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“Bold & brave...”

Sebold’s bold, brave memoir not only sets the stage for her 2002 bestseller The Lovely Bones, but also encourages conversation surrounding an incredibly difficult subject.
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Enormously visceral, emotionally gripping, and imbued with the belief that justice is possible even after the most horrific of crimes, Alice Sebold's compelling memoir of her rape at the age of eighteen is a story that takes hold of you and won't let go.
Sebold fulfills a promise that she made to herself in the very tunnel where she was raped: someday she would write a book about her experience. With Lucky she delivers on that promise with mordant wit and an eye for life's absurdities, as she describes what she was like both as a young girl before the rape and how that rape changed but did not sink the woman she later became.


It is Alice's indomitable spirit that we come to know in these pages. The same young woman who sets her sights on becoming an Ethel Merman-style diva one day (despite her braces, bad complexion, and extra weight) encounters what is still thought of today as the crime from which no woman can ever really recover. In an account that is at once heartrending and hilarious, we see Alice's spirit prevail as she struggles to have a normal college experience in the aftermath of this harrowing, life-changing event.


No less gripping is the almost unbelievable role that coincidence plays in the unfolding of Sebold's narrative. Her case, placed in the inactive file, is miraculously opened again six months later when she sees her rapist on the street. This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: the struggle for triumph and understanding -- in the courtroom and outside in the world.


Lucky is, quite simply, a real-life thriller. In its literary style and narrative tension we never lose sight of why this life story is worth reading. At the end we are left standing in the wake of devastating violence, and, like the writer, we have come to know what it means to survive.

Topics: Inspirational, United States of America, Creative Nonfiction, Suspenseful, Heartfelt, Emotional, Psychological, Tragic, Heartbreaking, Sexual Abuse, Survival, Crime, Trauma, Coming of Age, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Female Protagonist, Depression, and Courage

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Very straightforward story of Alice Sebold, acclaimed author of The Lonely Bones, who is raped in her freshman year of college. The story is at once disarming and at the same time the honesty leaves you with a new respect for someone who is going through such an ordeal. You root for her as the victim and hope for prosecution as you learn that the laws are in favor of the rapists, not the victims. Great book!more
This book spoke to me deeply.more
I had read Sebold's debut novel, The Lovely Bones (2002) last year and found that story about a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered and her family to be amazing. This book, published in 1999, is a memoir of Sebold's own experience with being raped as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1981.Sebold writes about her experience frankly and graphically, but not gratuitously. She also skillfully communicates where she was intellectually and emotionally throughout the assault, investigation, pre-trial and trial of her rapist (she ran into him randomly on the street and was able to ID him) and in the years that followed this. The book also discusses how her rape effected her family, friends, and other relationships.Sebold is a great writer who is able to discuss difficult, disturbing topics without getting bogged down in pity or platitudes. I feel I better understand, if in a small way, what a severe trauma can do to a person and how people can cope, heal, and not heal in their aftermath after having read this book.This book backs up the assertion that a novelist's first book is always autobiographical; I understand The Lovely Bones better now for reading this. I'm also bumping Sebold's second novel, The Almost Moon up my reading queue.Highly recommended, unless the subject matter would be too distressing. 5/5.more
I feel that it took alot of courage to write this book; even more so than the investigation and courtroom testimony did. I thank Alice Sebold for having the courage to press charges against her attacker and stick with it through the prosecution. So, so many, like her friend Lila are not able to find the strength. Thank you Alice.more
