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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson
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May 02, 12

Read on May 02, 2012

I just never saw it coming. Every step this story took, just painted this beautiful, vivid picture. All I could picture was The Tree of Life, but that was a lie...underneath the poetry of that simple, innocent setting is There Will Be Blood...and this quaint little town just gets this edge and menace to it. The duality of the reactions of the crowd...the self-interests...the cruelty...the Southern hospitality turned toxic. Everything gets twisted so simply. Were those boys looking for the smoothest stones, because they wanted it to last longer? Was her friend a monster or was she looking for the biggest rock to end it quickly?

And then just her, herself. Tess practically offered up her own daughter. No one has the emotional responses you expect. It's really genius...and that it's 60 years old...damn. 8 pages. Too memorable.
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Phoebe I just finished it a few minutes ago. I read a review which was sort of spoiler laden but that actually made me super curious as to what the actual horror was at the end! What a whammy! I love the twists you pointed out - her friend with the big rock, the mother and daughter, the absolute relief of the elder children and no worry for their parents. Wow. Just incredible!


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