Booking Through Thursday is a meme created at the blog of the same name that poses a different question about reading each week.
This week’s questions is: What’s the hardest/most challenging book you’ve ever read? Was it worth the effort? Did you read it by choice or was it an assignment/obligation?
As a law student, I’m no stranger to difficult reading. But as far as fictional works go, I’ve simply never been able to fathom Shakespeare’s writing. While many can quote entire passages as commentary to whatever life throws at them, I can barely decipher a sentence with my sanity intact. I fully appreciate the beauty and complexity of his talent, but it might as well be another language to me. I’ve attempted both for assignments and for my own edification, but I’ve not been able to master his language.