Joyce that sly trickster:
I have a theory about Finnegans Wake...it must be a joke on mankind. Joyce is a fuckin' loon.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved Ulysses. It dragged on in some places, and made absolutely zero sense in others, but on a whole Joyce's stream of consciousness bit is great.
I've read Dubliners and Portrait. I love Dubliners. Joyce can write a mighty fine short story, and Portrait is great, in my opinion its a short Ulysses.
So - Read Ulysses, its a great book once you get in the flow and understanding of how Joyce writes. & read parts of Finnegans Wake, despite it being farce conspiracy on mankind.