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The Lottery and Other Stories Free read í PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ê 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 appearEnty four eually unusual stories Together they demonstrate Jackson's remarkable range from the hilarious to the truly horrible and power as a storyteller. Very rarely does one find a short story collection where all stories are above average Kudos to Ms Jackson for producing a collection where all are excellent and some really outstanding I wonder whether it is possible to fall in love with a lady who passed away when one was scarcely two years old If so I'm in love with ShirleyThe title story needs no introduction in fact this is the one which first led me to Shirley Jackson and The Haunting of Hill House which so far I've not been able to read It must be one of the most discussed stories in American literature You can find my review hereHowever The Lottery is an exception in this collection none of the other stories are actual shockers though the suggestion of violence in some of them is really disturbing In The Renegade various methods to cure a dog of her chicken killing tendencies are discussed some of them right out of a medieval torturer's manual In The Witch a casual story told to a boy by a stranger takes an ugly turn Always the humdrum suddenly metamorphoses into the bizarre never uite letting go of strong undercurrent of black humourShirley never lets us forget that behind the mask of civilisation the caveman is still very much present even though the mask is removed fully only in The Lottery However it leads to a permanent undercurrent of tension which would be unbearable had it also not been so humorous People are always at loggerheads arms akimbo ready to draw and shoot though they never actually do We can see this tension among social situations most palpably in Trial by Combat Afternoon in Linen Like Mother Used to Make Men with Their Big Shoes and The Intoxicated and also in stories where the antagonism is not so evident In some stories this results in the total emotional domination of one human being by another leading to virtual slavery Like Mother Used to Make Men with Their Big Shoes Perhaps not surprisingly children in Ms Jackson's fictional universe take it in their stride In Kerala we have a movement called Pennezhuthu Woman writing It is coined by feminists to indicate the deconstructed language they use to subvert traditional masculine bias in literature I have never been able to understand what they mean by this but it cannot be denied that talented women bring a certain individual touch to language themes and narrative Shirley's female protagonists lost in the labyrinthine city jungles are a case in pointIn Pillar of Salt New York becomes a virtual trap for a country woman who is reduced to a wreck who cannot cross the street by the end of the tale In Flower Garden the younger Mrs Winning of Vermont Manor House becomes a prisoner of her own snobbish values In Elizabeth a lonely woman stuck in a stagnating business dreams of a demon lover in a sunlit garden and waits for him In the The Tooth a woman in the grip of a bad tooth has a dreamlike bus trip with a mysterious strangerBut it is in The Daemon Lover that this mysterious male a representation of the female animus perhaps is taken to its logical extreme view spoilerA woman on the search for her lover who has stood her up on her wedding morning runs him to earth in an apartment where he is apparently holed up However all her efforts to smoke him out are vainShe knew there was someone inside the other apartment because she was sure she could hear low voices and sometimes laughter She came back many times every day for the first week She came on her way to work in the mornings;in the evenings on her way to dinner alone but no matter how often or how firmly she knocked no one ever came to the door hide spoiler

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Ng and nights of unrest were typical reader responses This collection the only one to appear during Shirley Jackson's lifetime unites The Lottery with tw. I am not persuaded any of these ualify as horror Good enough stories readable lukewarm writing not much BEWARE of SPOILERS AHEADThere's this story about some weird guy telling a young neurotical kid with an even younger sister gruesome tales about his own hypothetical sister The mother chases him away There's a story about a woman running around looking for her fiance and asking a bunch of random geezers about him It's painstakingly described how she's over 30 and how it's disadvantageing her to no end and how difficult it is to look presentable at this ripe old age eyeroll We get a view of her 2 pocketbooks dilemma 2 dress dilemma all kinds of dillemas of this kind We even get a view of her fantasy of how she would talk to the police trying to explain to them that she has a right to a fiance because she's not just this shabby bodyface at her ripe old age of 30 eyeroll but that there's also something beneath the surface that makes her worthy of this great honour eyerollThere's another story about a dancer become secretary who tries to buy secondhand furniture and pretends for a bit she's the one selling it to another customer The Lottery of course So the winner gets stoned by their neighbours young kids included once per year Another story is about a girl talking to a grownup about the approaching end of the world the said grownup gets his panties in a twist about it Yet another story is about Laurie telling stories about Charlie I hope I'm not mistaken about the names L goes to a kindergarten and