Alice Sebold, the author of "The Lovely Bones," one of my favorite books, writes this memoir about the rape she experienced when she was 18, as a freshman at Syracuse University. Sebold's prose is always clear and incisive, and in this memoir, she gets to the crime very quickly. Her writing is bracing and takes you into the event in a way that no true crime writing ever does, at least in my experience. She takes you with her on her journey from victim to survivor, from the crime, through the legal process, as she reports the rape, goes through the rape kit and evidence-collection process, to the hearing and trial. It is a difficult and often harrowing read, but Sebold is a survivor, and she is able to rise above the awful event that threatens to suck the life out of her and poison her relationships. That she does not allow that to happen, and that she uses the creative process of writing to heal is a testament to her resiliency, intelligence and heart. She refuses to let the crime destroy her humanity. As difficult as this book was to read, I would recommend it. Sebold is an excellent writer, and she carries you along with her through rage and hatred, to come out on the other side, to not just survive, but thrive, and continue to love.more
Lucky by Alice SeboldThis woman can really write. This book is a memoir of the author's rape when she was just a Freshman in college. This autobio shines in the face of a terrible adversity. Sebold's style of writing takes you through the events actually bringing you along with her but without the sentimentality that many writers would bring to a memoir such as this. I found it to be brilliantly written and wish that I had read The Lovely Bones before reading this but I know that anything written by this author will be a mind blower! I highly recommend this book and rated it a 4 1/2.more
This is such a great book! Alice Sebold delivers a jarring, haunting, revealing look at her rape in college. The author brings you into her dark world detailing every moment of her assault. This is the first account of a rape that I've read. And, the author doesn't hold back. Sebold succeeds in telling a story that takes you through her family life, upbringing and her rape trial. It's a very well written memoir.more
Alice Sebold has a writing style that I would almost use the word visceral to describe it. This was a thoughtful memoir based upon the memory of her rape and its aftermath. I also found that it helped me to put some context around the book the Lovely Bones, which I found both compelling and disturbing.more
This is a really great book, especially if you have read Alice Sebold's novel, The Lovely Bones. This is actually an account of when she was raped. I think it gives one insight into what may have inspired her and whatnot in writing The Lovely Bones. I maintain that I love this author's style. Another great read.more
This is the tragic, yet ultimately uplifting story of the author's horrific rape and beating at the age of 18 on a college campus. The detailed description of her rape was incredibly disturbing, but the book itself was her eventual triumph over many of her fears and the difficult journey to get there. Highly recommend.more
Memoir about being raped, as a college freshman. This is a subject that's really scary and emotional for me - all my life, as far back as I can remember, I've been terrified of rape and worried about it. Her description of the rape itself was hard to read. But then it goes into how she went back to school and eventually testified against the rapist, and other parts were sort of lighter than I expected. At the trial when she's testifying and the defense lawyer tries to rattle her but doesn't, I wondered where that strength came from, but she just treats it matter of factly and doesn't seem surprised by it. Her family was fucked up too, which was more upsetting than the rape in some ways – her mom had a history of panic attacks and simply couldn't come to be with her during the trial, and her father didn't make time to get away from his work. That seemed really sad.The most interesting part of the book was near the end when a close friend is raped and she feels all ready to help ("If I got through this, you can too") but she can't help, and it pulls them apart.more
This is what it is like to experience a traumatic event and this is what it is like to survive.more
From the very first words, Alice Sebold grabs the reader and begins to tell the brutal rape. With honesty and directness, she describes the next three years of her life. Obviously, her life did not begin -- or end -- at the entrance to the park tunnel. The descriptions of her parents and her older sister are clear and make it obvious that she knows how they will react. They don't disappoint her.The strength which Alice showed as she fought through the criminal justice system, the surprising fortitude that came from unexpected sourcesss, the unexpectedd kindness from profesaors ... amazing. I am most impressed by her efforts to maintain herself throughout, by her efforts to not become bigoted, to not become prejudiced. That's not easy, but she did it.After reading The Lovely Bones, I wanted to meet her, get to know her. Now, I think that a little of that desire has been fulfilled.more
With her book "The Lovely Bones", Alice Sebold wowed us all. This book, although dark and somewhat disturbing, is a true account of her personal trials through rape. She draws you in with her evocative prose style and makes you feel the terrors and sadness of her ordeal.more
