Review: The Lottery – The Authorized Graphic Novel by Shirley Jackson and Miles Hyman

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Publication: October 25th 2016
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Pages:  160 pages
Source: Birthday Present (for my Dad!)
Genre: Short story, graphic novel, fiction, classic, horror
My Rating: ⛤⛤⛤⛤⛤

How could I not love this graphic novel? It’s one of Shirley Jackson’s most well-known works AND it was illustrated by her grandson!

I had never read Jackson’s infamous short story before reading the graphic novel, but I did know what happened in the story. Still, know the story didn’t stop me from loving it, if anything it made me keener to analyze the story (and illustrations) for what was to come.

The Lottery takes place in a small rural town which every year runs a lottery. Each family in town’s name is put into the lottery where each person must take out a paper, the paper with the black dot on it being the winner of the lottery. The story takes place on the day of the lottery and gives detail into how long it has gone on, how it’s changed, and how it’s stayed the same.

There’s really a lot I can’t say in this review, only that the graphic novel adaption is phenomenal! Hyman’s illustrations are wonderful, and the pictures always make you look twice for anything you may have missed. For anyone unfamiliar with Jackson’s story, this would be an amazing way to introduce it to yourselves and a good start to become a Jackson fan!

 

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