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  • Title: The Lottery (and other stories)
  • Author: Shirley Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780948164750
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 demonsThe 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 Jackson s remarkable range from the hilarious to the truly horrible and power as a storyteller.
    The Lottery and other stories 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

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    1. Grace Paley once described the male female writer phenomenon to me by saying, Women have always done men the favor of reading their work, but the men have not returned the favor I do believe that Miss Jackson was making a very pointed comment about male readers I don t consciously think about reading a male or female writer, but I know that I do read male writers I went back and looked at the last thirty books I ve read 22 male writers 73%8 female writers 27%I wasn t expecting to find a 50 50 s [...]

    2. The one thing that really stands out about this collection of Shirley Jackson stories is this the subtlety.It s not over the top horror in any shape or fashion Rather, it s regular folk doing regular things and as we peel back layers and layers to their surroundings or their individual psyches, everything twists subtly The normal quickly becomes a twilight zone nightmare even if it s only a tiny little thing that s changed.A dog caught killing chickens shiver My goodness, that one killed me Dead [...]

    3. The Lottery is by far the best story in this collection, which made the process of reading all of the other stories a bit of a drag at times, but overall I enjoyed this A lot of Jackson s stories tackle big issues like racism and mental illness really effortlessly, and I loved that Plenty of them were also super dark and twisted but in Jackson s classic, understated and simple style, which made for a fun, creepy read at times I definitely prefer Shirley Jackson s novels, but this makes a great a [...]

    4. After reading all these seemingly disconnected tales of hush hush Terror, evidently some pattern arises This chain of stories is where I found the masterpiece existing at the very core of the Novel Never before has subtlety been so effective In a masterpiece of the macabre , a few corpses, ghosts, demons should make cameos, surely Nah ah Not true here.Shirley Jackson is also the author of The Haunting of Hill House, a haunted house tale that suggests rather than shows like all the good ole horro [...]

    5. My 1949 Avon paperback it originally sold for 35 cents seems to be pushing Shirley Jackson as H.P Lovecraft with ovaries The cover proclaims A study in nightmares by the most haunting writer of this generation It s even subtitled Adventures of the Demon Lover Anyone who s ever read that story knows the lover in that tale is scoundrel than demon Whatever it takes to sell books, I suppose.Jackson s characters do than throw stones at one another Their cutting, thoughtless remarks have the power t [...]

    6. Very rarely does one find a short story collection where all stories are above average Kudos to Ms Jackson for producing a collection where all are excellent, and some really outstanding I wonder whether it is possible to fall in love with a lady who passed away when one was scarcely two years old If so, I m in love with Shirley.The title story needs no introduction in fact, this is the one which first led me to Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House, which so far I ve not been able to r [...]

    7. Recently, I ve read a number of short stories with the intention of cutting down my huge reading pile and I ve been largely disappointed Particularly by common favourites like Edgar Allan Poe and his many famous horror tales I was surprised to find them rather lacking.The Lottery, however, is one of the best short stories I ve read It s very rare that I would give five stars to a short story because I reserve the top rating for meaty, well rounded, often complex and or clever novels, so a four s [...]

    8. Let us speak of the Lottery.Let us speak of the Lottery in such a way that the conversation here will age badly , because lo and behold another legality will indict those who destroy property and declare innocent those who destroy lives and render this specific commentary out of date Let us speak of a very US centric issue of race and murder and the hallowed halls of police brutality and of Justice founded on the single principle of the Lottery Let us speak of a time where the laws may have been [...]

    9. I The Intoxicated The Daemon Lover Like Mother Used To Make Trial By Combat The Villager My Life With R H MacyII The Witch The Renegade After You, My Dear Alphonse Charles Afternoon In Linen Flower Garden Dorothy And My Grandmother And The SailorsIII Colloquy Elizabeth A Fine Old Firm The Dummy Seven Types Of Ambiguity Come Dance With Me In IrelandIV Of Course Pillar Of Salt Men With Their Big Shoes The Tooth Got A Letter From Jimmy The LotteryV Epilogue

    10. 3.5 stars It s no secret that I love Shirley Jackson I have been known to engage reviewers about what I consider to be less than awesome ratings for The Haunting of Hill House and or We Have Always Lived in the Castle One of the things I m always honest about is books, and despite the fact that this book was written by Shirley, I wasn t crazy about it.I was aware going in that this was not a collection of horror tales, though certainly, some of them are horrific Even so, I didn t find a point to [...]

