Classic Novels, Ranked in Order of How Easy They Are to Study



Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! is another one of those books that is not just confusing—it’s confusing ON PURPOSE. There’s a story in there somewhere, but it’s buried beneath conflicting narratives, baffling chronology, and page-long sentences. The one thing that can be said of it is that everything will soon become clear. If you power through, you’ll be rewarded. If you give up, well, that’s fine too, I suppose. Just know you’re missing out on sentences like THIS bewildering jumble of words and commas:

“He was a barracks filled with stubborn back-looking ghosts still recovering, even forty-three years afterward, from the fever which had cured the disease, waking from the fever without even knowing that it had been the fever itself which they had fought against and not the sickness, looking with stubborn recalcitrance backward beyond the fever and into the disease with actual regret, weak from the fever yet free of the disease and not even aware that the freedom was that of impotence.”

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