comes home regaling everyone with stories about a wilder kid in there C These stories 'become an institution' with the family who start calling anything wild or unfortunate or nasty 'a Charlie' Then after ages they learn that there's no Charlie and that it was likelymaybe L doing all the acting up and then referring to himself in the 3d person and another name Taudry Maybe I liked this one for its weirdness but then again it's not too unusual a situation And not a horror definitely Kids and grownups have been known to do far horrible stuff than misbehaving in a kindergarten and then trying to make up an alter egoAnother one is about marines and a whole flock of females of a family who think marines are dirty or deranged or are gonna jump them all on sight or something And yes it's boring Another story is about an Afroamerican kid invited to dinner to a White family and the mother of the family being very obtuse about his life circumstances She's very determined to have her foot in her mouse for the duration of the story And she succeeds in that with flying colours Actually all over there are lots of women portrayed in here who are shown how they are over 30 and how it's difficult to be over 30 compared to being over 20 All these women live either for men or for kids or for something just behind the horizon They don't do things just for themselves And it's all damn tiresome and it might have been a social horror or writing horror or bored out of my mind horror but not horror horror I hope the author was trying to achive some kind of social satire or irony and was illustrating all this shit for the purpose of showing the reader just how bothersome these attitudes can get Or else these stories would be worthless altogetherAnd bothersome this whole stuff is Seriously men meeting such women how did they not manage to run really fast away so as not to immediately become the center of someone else's universe Is it even pleasant for anyone when the people's worlds are so very much skewed I wouldn't want to be in any society where any social group is obliged to revolve around the interest of any other social group I think both would be incredibly boring Mind it these stories might have been ground breaking in their time including the miracle of a woman no A WOMAN putting her pen to paper and getting some results recognisable as writing but at this time today these are of a jaw breaking from yawning kind Mildly interesting Only mildly

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The Lottery and Other StoriesThe 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 haunti. People are never uite what they seem are they There are loads of oddities secrets turmoil prejudices obsessions hysteria and perhaps even evil lurking just below the surface I don’t think anyone understood this better than Shirley Jackson I’d even go so far as to say Shirley Jackson didn’t have much faith in humanity She exposes all of us and our shortcomings in one way or another in this haunting collection of twenty five short stories One character from the story titled “Elizabeth” sets out for a day at the office “Funny thing she thought a clerk in a drugstore he gets up in the morning and eats and walks around and writes a play just like it was real just like the rest of us like me”I have a suspicion Jackson is telling us that we are all a part of some grand deception as we go about our own days Not one of us could have fooled herIf you are seeking typical ‘horror’ stories you might want to give this a pass You may be disappointed Jackson doesn’t write ‘horror’ like other writers Instead she tells disturbing and weird tales; ones that will make your skin crawl just the same But don’t expect to be hiding under the covers and jumping at the slightest tap on the window or creak in the floorboard Do expect to look at your partner your neighbor your friend your dentist your florist your hair stylist and the guy sitting next to you on the subway and wonder what is actually going on in the darkest recesses of their minds When they speak are they really conveying what they truly mean Are you yourself becoming slightly unhinged by thinking about it overly much Perhaps you won’t even recognize yourself any longer “Then she realized that at the wash basin she was in the way of the women in a hurry so she dried her face uickly It was when she stepped a little aside to let someone else get to the basin and stood up and glanced into the mirror that she realized with a slight stinging shock that she had no idea which face was hers”There are an abundance of stories in this collection and naturally some are better than others There are several that I forgot by the next day and others that will stay with me for a long time creeping into my head at unexpected and unwelcome moments I’m a poor sleeper and always have been I toss and turn and am prone to freuent vivid and bizarre dreams Some thankfully not all are nightmarish in uality As I read these stories I couldn’t help but think that many of them had this surreal unnerving uality to them – almost as if I was recalling some long ago deeply buried dream But I believe that was Jackson’s gift Her uniue storytelling abilities and her keen penetration of the depths of our psyches force you to sense a recognition or remembrance of something that has already happened or could come to pass when you least expect it Nothing is ever as it appears Take a peek underneath and what you see will leave you wishing someone would just pinch you and wake you up from this hell “Things will be different afterward Everything that makes the world like it is now will be gone We’ll have new rules and new ways of living”