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Ordeal: An Autobiography by Linda Lovelace Hardcover – November 18, 1987
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Journalist and former syndicated columnist Mike McGrady (Newsday, Los Angeles Times) has written many books, and he was the chief catalyst for the bestselling novel Naked Came the Stranger. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And the reason I even went as far as that was because the only reason I even read this book was on Amazon's recommendation after reading the book The Road Through Wonderland - Surviving John Holmes, which I read after watching the movie based on the same.
I was so moved by that book I cried... and I've read it numerous times since buying it. (If you haven't read it, THAT'S the one I recommend.) And for some reason I never review books that I really enjoyed - only the ones I am so disappointed in, and usually they're so bad I'm angry I spent the money on it and that drives me to leave the review! I realize this is a flawed reasoning however, the main reason is that I devour books and I just want to move on to the next if the author is good.
Having said all of that, I'll try to address the issues I have with this book while trying to be kind because it is a sad story about an actual person life.
I think my real issue with this book is that through the entire thing Linda Boreman (Linda Lovelace) keeps trying to drive home how innocent and niave she was when she met the story's villan, Chuck Traynor. Going on and on about how she was a Catholic school girl that had very little experience with sex and was VERY sheltered.... I got to the point where I felt like I was being treated like I couldn't grasp the concept..as though the concept of innocence isn't something I am capable of understanding
I ended up feeling like she was trying too hard to make me believe that she didn't want to be abused, raped and beat up.
And the continued use of the word "thing" right after the word "cock" when describing men's genetali...or describing sodomy as "making anal love" I felt like she was trying to convince herself of her innocence as well as the reader.
The reason I gave the book 3 stars was because I felt like it would be an insult to give it less after she had the courage to tell her story. But truthfully I think that too much time was spent trying to convince the reader that she didn't want to go through the ordeal and how innocent she was instead of focusing on the nightmare her life had turned into.
after reading a few sample pages on amazon.com. One of the reasons that the book was interesting to me is that
I am from the South Florida area, and I am familiar with some of the areas that she describes during her story.
What was also fascinating to me while I was reading the book is to remember, and appreciate how her story
may have shed some light on the need for domestic violence laws. Reading the book helped me to understand
how a woman might be mentally, and physically forced into prostitution. I suspected early in the book that Lovelace
was going to trained as a prostitute. Without Lovelace ever referring to the main man (Chuck Traynor) in her life
as her pimp, she describes her "ordeal." This book is memorable to me because it reveals what a person might
have to do to survive in such an environment. Apparently Lovelace's Christian beliefs helped her to survive her
journey into hell, and gave her the strength to plan her escape.