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The Tooth by Shirley Jackson
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Jul 27, 2015

really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories, fiction, horror, on-the-bookshelf
Read from July 17 to 18, 2011

The short stories contained in the Penguin Mini Modern Classics Collection entitled The Tooth, highlights Shirley Jackson's masterful ability to uncover the dark and sinister subtexts in the seemingly ordinary aspects of life. I found three stories particularly disturbing; 'The Tooth', which highlights how reality can be distorted in times of stress or pain; 'The Witch', which was chilling in its simplicity and 'The Lottery', which had an ending that i didn't see coming at all and couldn't quite believe even after i'd read it.

Memorable Quotes
The Tooth
"Her tooth, which had brought her here unerringly, seemed now the only part of her to have any identity. It seemed to have had its picture taken without her; it was the important creature which must be recorded and examined and gratified; she was only its unwilling vehicle..."

"...remember the metallic sound and taste of all of it. And the outrage."

"...you’d think my own face would know me... "

The Lottery
"Although the villagers had forgotten the ritual and lost the original black box, they still remembered to use stones."


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