Book Story Review for the Short Story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson.
Summary: “[This] is a short story by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 26, 1948, issue of The New Yorker. Written the same month it was published, it is ranked today as “one of the most famous short stories in the history of American literature.”
Age: Adult; Genres: Suspense, Fiction; Settings: Contemporary; USA, Vermont – Fictional Village; Other Categories: Short Story, Vintage.
I’ve never ready anything by this author before, but I’m guessing that our hostess for #6Degrees of Separation picked this because it is supposed to be a horror story and well… October… Halloween… right? I see that Jackson wrote the novel “We Have Always Lived in the Castle” which I’ve heard about, but not being a huge fan of suspense or thriller works, I’ve never read it.
Now, up until now, I’ve never done any homework for #6Degrees of Separation. But when I saw that I could get a copy of this tiny story online, I figured why not, right? It is listed as only being 8 pages long, and I finished it in two very short sittings.
As far as short stories go, this one was good. The writing style started out fairly light handed, and then moved onto being a bit darker as the story progressed. It also had some nice suspense leading up to the ending. However, I’m afraid I didn’t feel like there was much in this story to make me feel any emotional connection to any of the essential characters – especially for the person who “wins” this particular lottery. It is a good read, and a very quick one, but overall… it was just okay for me. I’ll give it two and a half stars out of five, and recommend it but only if you can find an online site to read it like I did.