An excellent and extremely powerful memoir about rape, survival, and all the things that come between. Sebold is an evocative author, with the ability to make you hear and feel and smell an event as it happens. Her honesty here is brutal - about what rape makes you feel, about what the reactions of others to your rape makes you feel, about what survival really means. Some of the strongest and most impactful sections come after the trial of her rapist, after Sebold's appearance on national talk shows, after she looks, to the outward world, strong and recovered and a fighter, and inside she is still destructive.Well-told, hard to read in places, but very good.more
If you know Alice Sebold from 'The Lovely Bones', you may be interested to take a step back into her memoir, originally published before the novel, and get a sense of some of the personal tragedy that has influenced, at least in part, her other writing. Let me be clear -- this is not a memoir for the faint of heart. It is not sweet and clever, as so many memoirs strive to be. It is instead profound, torturous, dark, and illuminating, all at the same time.The focal event of the book is Sebold's brutal rape, which she endured as a young college co-ed, and the struggle to bring her rapist to justice as well as to heal from that damaging event. There are graphic, painful moments here, and not only in expected places, but throughout. Toward the end, further tragedy infests the lives of Sebold and her friends in such a way that, had this not been a real-life account, the reader might have been struck by disbelief -- the events described here seem at times to be too devastating and repetitious for reality, yet we (through Sebold's eyes) feel them as all too real.This is a remarkable book and I suspect that it can help many people who have been on the same side of brutality, but it is not an easy book to read and it does not leave the reader with a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end. There are no such conveniences here, nor should there be. Recommended.more
Unforgettable, haunting, hard-to-read, "Lucky" is a memoir that will stay with you for a long time. There's no feel-good answer nor a neat conclusion, just a stream of raw emotion seeping through the pages.more
This book was brave and from a personal perspective it spoke to me. She was honest and not a bit of this memoir is inaccurate. It spoke to me personally, and I hope to everyone else who has been a victim of sexual assault or knows someone who has been. This type of crime does indeed shatter a person's life, and sometimes recovery takes a life time. She described her journey so well, and I am glad she was brave enough to write about it, and share her experience. Many victims of crime, especially rape and sexual assault, feel alone and unable to face what happened to them. let alone go to trial and write a book. Mrs. Sebold sets a great example for other women, and demonstrates there hope and recovery after something as traumatic as rape. I especially appreciated the information about PTSD, since I have dealt with that disorder in my own life.more
The best memoir I've ever read; this book had me on the edge of my seat as if this was a thriller. Alice Sebold's prose is hauntingly beautiful in which the words enrapture your spirit and soul while sucking you into her world. At the end of the novel, you are left with the same feeling she has: hopeful.Written so damn well. I want her to write more memoirs!more
definitely a good, honest read. i think every woman, and more importantly every man, should read this book. itss a startling account of the authors rape in her freshman year of college. she is beaten physically and emotionally and tells the tale that no woman should ever have to tell. and she tells it amazingly well. the only part that i was unimpressed with was the final chapter 'aftermath'. she spent the first 95% of the book detailing every painful moment, every conversation and emotion, but somehow flew through 10 years in 10 pages in the end. aside from that, i loved it. the experience itself is powerful enough to stand alone, but her writing style creates such a powerful story of her struggle and triumph.more
Loved it. A very sad, yet inspiration story about Alice's life after her brutal rape.more
I wasn't taken with The Lovely Bones, but this memoir had a smooth feel of honesty that appealed to me. Very difficult book to read, but worthwhile.more
The book opens with Alice's rape. The scene is graphic and the reader will know immediately whether this book is for them or not. It is fantastic! Alice Sebold is honest. This book will inspire and empower anyone who has been in a similar situation or who has let obstacles in life overwhelm them.Alice wants revenge and she stands up for herself. She fights for a life worth living.I, also, enjoyed the end where Alice shares the 'after the story' part of her life. You really get a sense that you know this writer. I look forward to reading more by her!more
What a disturbing, moving story! This is definitely not for the weak-stomached, with graphic descriptions of rape and violence. Still, I'd recommend it for any woman, especially one entering college.more
