with a little less of that preconception. Maybe it's time to just go.

Catch-22 did confuse me, but then again I read it on my own initiative when I was 13 or so. I do go on classics stints, but it's such a mixed barrel. Some have withstood the test of time because they're masterpieces of storytelling that speak to humans regardless of when and where they are. Some just happened to be the first to do something different but have a terrible narrative and/or prose.

Harrow the Ninth I would say wasn't confusing as much as it was demanding. I think there's a big difference. Some books just require you to pay more attention. I'll only read or listen to those when I can give them my full attention.

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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2021, 09:25:39 AM »
Magnus, I think Elfy might be saying that he doesn't get why Animal Farm is on that list, instead...

I read that one in my mid-teens, I think, and although I bet that a lot of political references passed me by, I got the gist of the story well enough to allow me to enjoy the book and always remember the quote (I paraphrase) "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" ;D
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2021, 09:29:48 AM »
Sorry. I was commenting on the list, not on Elfy's post.

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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2021, 10:46:35 AM »
So The Silmarillion is not there. With its oh so similar names that keep you turning back a page or two to see if he is still talking about the same person. I would agree that the list looks like required reading and the articles' writer has made some assumptions based on researchers work that has a tiny sample size and of which we are told little.

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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2021, 11:03:03 AM »
So The Silmarillion is not there. With its oh so similar names that keep you turning back a page or two to see if he is still talking about the same person. I would agree that the list looks like required reading and the articles' writer has made some assumptions based on researchers work that has a tiny sample size and of which we are told little.
Oh gosh, that one, yes!
I think I read about 20 pages before giving up....
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2021, 11:49:50 AM »
So The Silmarillion is not there. With its oh so similar names that keep you turning back a page or two to see if he is still talking about the same person. I would agree that the list looks like required reading and the articles' writer has made some assumptions based on researchers work that has a tiny sample size and of which we are told little.
Oh gosh, that one, yes!
I think I read about 20 pages before giving up....
I gave up at a similar point. I did meet someone who managed to get through it, but only because they were on a long plane flight and had nothing else to do it.
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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2021, 06:29:51 PM »
So The Silmarillion is not there. With its oh so similar names that keep you turning back a page or two to see if he is still talking about the same person. I would agree that the list looks like required reading and the articles' writer has made some assumptions based on researchers work that has a tiny sample size and of which we are told little.

I remember being really annoyed about Thingol because his name reminded me so much of Smeagol. Then he left the narrative for a while, and just as I was starting to feel relief, Thingolfin showed up.

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Re: 10 most confusing books of all time
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2021, 03:16:58 AM »
I found that article to be far more confusing than any of those books