Just finished Joyces Portrait
Is it bad to say I honestly thought Dubliners was better then this novel, it was good but I found that sometimes I'd get lost in the constant consciousness ramblings.
Onto Ulysses right?
yes dubliners is better
portrait is overrated because the people who tend to frequent this board sees something of himself in stephen, and the relatability/feels aspect bumps up their consideration of the book
portrait is joyce's worst book (which, mind you, still places it somewhere in the top ~250 books of all time)
Dubliners was better, yes. Portrait is ultimately a product of extreme self-consciousness in all the worst ways and it shows. Joyce is at his best when he doesn't give a fuck what anyone thinks and just does whatever he wants. Which is why Finnegans Wake is his best book by far.
Ulysses is a masterpiece. Though brace yourself if you had problems with the stream of consciousness in Portrait because Ulysses uses it a lot too, and often in much more confusing ways.