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The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


The first collection of Jackson's that I have read, having only previously encountered "The Lottery", of course. The stories didn't quite live up to my expectations having only read two of her novels I expected stories that were rather strange or eerie but it didn't deliver on that score until the last five stories or so, by placing "The Lottery" last. The writing was well done and I'll continue to read the author's other work but some stories did feel cryptic with endings that I just didn't 'get'.

1. The Intoxicated - A drunken man at a party stumbles into the kitchen where he meets the teenage daughter of the house having a cup of coffee. He joins her and she proceeds to gleefully tell him of the upcoming end of the world as we know it. Very short and abrupt. (3/5)

2. The Daemon Lover - Deliciously creepy and suspenseful. Starting off ordinarily enough with a …

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