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This week's question comes from Debbie Nance at Readerbuzz
What is the most difficult literary work you've ever read? What made it so difficult?
The most difficult literary works I've read were the entire book list for my Medieval Literature class at the University of Washington. Specifically, The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chauncer (1387-1400). The professor insisted we read the original Old English version. I think I was in tears after the first page. I really had no idea what I was reading and was desperately trying to make sense of it because I knew I'd have to write a paper. Eventually, I settled down and just went with it. It was painful, but amazingly I started to get the meaning of the words. Until that moment, I'd never struggled with a text and it taught me patience. After that Beowulf was a breeze!