Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery"

The Authorized Graphic Adaptation

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"The classic short story--now in full color. Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" continues to thrill and unsettle readers nearly seven decades after it was first published. By turns puzzling and harrowing, it raises troubling questions about conformity, tradition, and the specter of ritualized violence that haunts even the most bucolic, peaceful village. This graphic adaptation, published in time for Jackson's centennial, allows readers to experience "The Lottery" as never before, or discover it anew. The visual artist--and Jackson's grandson--Miles Hyman has crafted an eerie vision of the hamlet where the tale unfolds, its inhabitants, and the unforgettable ritual they set into motion. His four-color, meticulously detailed panels create a noirish atmosphere that adds a new dimension of dread to the original tale. Perfectly timed to the current resurgence of interest in Jackson and her work, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery": A Graphic Adaptation masterfully reimagines her iconic story with a striking visual narrative"-- Provided by publisher.
"A graphic adaptation of the classic short story "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780809066490
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 HYMAN
Characteristics: xvii, 135 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Jackson, Shirley 1916-1965 Lottery
Alternative Title: Lottery


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Apr 15, 2019

I have never read the original story, but I found the graphic novel and decided to give it a try. It felt a little cold, like there wasn't enough detail about what was happening. It makes me want to read the original short story.

JCLHeatherB Apr 24, 2018

I love Shirley Jackson's writing, and I absolutely adore "The Lottery," but I found this graphic novelization mediocre at best. Although I was interested in the idea of her grandson adapting the story, I found the art uninspiring, and thought that the format detracted from the tension and suspense of the story rather than adding to it. Skip this graphic novel and just read the short story, if you haven't already.

KHCPL_Doug Mar 13, 2017

As an adaptation of a short story, this works pretty well. The art does a great job of conveying the feelings, especially the anxiety and finally, the fright of the unlucky villager who loses the Lottery. I remember reading the original short story in college, and loved the despair and the stupidity of a village so caught in their own culture and traditions they couldn't think their way out of it. This felt just like. It's not a "must read" but it's a good read, and worth the time.

JCLBryanV Mar 06, 2017

A sublime graphic version of Shirley Jackson's original short story, brilliantly illustrated here by her grandson, Miles Hyman. The pictures tell the story, and here it's all about silent horror. Hyman's artwork does a terrific job of portraying Jackson's prescient and dread-filled story. not easily forgotten.


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