Claire from Paperback Reader alerted me to the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson. She described herself as ‘feeling traumatised’ after reading it, so I was immediately intrigued and decided to track down a copy on the internet. If you’d like to do the same, then you can read the story here.
The Lottery was initially published in the New Yorker in 1948 under much criticism, and having read the story I can see why people were distressed.
The story takes place in a small village, where everyone knows everyone else, all are friendly and seem to enjoy the festive atmosphere as they gather in the village square for the lottery. Shirley Jackson builds the tension masterfully, as the short story heads towards it’s shocking end.
I was very impressed with the writing, and am now even more keen to get my hands on We have Always Lived in a Castle. I was interested to see that Molly from My Cozy Book Nook compared The Lottery to The Hunger Games, now she mentions it, there are many similarities, and I think anyone who has read the Hunger Games recently would be interested in comparing the two. I wonder if Suzanne Collins has read Lottery?
I’m not normally a fan of short stories, but will keep an eye out for this book, so I can read the rest of the collection.
Were you shocked by The Lottery?
Do you think The Hunger Games was based on this short story?