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Subject: Has anyone read The Lottery?
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I am reading The Lottery by Patricia Wood .She a great writer It's about a mentally challenged man who wins the lottery 40million! Before the money ,the only person who cared for him was his Gram. She passed away. Now that he's rich.. Well you guessed it people are coming out of the woodwork.Family and strangers. He has a good heart and thinks he should give money to anyone who asks.A touching story. Has anyone read it?


Date Posted: 7/21/2008 8:42 PM ET
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Hmm...I must have read something else. The short story that I remember was nothing like that. Now I'm wondering if I'm remembering the title properly.
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 9:15 PM ET
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I thought originally you were talking about The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, which is a short story.  I haven't read the other one, but it does sound interesting.

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 9:18 PM ET
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LeeAnne, I think you and I are thinking of the same thing!   Shirley Jackson's short story, The Lottery.

ETA:  LeeAnne and Jennie!

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Date Posted: 7/21/2008 9:39 PM ET
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Yeah, I immediately thought of the Jackson horror story too.

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 9:41 PM ET
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oops, double post

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Date Posted: 7/21/2008 9:54 PM ET
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Well! At least I know I'm not going senile. Maybe. :)
Date Posted: 7/21/2008 10:14 PM ET
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I saw this and thought it was the Jackson story as well. not read this one...sounds interesting though.

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 6:58 PM ET
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It's been on my wishlist forever! Can't wait to read it.

Date Posted: 7/24/2008 10:45 PM ET
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I thought of the short story also -- read that in high school, haven't read the second one. It sounds interesting

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 11:22 AM ET
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Read it, loved it.  While I cannot remember the name of the young man who won the money, what sticks with me is the fact that he turned into a true hero.  This was a terrific story!

Date Posted: 7/25/2008 5:25 PM ET
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This sounds like something I'd enjoy.

I thought this thread was about the short story, too. I HATED that stupid story. I had nightmares for weeks after reading that in high school. :(

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Date Posted: 7/25/2008 5:38 PM ET
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that sounds good.  I'm going to look it up right away!

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 6:55 PM ET
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Funny, I thought of the short story as well.  I always tell my husband about the short story one, he's never read it. 

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 7:06 PM ET
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Shirley Jackson's yes, this one, no.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 8:47 PM ET
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For starters, this book is just titled LOTTERY by Patricia Wood (my guess is to avoid confusion with Shirley Jackson's short -- apparently that didn't work.)

I read it and it is a wonderfully written story about Perry L. Crandall -- the L stands for Lucky -- who has an IQ of 76 and wins the Washington State Lottery after he is "orphaned" when his grandmother and caretaker dies.  Unfortunately, as people will be people, the shallow and short-sighted come forward to take advantage.  This book is a wonderful tale of true friendships, trust and IQ doesn't always determine how smart a person can be.

If you loved Forest Gump, read this story. 



Date Posted: 7/31/2008 1:20 PM ET
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I couldn't get into The Lottery.  Sorry.  I .gave it about 50 pages