The Lottery

The Lottery

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" is 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 lotter...

Title:The Lottery
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781563127878
Format Type:

    The Lottery Reviews

  • BlackOxford

    Science Imitating ArtJackson’s story was published in 1948. At the time, and since, it has been praised as insightful and criticised as obscure. But almost 20 years later, the French philosopher, Re...

  • Lola

    I read this for my English class at CEGEP and started a required essay on it. It seriously made me think of The Hunger Games at first, but now I'm more focused on another message: how blindly people i...

  • Jaline

    This short story is my second classic short story this year and was first published in 1948, yet the story it told is timeless. It is also horrific.The story begins in a happy, cheerful day late in Ju...

  • Lyn

    A classic of stoic, gothic horror yet with a twist that leaves the reader thinking. Like any great short story, this demonstrates the power of that medium by brutal efficiency. Subtle, but the Lottery...

  • Elizabeth Sagan

    OK, so when I chose to read this story I knew it was going to be 1984 level. I expected something twisted and sick. But I was surprised by how twisted and sick it really was. I’m not going to talk a...

  • Cecily

    A short story with a nasty sting, that leaves you questioning human nature. I also note now that this is review #666! Like Ursula Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas (which I reviewed HER...

  • Kevin Ansbro

    This seemingly innocuous short story wafted into my consciousness with a halcyon, pastoral scene: an English village on a summer's day, suffused with the scent of blossoming flowers and fresh-cut gras...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Lottery, Shirley JacksonThe Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson written mere months before its first publication, in the June 26, 1948 issue of The NewYorker. The story describes a fictional s...

  • Sheri

    A short and suspenseful cautionary tale demonstrating that observing traditions is not always a pleasant and favorable affair. Not as shocking as some modern day literary offerings, but it packs a lot...

  • Tammy Walton Grant

    How do you rate something that keeps you from sleeping?I know that I thought it was brilliantly done; Jackson set the tone so well. She paints a bright, cheerful picture to start. It's a beautiful sun...