Wednesday, 27 May 2009


Have a listen to this classic short story, The Lottery, by Shirley Jackson, courtesy of The New Yorker. It caused quite a stir when it was published in 1948. This is powerful storytelling at its best.


Barb said...

Thanks for posting this, Tom. It's so rare to have a story read to you rather than reading it yourself.

You know that something awful is happening, but you can't not know how it finishes. The matter of fact attitudes is so much more sinister than gore.

What a powerful piece.

TOM J VOWLER said...

Hi Barb

Great story, isn't it? I love being read to. Doesn't always work; depends on the reader, the story, I suppose.

Glad you enjoyed it.

CathM said...

Tom, thanks for sharing this! What incredible, powerful writing. Gosh, I need to find a hard copy of this story and analyse her technique in depth. Very impressive. And, what a gripping tale that leaves you cold by the end of it.

TOM J VOWLER said...

I've not read anything else of hers, I must confess, Cath. It's printed in the Longman Anthology of Short Fiction, which is a great book to get if you like short stories. It doubles up nicely as a something to stand on if you need to paint the ceiling!