Un libro sorprendente. Me enganché a la historia desde las primeras líneas. Alice Sebold narra un duro y violento episodio de su vida - su violación a la edad de 19 años -; mostrándonos como un suceso trágico puede dejar huellas indelebles en nuestras vidas; sin embargo, nos enseña también la fortaleza para sobrevivir a tan horrible experiencia. La buena literatura nos enseña a ser mejores y a curar nuestras propias heridas. Alice Sebold lo consigue.An astonishing book. I was hooked on it from first lines... Alice Sebold tells us a rough and hard episode of her life - her rape at age of 19- showing us how tragic events leave permanent marks in our lifes but her story remarks too the strength of spirit to survive so horrible event. Good literature teaches us to become better human beings and to heal our wounds. Alice Sebold achieves it.more
This book is a shocking, honest and revealing memoir about the authors' vicious, savage rape when she was a college student. Normally I wouldn't want to read a book like this, but the author is Alice Sebold, who wrote "The Lovely Bones', which I adored.That she could recover from something like that and move on, that *anyone* can, is incredible.I certainly learned why so few women actually go through with pressing charges and a trial. Honestly? I don't know if I'd have the courage that Alice showed throughout her ordeal.Not a fun book, but rape is not a fun topic.more
I'm really ambivalent about this book.On the one hand, I understand the impulse & need to write through & past such an enormously life-changing experience. On the other hand, I found myself skimming my way through chunks of the book about two-thirds of the way through because it just started to get disjointed & flat & jarring in some way that I just couldn't bear to read.The first 100 or so pages are excellent, especially if you can get past the first chapter - an excruciatingly detailed explanation of what happened to the author. It's ironic that she notes at some point in the book that an essay she wrote for The New York Times Magazine about the experience was quoted in the "Trauma" part of a book on trauma & recovery & this inspired her to figure out more about what she needed to do to move forward - ironic because I think I'd still include her solidly in the trauma category & that makes me very sad for her & angry that this happens so often.more
This is the true story of the rape of Alice Sebold and some of the experiences that she had after the rape. I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but once Alice went back home with her parents it started to drag a bit. When I realized that I was basically forcing myself to read this book about halfway through, I just skimmed through the rest of it and read the ending.I think that the things Alice had to go through were horrible, both the rape and the horrible way that she was treated by some people after the rape. I was most shocked by her father's initial reaction and the reaction of the psychiatrist that her mother took her to. Since her father was a bit of a jerk, I loved the part where she let the dog eat biscuits on his blue silk chair (which she was forbidden to sit in) and took pictures of it to give to him as a framed gift. That was priceless! It's amazing that Alice has kept her sense of humor after everything that she has been through.more
After reading one of Alice Sebolds other book The lovely bones I was extreamly curious to see her inspiration behind it. Lucky definetly pulled from personal experiances. It was a little bit hard to read because Alice Sebold went throught so much. She got raped on her way back to her college dorm, got into drugs and other stuff. I enjoyed comparing it to her other book but towards the end I started to lose intrest. Although, I was inspired by how she overcamegreat obsticles and in the end became a best selling author.more
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Very straightforward story of Alice Sebold, acclaimed author of The Lonely Bones, who is raped in her freshman year of college. The story is at once disarming and at the same time the honesty leaves you with a new respect for someone who is going through such an ordeal. You root for her as the victim and hope for prosecution as you learn that the laws are in favor of the rapists, not the victims. Great book!more
This book spoke to me deeply.more
I had read Sebold's debut novel, The Lovely Bones (2002) last year and found that story about a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered and her family to be amazing. This book, published in 1999, is a memoir of Sebold's own experience with being raped as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1981.Sebold writes about her experience frankly and graphically, but not gratuitously. She also skillfully communicates where she was intellectually and emotionally throughout the assault, investigation, pre-trial and trial of her rapist (she ran into him randomly on the street and was able to ID him) and in the years that followed this. The book also discusses how her rape effected her family, friends, and other relationships.Sebold is a great writer who is able to discuss difficult, disturbing topics without getting bogged down in pity or platitudes. I feel I better understand, if in a small way, what a severe trauma can do to a person and how people can cope, heal, and not heal in their aftermath after having read this book.This book backs up the assertion that a novelist's first book is always autobiographical; I understand The Lovely Bones better now for reading this. I'm also bumping Sebold's second novel, The Almost Moon up my reading queue.Highly recommended, unless the subject matter would be too distressing. 5/5.more
