Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Books » Reviews » The Lottery and Other Stories » User review

Fabulous tales with a twist

  • Jan 16, 2002
I first read "The Lottery" in high school and it has stayed with me ever since. I bought this book for the title story, and it is the most powerful of the stories, though the others are also very entertaining. Hopefully it will also stay with you.

Ms Jackson is a phenomenally talented writer. You know immediately that there is something wrong with the simple village lottery, and the suspense and horror builds with every word. That this can be achieved in the space of a short story is amazing - we have a very lttle time before we are faced with the shocking truth.

"The Lottery" is the finest short story of its genre, and stands alone as one of the greatest stories ever written. Shirley Jackson is a master, and her novels "The Haunting of Hill House" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" are also engrossing reads. But "The Lottery"? Well, you will never forget the twist in the tale.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
More The Lottery and Other Stories reviews
review by . March 02, 1999
I first read "The Lottery" in high school and it has stuck with me ever since. The title story is by far the best in this volume, but leave it till last, as the anticipation of its ultimate arrival whilst reading the other stories was fabulous. As for the famous title story, you will never forget it - it is the ultimate short story, compact, deceivingly friendly and ultimately shocking. Enjoy!
About the reviewer
Lesley West ()
Ranked #386
Bibliomanic, Beatlemaniac
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this book


"The stories remind one of the elemental terrors of childhood."--James Hilton,Herald Tribune

"In her art, as in her life, Shirley Jackson was an absolute original. She listened to her own voice, kept her own counsel, isolated herself from all intellectual and literary currents . . . . She was unique."--Newsweek

Shirley Jackson'sThe Lotteryis a memorable and terrifying masterpiece, fueled by a tension that creeps up on you slowly without any clear indication of why. This is just a townful of people, after all, choosing their numbers for the annual lottery. What's there to be scared of? The ending is all the more stunning for the social commentary that comes like the slap of a hand and is gone. WhileThe Lotteryis probably the darkest story in this collection, the twist, the dig, and the unrelenting insights into human prejudices and frailties are present throughout. Prime targets are self-satisfied matrons, whose racism and elitism are glaringly exposed. Other tales are gentler yet often eerie: a single woman waits expectantly for the man she is to marry that morning, only to find he has disappeared as completely as if he had never existed; mild Emily Johnson faces down her kleptomaniac neighbor; Margaret's dream vacation in New York City begins to feel like a nightmare. Sometimes the stories are downright funny, including a hilarious description of working at Macy's, yet even in the humorous pieces, there is an unsettling feeling,...
view wiki


ISBN-10: 0374516812
ISBN-13: 978-0374516819
Author: Shirley Jackson
Genre: Short Stories
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Published: 1949
First to Review

© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since