My problem with Ulysses is the literary references. Joyce has such a wealth of knowledge of literatury and literary history and quotes from so many sources that I do not know, so I find it difficult to understand and appreciate a lot of the content. You would have to have read a lot of the reference works to truely appreciate a book like Ulysses and unfortunately I haven't. I have read Dubliners though and really enjoyed that. I'm afraid the closest I get to Ulysses is when I jog past Joyse's old school (Clongowes) every day.