The Lottery, and Other Stories Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A powerful collection of short stories by Shirley Jackson.
"The Lottery," one of the most terrifying stories of the twentieth century, created a sensation when it was first published in the New Yorker. "Powerful and haunting," and "nights of unrest" were typical reader responses. This collection, the only one to appear during Jackson's lifetime, unites "The Lottery" with 24 equally unusual stories. Together they demonstrate her remarkable range - from the hilarious to the truly horrible - and power as a storyteller.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 34 minutes|
|Narrator||Cassandra Campbell, Gabrielle de Cuir, Kathe Mazur, Stefan Rudnicki|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 28, 2014|
|Publisher||Skyboat Media, Inc.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #117,267 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#723 in Fiction Short Stories
#731 in Literature Anthologies
#3,542 in Classic Literature (Audible Books & Originals)
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But, as for the stories themselves, I was surprisingly disappointed. I'm a huge fan of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. And I first was read "The Lottery" in Junior High School and it was an unforgettable experience, certainly one of the best short stories in the English language. Of Jackson's other short stories, "The Summer People" (not in this collection) is also a classic. This collection does feature the oft-anthologized "Charles" -- which is quite good in a much less horrific manner. But as for the other stories in the collection, they become tiring, especially when taken one after the other. The lead characters are a collection of timid men and (mostly) women who are either afraid of just about everything or almost totally incapable of asserting themselves. Reading about Jackson's own struggles and phobias, this makes more sense, but it doesn't make it all that much fun or all that interesting. The stories are also dated in a way that many older short stories aren't. The settings are well done, but the attitudes and subject matter place these stories in a time that seems centuries removed from our own day. This is not to say that the subject matter of many of these stories, whether it be the stereotyped women's roles of the mid-20th century or the prevalent racism of that time, aren't still around to a larger extent than we like to admit, but rather that Jackson's treatment of them holds no surprises. There is good observation here, but no hint that anything can or will change. The nadir of the book for me was when a wife on vacation with her husband in New York City finds herself unable to even cross the street. Light change after light change is described in excruciating detail. It was all too much. But it's over now. Thank God.
This collection includes the unforgettable story The Lottery” that appeared for the first time in 1948 in The New Yorker and was included in collections of great short stories since then, many times. A movie was made that is very loosely based on the tale in 1996 and can be seen for free on the internet.