Book Review – The Lottery by Shirley Jackson – DID NOT FINISH

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The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson


The Lottery, one of the most terrifying stories written in this century, created a sensation when it was first published in The New Yorker. “Power and haunting,” and “nights of unrest” were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson’s lifetime, unites “The Lottery:” with twenty-four equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate Jackson’s remarkable range–from the hilarious to the truly horrible–and power as a storyteller.


I saw this as the book for the Six Degrees Of Separation book meme and thought that I would give it a go. I found it on the library app Libby where I reserved it, then when it became available I put it off myself as I had so many other books to read. Finally I got round to reading it. 

I started off reading the other stories, but didn’t really get on with them. They were very short and they ended abruptly with no point to them. As the reader I was left hanging and wondering what on earth I had just read about. After 2 weeks of struggling through these random stories I decided to find the actual story of The Lottery and read that. It was the same as the others. It was short, abrupt and I had no idea what was going on. 

I took the difficult decision to not finish it and return it to the library. I had accomplished reading The Lottery and some of the other stories so that was something! 

Overall a very disappointing read and one that I wouldn’t recommend.


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3 thoughts on “Book Review – The Lottery by Shirley Jackson – DID NOT FINISH

    1. Emily Jane Post author

      Yeah. I just didn’t understand what was going on! I got the end of the story and had no idea what the point of it was. Oh! I’m Kent County Council. Each Council does differ. I asked once if I could have access to other County Libraries and they said no.


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