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The Lottery
The Lottery | Shirley Jackson
A seemingly ordinary village participates in a yearly lottery to determine a sacrificial victim.
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IamIamIam
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Jackson was so intuitive about life and how sometimes things go sideways and people just don't know what to do. Colloquy, an extremely short story in The Lottery, starts off vaguely with a woman asking a doctor how you know if you're going crazy. This is so perfect for these strange days we live in.

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IamIamIam
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I love how well Shirley Jackson weaves the mundane sense of daily life into her stories. This is literally my every morning!!

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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 279.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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The villagers cheeriness misled me and had me hoping for a more happy outcome (despite the author being Shirley Jackson). I wish she had included more of a backstory, ie what is the purpose of the lottery?

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Unfortunately the description of this short story ruined it for me. I was surprised that the description would plainly tell the ending. In a time when so many dystopias are popular, especially Hunger Games, this story was not that shocking even if it had not been completely spoiled for me. I see how it would have been received differently by readers in 1948.

LeahBergen And that cover is pretty spoilerish, too! 😆 7mo
CogsOfEncouragement @LeahBergen Yeah! You are right! Between the audible cover and the Litsy description does anyone have a chance to be surprised? So not okay. 7mo
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breng_pbs
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Favorite short story of straight up all time

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SerenaCrawford
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Not what I expected —I thought the lottery would be for something positive.

Lcsmcat This was the first Jackson I ever read. I was maybe 10. It is not one you ever forget! 9mo
Soubhiville @Lcsmcat so true! I read this in maybe jr high and it really stays with you! Jackson creeps into the brain and really digs those claws in! 9mo
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Reviewsbylola
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Anyone else participating in #RIPXVI? I haven‘t participated in recent years, but it was a favorite challenge of mine when I had an active book blog. I first joined in for RIPIV in 2009! The five titles I read for the challenge that year were The House of the Seven Gables, Twilight, Her Fearful Symmetry, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, and One Foot Wrong. This year I‘ve accumulated quite a stack to choose from.

Ruthiella I‘m going to try and participate this year in the blogosphere. But the books will all come from the library, so I‘m not sure what I‘ll be able to access just yet. 13mo
Beachesnbooks definitely participating! i love this challenge 13mo
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Anna40
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Shirley Jackson is brilliant. She lulls you in with her descriptions of small town idyll and then smacks you over the head with her brutal reality. Imagery, metaphors, dialogues - everything is brilliant. Highly recommend

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Reading Shirley Jackson for the first time in high school was a pivotal moment for me. “The Lottery” changed me forever. 14mo
Cathythoughts She really is a genius 👍🏻❤️ 14mo
Anna40 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Cathythoughts I found her by chance browsing in the library, had never heard of her before. Flower Garden is perhaps my favorite in that collection, better than The Lottery. 14mo
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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 35

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HappilyEverKrafter
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I‘m hosting a discussion on Shirley Jackson‘s “The Lottery” today at www.theannakraft.com! Love to have you join us!

#themidnightsociety

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HappilyEverKrafter
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We‘re reading and discussing spooky stories during the month of October at www.theannakraft.com! This week‘s story is “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson!

#TheMidnightSociety

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Anyone else seen this yet? Whatd you think?

kyraleseberg For me, it was good but not great. It left out much of what I loved about the book. 2y
rather_be_reading @kyraleseberg I didnt read the book, but I agree the show was not great. 2y
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KimM
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Wow. Really good. #hulu

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living.dead.ghoul.writes
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“Am I walking toward something I should be running away from?“
Shirley Jackson (1916-1965)
Her fiction marries the ordinary with the supernatural and often speaks to inhumanities people endure. Her most famous story on the subject, “The Lottery“, was written after rural Vermont residents painted a swastika on her house (her husband was Jewish).

#womenshistorymonth #womeninliterature #thelottery #shirleyjackson #family

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RiaWritten
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Here are the books I got at the library today. You may notice there are more than the 11 I referenced earlier. That's because three holds came in today as well. Yikes.

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alisiakae
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I really wish I hadn‘t seen a spoiler ahead of reading this short story! So I won‘t say much, other than it is a deeply unsettling tale about human nature, and blindly following along.

A definite pick! I love Shirley Jackson.

