Occasionally I encounter sentences or whole paragraphs that make me shake my head a little. These are passages which I would expect the average reader to have difficultly digesting: run-on monstrosities, bludgeoning via thesaurus, or simply so many different references as to cause mental overload. Let me present the latest:
“After reaching Jackson on the thirteenth, Johnston went to the Bowman House hotel where he received a report from Gregg. Gregg told him Pemberton’s location and then commented, erroneously, about Sherman being at Clinton with four divisions.”
–Vicksburg: The Campaign That Opened The Mississippi by Michael Ballard (p. 274)
Eight mentions of seven different named people or places in the span of two sentences.