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Product Details

  • Series: Tale Blazers
  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563127873
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563127878
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Groh TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
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I remember reading this in English class in high school and I never forgot it. Its message was clear and undeniable.

No wonder it made such an impact when it was first published in 1948 to a big uproar.

The moral of the story in my interpretation is that we should never just follow a ritual or tradition just because that's the way it's always been done. If we feel uneasy, if it goes against our morals and better judgement, there is no reason to just go along because it's "the way we do it." We need to take the time to review our lives, our rituals, our decisions and determine if there is a good effect from their outcome.

When I read Stephen King's The Long Walk, I immediately thought of The Lottery. Same kind of tradition with an unmistakable outcome.

I only wish this had been available as a Kindle version, as it was a little steep (in comparison to other books) to pay over $3 for a 30 page book.
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By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on October 12, 2014
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The Lottery is a short story by Shirley Jackson which caused quite an uproar when it was published in 1948. It's about an annual lottery held in a seemingly idyllic village, and readers don't find out the winner's prize until the end.

On the day of the drawing, the weather is gorgeous, and the townspeople happily gather in the square for the drawing, laughing and chatting amongst themselves. They talk about how this event has been a part of their village's history for as long as anyone can remember, and though surrounding towns are doing away with the lottery, this particular village doesn't want to mess with tradition.

This tale is short, but it packs quite a punch. It only took reading a couple of paragraphs before I got an ominous feeling about the whole thing, and the conclusion was nothing but disturbing. While a 21st century reader may or may not be as affected by the ending as the original audience, the underlying message of Jackson's story is just as relevant today as ever. The Lottery is definitely worth reading a time or two.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By katrina dawn miller on September 2, 2012
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Reminds me of, "The Twilight Zone."

Every year, a small town gathers together to perform a sacred ritual to ensure a good harvest. A box is passed around, and everyone picks a piece of paper. The person who grabs the paper with the coal mark on it is the "winner" of sorts. The end is not what you think. You'll be surprised, and horrified.

After I read this short story, I did some research on Google. A few "concerned" parents were upset that this story is recommended reading in high school English classes. Seriously! I think the story is brilliant. A must read for anyone. If you read it, you might just get the irony, and the lesson to be learned.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Hays on April 24, 2012
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I bought this book after watching an episode of SourceFed. They compared it to many other great books that I enjoy, so I felt that I must read this one too.

The story itself is really great. It is a thought-provoking classic.

This book in particular is meant to be used by middle or high school students. It seemed to me to be very good at guiding its reader, if that was what you were looking for.

However, at almost 4 dollars, the 20 pages of story are not worth it. I would try to get a collection of Jackson's work from the library or buy a collection of her works Amazon for around 10 dollars. You'll get a lot more story for your buck!
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By schoolmarm on April 6, 2015
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A short story with a surprise ending. Would have been shocking in 1947 when written.
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By rosemary on January 8, 2015
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interesting author
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