I feel that it took alot of courage to write this book; even more so than the investigation and courtroom testimony did. I thank Alice Sebold for having the courage to press charges against her attacker and stick with it through the prosecution. So, so many, like her friend Lila are not able to find the strength. Thank you Alice.more
Alice Sebold, the author of "The Lovely Bones," one of my favorite books, writes this memoir about the rape she experienced when she was 18, as a freshman at Syracuse University. Sebold's prose is always clear and incisive, and in this memoir, she gets to the crime very quickly. Her writing is bracing and takes you into the event in a way that no true crime writing ever does, at least in my experience. She takes you with her on her journey from victim to survivor, from the crime, through the legal process, as she reports the rape, goes through the rape kit and evidence-collection process, to the hearing and trial. It is a difficult and often harrowing read, but Sebold is a survivor, and she is able to rise above the awful event that threatens to suck the life out of her and poison her relationships. That she does not allow that to happen, and that she uses the creative process of writing to heal is a testament to her resiliency, intelligence and heart. She refuses to let the crime destroy her humanity. As difficult as this book was to read, I would recommend it. Sebold is an excellent writer, and she carries you along with her through rage and hatred, to come out on the other side, to not just survive, but thrive, and continue to love.more
Lucky by Alice SeboldThis woman can really write. This book is a memoir of the author's rape when she was just a Freshman in college. This autobio shines in the face of a terrible adversity. Sebold's style of writing takes you through the events actually bringing you along with her but without the sentimentality that many writers would bring to a memoir such as this. I found it to be brilliantly written and wish that I had read The Lovely Bones before reading this but I know that anything written by this author will be a mind blower! I highly recommend this book and rated it a 4 1/2.more
This is such a great book! Alice Sebold delivers a jarring, haunting, revealing look at her rape in college. The author brings you into her dark world detailing every moment of her assault. This is the first account of a rape that I've read. And, the author doesn't hold back. Sebold succeeds in telling a story that takes you through her family life, upbringing and her rape trial. It's a very well written memoir.more
Alice Sebold has a writing style that I would almost use the word visceral to describe it. This was a thoughtful memoir based upon the memory of her rape and its aftermath. I also found that it helped me to put some context around the book the Lovely Bones, which I found both compelling and disturbing.more
This is a really great book, especially if you have read Alice Sebold's novel, The Lovely Bones. This is actually an account of when she was raped. I think it gives one insight into what may have inspired her and whatnot in writing The Lovely Bones. I maintain that I love this author's style. Another great read.more
This is the tragic, yet ultimately uplifting story of the author's horrific rape and beating at the age of 18 on a college campus. The detailed description of her rape was incredibly disturbing, but the book itself was her eventual triumph over many of her fears and the difficult journey to get there. Highly recommend.more
Memoir about being raped, as a college freshman. This is a subject that's really scary and emotional for me - all my life, as far back as I can remember, I've been terrified of rape and worried about it. Her description of the rape itself was hard to read. But then it goes into how she went back to school and eventually testified against the rapist, and other parts were sort of lighter than I expected. At the trial when she's testifying and the defense lawyer tries to rattle her but doesn't, I wondered where that strength came from, but she just treats it matter of factly and doesn't seem surprised by it. Her family was fucked up too, which was more upsetting than the rape in some ways – her mom had a history of panic attacks and simply couldn't come to be with her during the trial, and her father didn't make time to get away from his work. That seemed really sad.The most interesting part of the book was near the end when a close friend is raped and she feels all ready to help ("If I got through this, you can too") but she can't help, and it pulls them apart.more
This is what it is like to experience a traumatic event and this is what it is like to survive.more
