The short story "An Encounter" by James Joyce belongs to the famous collection of this prominent Irish writer - "Dubliners".
The narrator is a boy who tells a story about games which children used to play, books which they have to read in school and those they want to read and so on.
The central part of the story is a meeting which boys have during their journey. They encounter a strange man who talks about things that children can't understand. As often takes place in James Joyce’s stories, the story can have many different interpretations which are good for discussion.
James Joyce’s vantage point of everyday life in Ireland during his childhood would be interesting for readers who want to know more about Irish culture.
Here is the link to the text of the story: