How did I manage to do that?
http://mentalfloss.com/article/77726/12-tragicomic-facts-about-samuel-beckettIn the 1950s, Beckett lived in a hamlet in France and befriended a neighbor, Boris Roussimoff. Because Roussimoff’s 12-year-old son, André, had gigantism, the boy couldn’t get to school—he didn’t fit on the school bus or in the car. Because Beckett had a pickup truck, the writer gave André rides to school. The two chatted about cricket, and André later became a professional wrestler and actor (he's best known for playing Fezzik in The Princess Bride).
Do it. It's difficult and I freely admit that most of the jokes,references and symbolism went over my head, but I don't regret it. Hell, there's always Cliffs Notes. It's Joyce's sheer love of language and his firepower with imagery that cut through all the academic hoo-ha for me. And Molly's soliloquy at the end is just astonishing. I recommend approaching it like one long, meandering poem. If you try to tackle it like a novel, it can be frustrating, in my opinion.I'm about to attempt Ulysses.