From the very first words, Alice Sebold grabs the reader and begins to tell the brutal rape. With honesty and directness, she describes the next three years of her life. Obviously, her life did not begin -- or end -- at the entrance to the park tunnel. The descriptions of her parents and her older sister are clear and make it obvious that she knows how they will react. They don't disappoint her.The strength which Alice showed as she fought through the criminal justice system, the surprising fortitude that came from unexpected sourcesss, the unexpectedd kindness from profesaors ... amazing. I am most impressed by her efforts to maintain herself throughout, by her efforts to not become bigoted, to not become prejudiced. That's not easy, but she did it.After reading The Lovely Bones, I wanted to meet her, get to know her. Now, I think that a little of that desire has been fulfilled.more
With her book "The Lovely Bones", Alice Sebold wowed us all. This book, although dark and somewhat disturbing, is a true account of her personal trials through rape. She draws you in with her evocative prose style and makes you feel the terrors and sadness of her ordeal.more
An excellent and extremely powerful memoir about rape, survival, and all the things that come between. Sebold is an evocative author, with the ability to make you hear and feel and smell an event as it happens. Her honesty here is brutal - about what rape makes you feel, about what the reactions of others to your rape makes you feel, about what survival really means. Some of the strongest and most impactful sections come after the trial of her rapist, after Sebold's appearance on national talk shows, after she looks, to the outward world, strong and recovered and a fighter, and inside she is still destructive.Well-told, hard to read in places, but very good.more
If you know Alice Sebold from 'The Lovely Bones', you may be interested to take a step back into her memoir, originally published before the novel, and get a sense of some of the personal tragedy that has influenced, at least in part, her other writing. Let me be clear -- this is not a memoir for the faint of heart. It is not sweet and clever, as so many memoirs strive to be. It is instead profound, torturous, dark, and illuminating, all at the same time.The focal event of the book is Sebold's brutal rape, which she endured as a young college co-ed, and the struggle to bring her rapist to justice as well as to heal from that damaging event. There are graphic, painful moments here, and not only in expected places, but throughout. Toward the end, further tragedy infests the lives of Sebold and her friends in such a way that, had this not been a real-life account, the reader might have been struck by disbelief -- the events described here seem at times to be too devastating and repetitious for reality, yet we (through Sebold's eyes) feel them as all too real.This is a remarkable book and I suspect that it can help many people who have been on the same side of brutality, but it is not an easy book to read and it does not leave the reader with a warm, fuzzy feeling at the end. There are no such conveniences here, nor should there be. Recommended.more
Unforgettable, haunting, hard-to-read, "Lucky" is a memoir that will stay with you for a long time. There's no feel-good answer nor a neat conclusion, just a stream of raw emotion seeping through the pages.more
This book was brave and from a personal perspective it spoke to me. She was honest and not a bit of this memoir is inaccurate. It spoke to me personally, and I hope to everyone else who has been a victim of sexual assault or knows someone who has been. This type of crime does indeed shatter a person's life, and sometimes recovery takes a life time. She described her journey so well, and I am glad she was brave enough to write about it, and share her experience. Many victims of crime, especially rape and sexual assault, feel alone and unable to face what happened to them. let alone go to trial and write a book. Mrs. Sebold sets a great example for other women, and demonstrates there hope and recovery after something as traumatic as rape. I especially appreciated the information about PTSD, since I have dealt with that disorder in my own life.more
The best memoir I've ever read; this book had me on the edge of my seat as if this was a thriller. Alice Sebold's prose is hauntingly beautiful in which the words enrapture your spirit and soul while sucking you into her world. At the end of the novel, you are left with the same feeling she has: hopeful.Written so damn well. I want her to write more memoirs!more
definitely a good, honest read. i think every woman, and more importantly every man, should read this book. itss a startling account of the authors rape in her freshman year of college. she is beaten physically and emotionally and tells the tale that no woman should ever have to tell. and she tells it amazingly well. the only part that i was unimpressed with was the final chapter 'aftermath'. she spent the first 95% of the book detailing every painful moment, every conversation and emotion, but somehow flew through 10 years in 10 pages in the end. aside from that, i loved it. the experience itself is powerful enough to stand alone, but her writing style creates such a powerful story of her struggle and triumph.more
