The Lottery and Other Stories

The Lottery and Other Stories

Book - 1991
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The Lottery , one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker . "Power and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery:" with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jack son's remarkable range--from the hilarious to the truly horrible--and power as a storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Noonday Press : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1991
ISBN: 9780374516819
0374516812
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 21 cm

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HujeBohoc
May 04, 2018

This has been called "horror" fiction, but I think it is a misleading description. The stories in this excellent collection rather convey a sense of impending doom, or uneasiness. What I felt reading these stories is similar to what I feel when I watch a David Lynch movie.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 21, 2018

When I grow up, I want to be like Shirley Jackson and write chilling short stories that haunt students for years.

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julia_sedai
Jul 27, 2015

I read this to see what Shirley Jackson's other stories are like. I read "The Lottery" in high school, so I only skimmed it this time. Even though I knew the ending, I felt the same shock. The other stories are not as horrible, but they leave you with a bad feeling most of the time. There is a running theme throughout the book of James Harris, also known as the daemon lover. I didn't really catch it until later on when I noticed there was an extraordinary amount of characters with the last name Harris. I like how it ties most of the stories together. Jackson amazes me because she is so clever. I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates good writing and doesn't mind stories with unhappy endings.

crankylibrarian Nov 01, 2011

This collection includes Jackson's most famous horror tale. depicting pitiless violence and superstition an outwardly idyllic small town. Her ability to evoke terror from seemingly ordinary circumstances is unparallelled.

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annekim9
Apr 30, 2008

Most shocking and disturbing ending I have ever read.

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