|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
When Sebold, the author of the current bestseller The Lovely Bones, was a college freshman at Syracuse University, she was attacked and raped on the last night of school, forced onto the ground in a tunnel "among the dead leaves and broken beer bottles." In a ham-handed attempt to mollify her, a policeman later told her that a young woman had been murdered there and, by comparison, Sebold should consider herself lucky. That dubious "luck" is the focus of this fiercely observed memoir about how an incident of such profound violence can change the course of one's life. Sebold launches her memoir headlong into the rape itself, laying out its visceral physical as well as mental violence, and from there spins a narrative of her life before and after the incident, weaving memories of parental alcoholism together with her post-rape addiction to heroin. In the midst of each wrenching episode, from the initial attack to the ensuing courtroom drama, Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor, as she describes her emotional denial, her addiction and even the rape (her first "real" sexual experience). She skillfully captures evocative moments, such as, during her girlhood, luring one of her family's basset hounds onto a blue silk sofa (strictly off-limits to both kids and pets) to nettle her father. Addressing rape as a larger social issue, Sebold's account reveals that there are clear emotional boundaries between those who have been victims of violence and those who have not, though the author attempts to blur these lines as much as possible to show that violence touches many more lives than solely the victim's.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Sebold was raped as a college freshman, but the police said she was "lucky." At least she wasn't murdered and dismembered like the girl before her. Now a journalist, Sebold here details the aftermathAposttraumatic stress syndrome, heroin addiction, and, finally, some measure of understanding. This book is based partly on a feature appearing in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that prompted an appearance on Oprah.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I loved the beginning of this book, really holds the reader captive. Towards the middle of the book, the story goes a little flat. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joan Albright
Ms. Sebold writes with great clarity and passion. Her experience as a rape survivor is told with searing candor. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Janice Eastburn
"Lucky" is Alice Sebold's memoir of her rape by a stranger as a college freshmen at Syracuse University in the 1981 and the resulting aftermath including successful... Read morePublished 29 days ago by David M. Nataf
Excellent, first person account of the author's rape and trial while attending Syracuse University. This all occurred in the early 1980s before all the publicity surrounding campus... Read morePublished 2 months ago by KathR
I hesitated to read this book because it just seemed like it would be a downer, but while the subject matter is certainly sensitive, the author did a great job of telling her story... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melissa G
I found this book very good. She is such a good writer and the description of her rape was so realistic.Published 5 months ago by Linda Garton
This is a great book. Alice Sebold very courageously and boldly tells her story here. I hope that this encourages others to speak out as well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shan-b
Bravo Alice, this is a magnificent book telling a very sad story. I am a man but I can empathise greatly with the trauma of rape. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Yesjmm