#screamathon
#pop19 : see someone reading on TV or in a movie (The Haunting of Hill House Netflix show)

KatieDid927 I first read this story as part of an English exam in 10th grade which is ... not the best context to first read this story. Having to read it and assess it in a tight time frame when I was 15 years old was somewhat traumatic. 3y
alisiakae @KatieDid927 Wow! Definitely not the right context for that story! Btw, tracking shows your #basicwitchswap package is out for delivery, so you should receive it tonight! 3y
KatieDid927 @4thhouseontheleft Yay, thanks! And agreed. The story should definitely be taught but ... not in that context. 3y
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TsundokuAleax
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Didn't take a picture but @Nevermore88 your box is on the way! This is a picture of the box we used for our production of this show. We were surprised at how many people did not know at least one or both plays (The Monkey's Paw). #basicwitchswap @Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain

Nevermore88 Thank you ! 3y
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Brithomas17
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Thought I would do some reading of Shirley Jackson‘s works since we are reading her book “The Haunting of Hill House”.

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NormaJean0601
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Really enjoy shirley Jackson's work and the lottery really blew my mind. She really had me fooled that the lottery was something good.

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 3y
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HeathHof
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Having a lot of fun already with #authoramonth. I don't think I would have ever revisited Shirley Jackson otherwise! I got this little shorty in the mail and vaguely remember reading it in school but re-reading it has left me with so many questions. Who ARE these people and what kind of world do they live in that needs the lottery? Looking forward to reading more of her works in the near future.

Soubhiville I‘m assuming you meant to post this as a review? I logged it 💚 3y
HeathHof Hi @Soubhiville I didn't post it under review because it's such a little shorty like 20 pages. So I wasn't counting it. 3y
Soubhiville Ah, ok, so it‘s not the short story collection. Cool. 3y
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Samplergal
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Shirley Jackson and I share a birthday. Two more prompts to go. #MayMadness #24B4Monday. Finish #5. Of course this wasn‘t planned! 😂😂😂

Andrew65 Well Done. 👏👏👏 3y
IamIamIam I had to return this before getting to the last few stories but I loved the ones I did read!!! Super dark & creepy!!! 3y
BeansPage You're almost there with the scavenger hunt girl!!!! 😍 3y
Clwojick Woohoo! You‘re so close! 🙌🏻🥳 3y
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EmilieGR
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The creepiest short shortest

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Since it‘s so short, I feel like anything I say about it will be a spoiler, and I think it‘s probably best to read this knowing as little as possible going in, so I‘ll just say that it‘s great, and if you haven‘t read it before, you totally should. 👍🏽

#catsoflitsy #Ember

EleniKara I love this short story so much! Read it a couple of times through my education and just, incredible and shocking 💕💕 4y
MaGoose I read it a few times during my education. Will have to read it again soon as I've forgotten it. 4y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk If you are at all a Gilmore Girls fan you MUST read The Lottery in Stars Hollow! https://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/the-lottery-in-stars-hollow (edited) 4y
Tamra You are right, can‘t say anything except read it! 4y
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Jerdencon
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1. I will be trick or treating with my son
2. Black cats
3. Read - I can't watch anything scary!
4. Everyone is tagged
#tuesdaytidbits @JenlovesJT47

JenlovesJT47 🖤🧡🖤 4y
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Krisjericho
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Disturbing and well-crafted and really, pretty twisted. Well done, Shirley Jackson. I can‘t believe this was written in 1948. And anyone who tries to tell me that Suzanne Collins didn‘t take a bit of inspiration from this when she wrote The Hunger Games can shut their damn mouth ‘cause I ain‘t listening.

kgriffith In that vein, have you read 4y
Krisjericho @kgriffith I haven‘t! It‘s a movie, too, right?! I‘ll have to try it. 4y
kgriffith @Krisjericho It is, though I‘ve not seen it. I read The Hunger Games not long after Battle Royale and it made me not really care for THG, but I appreciated it on its own much more on a second read later. 4y
Jinjer Battle Royale is soooooo goooood. Movie was good too but book was better. 4y
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KristinaRay
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#bannedbooks

Just finished this short story. I see why it has left such an impact.

KristinaRay I definitely wonder if this inspired The Hunger Games. 4y
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elizabethlk
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If you read the Lottery, be sure to let us know what you thought. You can read our full review of this classic short story in the link. #BannedBooksWeek #litereads https://thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com/2018/09/29/lite-reads-review-the-...

