When in doubt, put it to the t-test.
I have had Ulysses on my bookshelf for decades, never finished. Congratulations for wading through it. Was it enjoyable? Was it understandable with the assistance of Cliff Notes? Similarly, there is a A Skeleton Key to Finnegan's Wake. But who needs all that when we have the song, as done by Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem? Maybe I'll need to get rip-roaringly drunk to wade through these Joycean works. Reading at an Irish wake, as it were.