What are the best hardest books to read according to The Guardian?

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    #1The Faerie Queene

    The Faerie Queene
    The Faerie Queene is a class fantasy epic poetry written by Edmund Spenser in 1950, edited by Thomas P. Roche and C. Patrick O'Donnell. With over 1,000 pages, this book was published in 1978 by Penguin Classic.

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    Carl Gray
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This book's user review score is not as high as I might want in a biography of this sort. The product listing page does not make any specific reference to The Guardian, or their classification of it, so I do not know if this is truly fitting for my search, but it seems that it could potentially fit the bill."
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    #2Phenomenology of Spirit

    Phenomenology of Spirit
    Phenomenology of Spirit is a nonfiction classic philosophical book written by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and translated by A.V. Miller. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 1976 by Oxford University Press.

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    Judy Schneider
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "When reading about philosophy, the reader has to understand workings of the mind, which might be difficult to those who are not analytical or scientific or have a hard time following along with abstract yet biological ideas and facts. This text is rather lengthy, which might cause the reader to lose interest."
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    #3The Making of Americans

    The Making of Americans

    The Making of Americans is a classic book written by Gertrude Stein. This book is first published in 1925 by Dalkey Archive Press. 


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    Jessica Carroll
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Now this book was one that my teacher made me read in high school. I hated it at first because it was so difficult to read but just least year I re-read it and found it absolutely delightful. "
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    #4A Tale of a Tub

    A Tale of a Tub

    A Tale of a Tub: The Battle of the Books – The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit is written by Jonathan Swift and edited by Frank H. Ellis. Published in 2007 by Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der.

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    Yu Gu
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Author: Frank H. Ellis was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1916. He was educated at Northwestern "
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    #5Women and Men

    Women and Men

    Women and Men is a contemporary fiction book written by Joseph McElroy. With over 1,000 pages, this book was published in 1993 by Dalkey Archive Press.

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    Sharon Russell
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "While Women and Men may have made it onto a list at The Guardian, ultimately I found Finnegans Wake by James Joyce to be a much harder book to read and likely ranks higher on Guardian difficulty lists. Joyce's use of often baffling text and obscure words makes it a much more difficult read in my opinion."
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    #6To the Lighthouse

    To the Lighthouse
    To the Lighthouse is an award-winning novel written by renowned literary icon Virginia Woolf. It was first released in 1927 and won the Northcliffe and Femina Vie Heureuse prizes. Since then, it was translated into many languages. 

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    Diya Bhatnagar
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "Virginia Woolf is a fantastic author who knows how to paint a vivid picture and write well-rounded female characters with a great deal of personal agency. However, I found this to be one of her weaker books. The plot was thin, and many of the characters were difficult to root for or sympathize with."
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    #7Finnegans Wake

    Finnegans Wake

    Finnegans Wake is written by an Irish author James Joyce. This book was originally published in 1939, and it is the final work of the author. This book is also considered as one of the most difficult fiction books in the English Language.


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    Ofelia Esquivel
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I am not sure why anyone would want to read this book, it is really hard, and I guess you just have to be really smart to even understand what is being said, I guess it is fine for the super intelligent but that would not include me."
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    #8Critique of Pure Reason

    Critique of Pure Reason

    Critique of Pure Reason a classic philosophy book written by Immanuel Kant, with Paul Guyer and Allen W. Wood as editors. With over 700 pages, this book was published in 1999 by Cambridge University Press

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    #9Being and Time

    Being and Time

    "Being and time" is one of the most important philosophy novels of our time. This novel by Martin Heidegger makes a central question: "What is the meaning of being?", challenged the intellectual map of today's occidental modernity. 


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    Catherine Jackson
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "What is being? Are we here to accept or are we here to improve and continuously do so. I think that we need to understand acceptance as well as change in order to continue to thrive, or what is the point. "
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    Nightwood is an LGBT fiction written by Djuna Barnes, with T.S. Eliot as a contributor. First published in 1936., this book is published in 1988 by New Directions Publishing Corporation and among the titles of Dalkey Archive Press.


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    Brittany Simmons
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was looking for the best hardest books to read according to The Guardian and this book was absolutely perfect. I couldn't put it down and have been suggesting it to everybody."


Best What are the best hardest books to read according to The Guardian
1The Faerie QueeneBooks 22 Paid
2Phenomenology of SpiritBooks 18 Paid
3The Making of Americans Books 16 Paid
4A Tale of a TubBooks 14 Paid
5Women and MenBooks 13 Paid
6To the LighthouseBooks 8 Paid
7Finnegans WakeBooks 6 Paid
8Critique of Pure ReasonBooks 6 Paid
9Being and TimeBooks 4 Paid
10NightwoodBooks 1 Paid

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