    11. My personal favourites of this collection The IntoxicatedLike Mother Used to MakeThe WitchCharlesFlower GardenSeven Types of AmbiguityCome Dance with Me in IrelandOf CourseMen with Their Big Shoesand of courseThe Lottery it still stuns Every one of the stories in this collection is well worth your time, but of course we all have our favourites Wonder what yours will be.

    12. Read this book for one reaction gasping whaaaaaat or perhaps whaaaaat punctuation varies after reading the final sentence of every story.Shirley Jackson is the indisputable master of the whaaaaaat Some stories end ambiguously, leaving you scrambling back through the pages searching for a clue or alternately racing to open Google to read others wise analyses Other stories end completely and absolutely unambiguously, leaving you to question not what actually happened but to wonder how such a terri [...]

    13. What do you call a person who can be in the middle of a party crowd and feel desperately lonely A person who wants a partner but floats somewhere even outside the Friend Zone with everyone Those who never fit in.ose who don t have a real life.ose who live in a fantasy world all their own.e outsiders who let themselves be used and abused by others What word symbolizes their lives Disenfranchised Socially inept Abnormal Invisible people Weird Weak Unusual Different Oh holy F.ere is nothing worse t [...]

    14. Well, who couldn t love this collection There may be some who, knowing The Lottery and Ms Jackson s reputation for that classic tale and a handful of other weird stories , and with no thanks to the packaging a literary sorceress proclaims the back, the most haunting writer of our time proclaims the front , come to this expecting it to be all strange and weird, if not actual horror And they would be disappointed, because the majority of the stories here are literary first and foremost, although M [...]

    15. January 2009I picked this up last year to read The Lottery, on that below and I was so impressed I couldn t justify reading the rest of the collection for free Scouted around for a few months, bought a nice copy, finally got around to reading it, and here we are.The Lottery and Other Stories is an unusual and slightly unsettling collection of stories Including the title story and twenty four others , many dealing with strange victories and defeats, wise children and stupid adults, normal people [...]

    16. 25 Demonic Stories , my arse I am so utterly disappointed I picked up this book because I expected it to contain a bunch of creepy short stories, as the subtitle suggests I was in the right mood for something slightly scary, but what I got was just a collection of short stories of almost normal everyday life Two little girls who get talked into believing that sailors on shore leave are bad guys not creepy A man who invites his neighbor over for dinner, and when another visitor appears, the neigh [...]

    17. I loved most of these stories but I love Jackson s style most of all A few tales in here left me wanting and had me turning back the pages for a reread but overall a stellar collection of strange tales My favourites were The Daemon LoverTrial by CombatMy Life With R.H MacyThe WitchThe RenegadeCharlesThe Flower GardenSeven Types of AmbiguityOf CoursePillar of SaltThe ToothGot a Letter from JimmyAnd, of course The LotteryI would highly recommend Jackson s short stories to anyone.

    18. What a great collection Some of my favorite short stories were Charles very cheeky and funny , Flower Garden great psychological piece about racism and prejudice , The Tooth very weird and surreal and obviously, The Lottery, which is such a classic that everyone should have read and that apparently inspired The Hunger Games Can t wait to read of Shirley Jackson s writing

    19. In Shirley Jackson s The Lottery, though the stoning reminds us of the Old Testament punishment, its original intent has long been forgotten We view with horror at the barbarity and insanity of the custom, just as we consider the Romans barbaric for entertaining themselves with gladiators But perhaps a visitor to the U.S without previous exposure may find American football, shoulders banging into heads and players piling on top of each other, also barbaric and insane Shirley JacksonWe do not que [...]

