If on a winter’s night a traveler is tough. Salman Rushdie said so. In my search for some guidance about the book, I stumbled upon the website Shmoop. The site’s tagline is “We speak student.” Shmoop has character lists, quizes, and analysis–like many other sites. What I had not seen before was a Tough-O-Meter: a calculator of literary difficulty. Shmoop states:
We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)
I loved it! I was uncertain about its usefulness, but, boy was it entertaining. I looked up several WEM novels and either gloated or dispaired about my literary “toughness”.
In case you were wondering, If on a winter’s night a traveler scores an eight.
PS–Shmoop also has a steaminess rating. Consider yourself warned; our next book, Song of Solomon, is rated R.