All I've read from Joyce is Dubliners, actually. I do have plans to tackle his other work, but just never seem to be feeling that ambitious. Haha. You reading it?
Nah I've just become really interested in him in the past couple of months. My teacher said he once took a class on just Joyce (one week dedicated to Dubliners
, three for Portrait
..., and the rest of the semester was dedicated to Ulysses
) but his professor said that he would need to have one-on-one classes in order to properly discuss Finnegans Wake haha, and my teacher admitted that he's never even been able to finish it, and he's a huge Shakespeare/Chaucer fan. Through some arrogant reasoning I figured it couldn't be that
difficult so once when I was at B&N I went looking for it just to check out what it was like. I couldn't find a proper copy of it at my Barnes & Noble but I found a book with excerpts of it and my god, it was like a completely different language haha
It's in a much more "simple" writing style than his other works (though it's still great), so you'll probably be able to blow through it pretty quickly. "Eveline" is my personal favorite.
And I'm pretty sure it's usually argued that the narrators of the first three stories of Dubliners (all told in 1st person, from the perspective of young boys) are all supposed to be Stephen Dedalus