14 Nov 2012

The 10 most difficult books to finish?

Although it's always gratifying to see BSJ given publicity in the national media, it was puzzling to see what many regard as his greatest work, The Unfortunates, included in the Observer's recent "10 most difficult books to finish" list. One can only presume that the compiler, Robert McCrum, has never actually read the book and was judging it solely on the reputation earned through its unconventional form. What makes this such a compelling work (and indeed, most of BSJ's work) is the accessibility and emotional honesty of the prose, rather than the lack of binding or enforced chapter order. In summary, it's short and easy to read.

Link to the Observer list here.