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Lottery (Thorndike Core) Hardcover – Large Print, 5 Dec 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (5 Dec. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410402770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410402776
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 14.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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"Patricia Wood's debut novel tickles your funny bone, tugs your heartstrings, and redefines the word 'fortunate' all at once." -"Redbook" "[An] irresistible debut novel about what makes people good or bad, smart or stupid." -"Good Housekeeping"

aA wonderful first novela]profoundly lovable.a
a"Washington Post"
aA memorable character whose voice and world linger in oneas imagination.a
a"Miami Herald"
a"Lottery" is a winner.a
aKate Jacobs
aA winning narrator.a
a"Seattle Times"
Itas amemorable.a
a"Miami Herald"
Itas awonderful.a
a"Washington Post"
Itas airresistible.a
a"Good Housekeeping"
aUplifting.a
aKate Jacobs
aMuch more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soulaitas a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader.a
aPaul Theroux

A wonderful first novel profoundly lovable.
"Washington Post"
A memorable character whose voice and world linger in one s imagination.
"Miami Herald"
"Lottery" is a winner.
Kate Jacobs
A winning narrator.
"Seattle Times"
It s memorable.
"Miami Herald"
It s wonderful.
"Washington Post"
It s irresistible.
"Good Housekeeping"
Uplifting.
Kate Jacobs
Much more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soul it s a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader.
Paul Theroux

?A wonderful first novel?profoundly lovable.?
?"Washington Post"

?A memorable character whose voice and world linger in one's imagination.?
?"Miami Herald"

?"Lottery" is a winner.?
?Kate Jacobs

?A winning narrator.?
?"Seattle Times"

It's ?memorable.?
?"Miami Herald"

It's ?wonderful.?
?"Washington Post"

It's ?irresistible.?
?"Good Housekeeping"

?Uplifting.?
?Kate Jacobs

?Much more than a novel about a windfall affecting a simple soul?it's a book about a stupendous event affecting a great number of people, especially the reader.?
?Paul Theroux

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

A funny, poignant, and wise novel about a very rich underdog who shows everyone just how little his IQ says about his intelligence. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A really enjoyable read
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What a great read this book is.
I won't go into the story line as others have done that before me.
I just want to say, Happy, funny, Sad, tearful, (even though I'm a man) this book makes you feel it all.
I read this book in under a week, which is good for me, it's just one of those books you don't want to put down.
Highly recommended!!!
Steve T......
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I read a lot. Perhaps 100 books each year. I don't review many of them but with Lottery, I had to.

It's beautiful. The writing is deceptively simple, and Perry's voice is clear right from the start. He's an honest, compelling character full of truth and charm. The story (of a man with learning difficulties who wins the lottery, and is then descended upon by his grabbing family) has a sad inevitability about it that left me totally unprepared for the uplifting ending and true joy that I felt.

I've read it twice now, and on the second reading enjoyed Patricia Wood's lyrical prose all the more. She's a rare talent, and I look forward to reading more from her.

Read Lottery. Read it soon. Then read it again. You won't be disappointed.
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It usually takes me about 4-6 weeks to get through a book as I don't have a great deal of spare time, but I got through this one in 3 days - I just couldn't put it down.

As the mother of a 13 year old autistic boy with learning difficulties, I could see so many of my son's characteristics in the lovable Perry. His trusting nature, his ability to only see the best in people, thus making him vulnerable to those wishing only to take advantage, and his naivety of the world around him, are all problems my own son encounters daily. The book gave me such in insight into how such an adolescent can expect to cope with an independent life.

Perry had an unfortunate start, abandoned by his family to the care of his grandparents when he was a baby, he then encountered unsympathetic teachers at school and was constantly and cruelly referred to as "retarded". Perry has an IQ of 76 and you need an IQ of 75 or less to be classed as retarded. Despite being "slow", he flourished from the wisdom bestowed upon him by his grandmother, but after her death and his subsequent win of $12million on the lottery, his loathsome family crawled out of the woodwork in an attempt to relieve his of his fortune. His few true friends were there to help and advise him, but in the end Perry did what he knew to be for the best. Readers might not agree with the choice of ending, but anyone who knows a person of this nature will realise it is a very likely scenario.

This is a truly heart-warming story which has been well researched by the author. Read this story and I guarantee it will make you react differently to people you meet who are a little "slow".
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Such a delightful novel! I suspect that many of us could learn a lot from Perry L. Crandall and his Gram.

Perry's world is an interesting blend of keen observation, acquired learning and intuitive feeling. He may not always know why something is happening but he is able to make a form of sense of it quicker than many others can. Perry, or Per to his best friends, is able to work out what is right for him even if some of his logic is foreign to others.

I enjoyed this novel: I like where it finished and the neat sense of hope for the future, despite some sad aspects to the journey.

Sentimental? Sure it is. That's what makes this novel come alive. Ms Wood has delivered an unlikely but likeable hero, some well-developed secondary characters and some despicable villains.

Perry may be an auditor, but he is also a contributor.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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4.5 stars.

Wasn't expecting much other than a light read. Surprised that this had quite a lot of depth, warmth and heart.

Really enjoyed Perry's narration, his take on life and very funny definitions. His family were awful, brilliant 'villains' that you wanted to see destroyed.

A very interesting story about a below-average--intelligence man winning the lottery, seeing who his true friends are, and the reader vein treated to a very funny struggle between Perry's family (trying to get hold of his money) and his friends (stopping them).

A surprise hit for me. Lovely.
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What a fantastic debut novel. I devoured this in a few hours, I was that gripped by the tale of Perry, his family and his friends. When I'd finished it I actually felt a bit sad and like I was genuinely leaving behind people I knew very well- the characters were that skilfully developed.

At times funny, at times poignant but always memorable, `Lottery' is the story of Perry L. Crandall, a thirty something man with a borderline IQ of 76. This is a significant number as the classification for mental retardation is actually 75. For all of his life poor Perry has been dubbed as a `retard' when he just likes to think of himself as a bit slower than the rest of the general population.

Abandoned by his parents and raised by his wonderful grandparents who are determined Perry should fit in, they teach him about every day life, the meanings of words and most importantly, from his Grams, Perry learns how to play the State Lottery. This actually comes in rather handy and Perry scoops $12 Million dollars, but it's shortly after that when the vultures start to descend...

A genuinely moving story about fitting in, true friendships, family and coming to terms with accepting yourself for who you are. I loved Perry's adept narration skills- seeing the world through his eyes is what really made this book stand out for me. The secondary characters too are all exceptionally well-written, I loved Keith and Cherry.

If you're looking for a different kind of book to read this year, make it this one, trust me. Read it, love it and treasure it. Perry L Crandall really is a wonderful person.
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