Loved it. A very sad, yet inspiration story about Alice's life after her brutal rape.more
I wasn't taken with The Lovely Bones, but this memoir had a smooth feel of honesty that appealed to me. Very difficult book to read, but worthwhile.more
The book opens with Alice's rape. The scene is graphic and the reader will know immediately whether this book is for them or not. It is fantastic! Alice Sebold is honest. This book will inspire and empower anyone who has been in a similar situation or who has let obstacles in life overwhelm them.Alice wants revenge and she stands up for herself. She fights for a life worth living.I, also, enjoyed the end where Alice shares the 'after the story' part of her life. You really get a sense that you know this writer. I look forward to reading more by her!more
What a disturbing, moving story! This is definitely not for the weak-stomached, with graphic descriptions of rape and violence. Still, I'd recommend it for any woman, especially one entering college.more
Un libro sorprendente. Me enganché a la historia desde las primeras líneas. Alice Sebold narra un duro y violento episodio de su vida - su violación a la edad de 19 años -; mostrándonos como un suceso trágico puede dejar huellas indelebles en nuestras vidas; sin embargo, nos enseña también la fortaleza para sobrevivir a tan horrible experiencia. La buena literatura nos enseña a ser mejores y a curar nuestras propias heridas. Alice Sebold lo consigue.An astonishing book. I was hooked on it from first lines... Alice Sebold tells us a rough and hard episode of her life - her rape at age of 19- showing us how tragic events leave permanent marks in our lifes but her story remarks too the strength of spirit to survive so horrible event. Good literature teaches us to become better human beings and to heal our wounds. Alice Sebold achieves it.more
This book is a shocking, honest and revealing memoir about the authors' vicious, savage rape when she was a college student. Normally I wouldn't want to read a book like this, but the author is Alice Sebold, who wrote "The Lovely Bones', which I adored.That she could recover from something like that and move on, that *anyone* can, is incredible.I certainly learned why so few women actually go through with pressing charges and a trial. Honestly? I don't know if I'd have the courage that Alice showed throughout her ordeal.Not a fun book, but rape is not a fun topic.more
I'm really ambivalent about this book.On the one hand, I understand the impulse & need to write through & past such an enormously life-changing experience. On the other hand, I found myself skimming my way through chunks of the book about two-thirds of the way through because it just started to get disjointed & flat & jarring in some way that I just couldn't bear to read.The first 100 or so pages are excellent, especially if you can get past the first chapter - an excruciatingly detailed explanation of what happened to the author. It's ironic that she notes at some point in the book that an essay she wrote for The New York Times Magazine about the experience was quoted in the "Trauma" part of a book on trauma & recovery & this inspired her to figure out more about what she needed to do to move forward - ironic because I think I'd still include her solidly in the trauma category & that makes me very sad for her & angry that this happens so often.more
This is the true story of the rape of Alice Sebold and some of the experiences that she had after the rape. I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but once Alice went back home with her parents it started to drag a bit. When I realized that I was basically forcing myself to read this book about halfway through, I just skimmed through the rest of it and read the ending.I think that the things Alice had to go through were horrible, both the rape and the horrible way that she was treated by some people after the rape. I was most shocked by her father's initial reaction and the reaction of the psychiatrist that her mother took her to. Since her father was a bit of a jerk, I loved the part where she let the dog eat biscuits on his blue silk chair (which she was forbidden to sit in) and took pictures of it to give to him as a framed gift. That was priceless! It's amazing that Alice has kept her sense of humor after everything that she has been through.more
After reading one of Alice Sebolds other book The lovely bones I was extreamly curious to see her inspiration behind it. Lucky definetly pulled from personal experiances. It was a little bit hard to read because Alice Sebold went throught so much. She got raped on her way back to her college dorm, got into drugs and other stuff. I enjoyed comparing it to her other book but towards the end I started to lose intrest. Although, I was inspired by how she overcamegreat obsticles and in the end became a best selling author.more
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