    20. Tales from an unknowable world The older I become the apparent is that one generation can t truly understand what life was like two generations prior We understand it in a vague historical sense, and from the inescapable things that bind humans, like eating and sleeping, but like Yoda might say, Grok it, you do not We can somewhat understand our parent s time from the memories of early childhood, but can we truly understand what it was like to only use an outhouse To trek outside in the snow in [...]

    21. I think this is the first time I gave a short story collection five stars, but damn, this collection was amazing My third Shirley Jackson after We Have Always Lived In The Castle and Let Me Yell You and she keeps impressing me Even though the stories are short, you feel like you know the characters you know how they think and act, you know their traits These are not your typical horror stories, with ghosts or murderous clowns, but stories about the scary sides of humankind while creeping unease [...]

    22. The Lottery is one of my favorite short stories It is so twisted, like The Crucible, I think it is a great commentary on how groups of people are infinitely dangerous than individuals because mass hysteria, dogmatic thinking, and a lack of personal responsibility prevents anyone from speaking out against atrocities.

    23. Please note that I gave this book 3.5 stars, however, I rounded it up to 4 stars on.Although I liked this collection of short stories, I am not going to lie, I was pretty disappointed that they were not horror stories And I am even puzzled at people claiming these are Gothic stories too.Some of the stories I think danced towards that genre, and others were firmly not at all I think if you ignore that aspect of the book and just focused on the stories you can see a pattern emerging though The fir [...]

    24. I found it really hard to rate this collection of short stories I thought some of the stories were great, some were good, and some were a bit dull My favourites were the ones that poked fun at the hypocrisy of social norms and etiquette, especially those with children who gleefully refused to play along.

    25. Review in English below.Rese a en espa ol en el blog Click aqu Atenci n la rese a contiene lenguaje sumamente grosero y otras muestras de ira por parte del autor, se sugiere que los menores de edad la lean en compa a de un adulto responsable 1 nominado al Premio Stephenie Meyer de 2016 Shirley Jackson va por la revancha este a o.That s it I m done reading Shirley Jackson I can t understand how her stories have such a high praise from other horrors authors, clearly I must be missing something bec [...]

    26. Many people have spoken on the chilling qualities of Shirley Jackson s work Myself, I just don t see it I ll confess to being predisposed away from short stories I find their brevity unsatisfying Even taking that into account, however, I didn t find The Lottery And Other Stories to be very entertaining Some of the stories might have grabbed me if they were expanded, giving me time to bond with the characters and come to care what happened to them As it stands, the book struck me as being like a [...]

    27. Shirley Jackson gives readers glimpses into the exceptional aspects of ordinary lives and events Her unusual style runs consistently through 25 stories in this 300 page book, stories ranging from four to 22 pages each Though sometimes categorized under horror, this collection contains little of that genre The exception is The Lottery, ten pages that anticipate Stephen King But people focus too much on it Far and away, the stories involve a moment an instant of realization during the ordinary cou [...]

    28. Shirley Jackson is my favorite author I love her short stories in particular, where she creates scenarios where everything might seem cozy and normal and very laid back for about 2 minutes Then she moves over into mankind s sneakier nature, which for the suthor is either a very amusing thing or a very frigtening thing And always a surprise I liked the short story The Lottery a lot, but my favorites in this collection are Like My Mother Used to Make and Trial by Combat She honored reality with a [...]

    29. An absolutely fantastic collection of 25 psychologically thrilling short stories that will leave you wondering and pondering for days after Brilliant collection by a brilliant writer

    30. I actually didn t read all the stories,I ran out of time But I read most of them Lottery was the star of this collection It might ve been a mistake to read it first,because after that the other stories just didn t feel like much That doesn t mean they weren t good though Lottery is just such a powerful story,the others couldn t quite compare to it I love Jackson s writing I think I d enjoy reading her shopping list The stories didn t have a theme,like I kinda expected them to have After Lottery, [...]

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