Originally Posted by Polaris
Joyce is completely nuts, especially in Ulysses and Finnegan's Wake. Haven't finished either one of those, unfortunately. Am thinking of tackling Dubliners first, as it seems like a more normal book.
If you want to have even the slightest clue about what is going on in Ulysses, I think this Teaching Company course is your best bet. My local library has a copy. It really did help me a lot.
Proust is tough to stick with as he remembers this and that and describes it in such interesting detail. Nothing really much "happens" though. It's just not your normal novel. You really have to commit to living in "Proust's world" when you sit down to read. Certainly takes an interesting mind to write like that.