Although best known for the experimental Finnegans Wake and the intimidating Ulysses, Joyce is also famous for his collection of short stories. They are far more accessible than his novels and probably a better place to start.

With , Dubliners, Joyce wanted to betray the “…paralysis which many consider a city” and that theme is consistent with each story. In Araby, a boy struggles with his own shyness which disrupt and delay his pursuit of a girl. With the degree of religious reference, you could also argue the boy is confused between his beliefs, the pressures from the church and his own feelings.

The Dead is the most famous story from the collection, but it is also the longest, at over 15,000 words.