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The Lottery-perhaps the best short story ever written
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Posted April 4, 2006
While Shirley Jackson's prose is always readable, I often finished a story and wondered what happened to the ending. Many of her pieces are the slice-of-life variety, showing an event in someone's life, but not making it clear why I or anyone else should care about them. 'Dorothy and My grandmother and the Sailors,' is that kind of story, where a young girl and her friend have a minor encounter with sailors during a shopping trip. So minor that the story is really just a set of impressions of the day. I've never found stories like that particularly compelling, and Jackson hasn't changed my mind. Then there are other stories that dig in and show what makes people tick. In 'Flower Garden,' a lonely wife is thrilled to get a new neighbor and becomes close friends with her, until her friend ends up being too friendly with a local black family. As the racist town begins to turn on the woman and give her the silent treatment, the wife slowly turns on her as well, fearful of being an outcast even in a city where she had no friends to begin with. Unfortunately, stories like that are rare in this book. There are other good ones as well, some hilarious, like 'Charles,' and some scary, like 'The Lottery,' but most are random views of people's lives, like 'The Intoxicated,' that left me unsatisfied and untouched.
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Posted August 10, 2012
Not a collection of short horror stories
I purchased this book after reading great reviews on two other websites. I have now realized that the majority of those reviews were for one story found in this book, "The Lottery." While "The Lottery" is twisted, I found most of the other stories to be uninteresting. It was like hearing someone describe their day at the dinner table just to break the silence. The stories do not have any real endings making them feel pointless.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.