The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

"The Lottery and Other Stories" is a collection of short stories that explore the dark side of human nature, often through the lens of seemingly ordinary people and events. The titular story follows a small town's annual ritual, which ends in a shocking and brutal act of violence. Other stories delve into themes of alienation, prejudice, and the human capacity for cruelty, all while maintaining a veneer of normalcy and routine. The collection is known for its unsettling atmosphere and its ability to reveal the sinister undercurrents of everyday life.

The 861st greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 411

Since this book was first published in 1948, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 411.0.

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