Oh, yeah, now that I remember, they do recommend nights going later into the evening...But I thought that was quite a bit of hyperbole, especially since I'm a fast reader. I'm sure that's the case at some points, but not the norm. Eventually, you simply run out of helpful things to do.
When I started school, 10 pp of a casebook was like 25-50 pp of a general humanities book in college (like, back when you had to read one book a week). Not quite as bad as Absalom, Absalom (10 pp of that in the same time as it took to read 100 pp of And The Band Played On, no *&^%), but legal reading takes f-ing forever. That said, I do think LSC overstates the case. But maybe I'm just not living up to my potential. Always a possibility.
Anything in Middle English or any non-Shakespeare Ren Drama, with the exception of Marlowe (who's awesome). I believe it took me approximately thirty hours to read Ben Jonson's "Volpone" and I still had no idea what was going on.Reading Faulkner is a skill, IMO. Some people are naturally good at sort of skimming his nonsense, or keeping up with the long sentences. I actually liked The Sound and the Fury after the first of four parts. Pretty much everyone else hated it.Also, As I Lay Dying FTW. My mother is a fish and all that.
While on the subject of older English literary works: Chaucer in the original Old English has to take the cake, IMHO.