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elizabethlk
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This story has been banned and challenged many times over the years, and even caused the author and publisher to receive hate mail when it was first released. It is also widely loved and studied as a classic. Why do you think it inspires two such drastically different reaction so often (and for so long)? #litereads #BannedBooksWeek

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elizabethlk
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Do you think about the characters in this story differently than you would in other stories? Does the tense mood or macabre ending impact the way you feel about the characters throughout? #litereads #BannedBooksWeek

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rachelk
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I decided to read something for banned book week so I googled a list and saw that I‘m already reading three! Anyone else reading a banned book?

* ‘Things Fall Apart‘ was banned in Malaysia and Nigeria, challenged in the U.S.

#BannedBooksWeek #bannedbooks

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elizabethlk
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Shirley Jackson sets the mood amazingly well in this short story. What do you think of the way she used that mood to build from the subtle opening to the wild ending? #litereads #BannedBooksWeek

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elizabethlk
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Check out our brand new #LiteReads selection for #BannedBooksWeek with links to read (visual or audio) on our blog.
https://thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com/2018/09/23/lite-reads-selection-t...

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huntersmom1977
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Oh how exciting!! @Mommamanzi I will be updating my TBR ASAP 🤗😊

@JoScho for the tag 😊

Mommamanzi Ahhh what a great tbr list, unfortunately I have nothing off of it for you. 😩 I‘m sorry. 4y
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ToriE18
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Just finished reading this for the first time in my College English class.

It was great odd short story!

#weird #shortstory #dark

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BookFreakOut
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I have read this a few times, but I was excited to see it on my #FreakyFriday list from @FantasyChick! Lovers of creepy stories, unite! Read this over my lunch break so I could get a tally mark on the imaginary board. 😬

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Melkyl
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I just finished another reread this evening. I haven‘t read this one since high school. My students will be doing it, so I need to be ready to discuss. This one is so good. I know they will love it.

Rachbb3 This one always creeped me out! 5y
JaclynW My friend who teaches high school English in Brooklyn was just recommending this to me! He reads it with his students too. Obviously I need to get on this! I've never read it. 😲 5y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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First up...

TheAnitaAlvarez Shirley Jackson is so good, hope you enjoy her short stories 5y
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BeezleMcfly
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I delight in what I fear. #horror #shirleyjackson #fear

RadicalReader @BeezleMcfly makes Hunger Games seem like a walk in the park lol 5y
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MidnightBookGirl
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This awesome pillow case came in my #NocturnalBox yesterday and the Hubs bought me a pillow to put inside. Loving it! He owed me though, because he totally took the Night's Watch beanie from the box and claimed it as his own.

parasolofdoom I was so excited to get this, she's one of my favorite authors! 5y
Clare-Dragonfly Oh wow! I want this pillowcase! 5y
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purebugbeauty72
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maximoffs This short story is my all time favorite 5y
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Velvetsun
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One book down. Hopefully the rest of my #24hourreadathon selections are more enjoyable. Next up, this short story!
#deweysreadathon #readathon
@DeweysReadathon

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McFarchie
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This a wonderfully written short story 🤘🏽

kspenmoll Yes! 5y
JacqMac This one gave me nightmares. Not that that‘s a bad thing. lol 5y
Readerann This stayed with me more than anything else I read in high school! 5y
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Gina
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OK then, words from the 50s...

stargazerblue49 This is actually a word that is still used in medicine today. Ever hear of a ganglion cyst? Old time treatment was to smack it with a Bible! 😬 5y
Gina @stargazerblue49 oh neat. Thanks! This book I am showing is a 1949 copy and I it stopped me in my tracks when I saw that word. 5y
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Gina
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Because it isn't Halloween unless your ganglions are tingling.... WHAHAHAHAHA

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Gina
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October 1st has arrived and I am so excited to pull out my vintage Shirley Jackson books! Bring on the cool weather, colorful leaves and thick soft sweaters!

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bookloo
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Woah. This scared me.

kendrastephaniekaryn I love this story! I teach it alongside The Hunger Games and students love it! 5y
bookloo @kendrastephaniekaryn Mob violence comparisons?! I love it. 😍 5y
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BarbaraBB
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Finally making my way to Shirley Jackson. This is a short one, but lovely scary! Picture: Kurashiki, Japan

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