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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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'A powerful, disturbing, but essential read' -- Company, July 2003

'An autobiography of heart-breaking candour and profound insight that simply must be read' -- Waterstones Books Quarterly

'Remarkable . . . Injustice and sheer malice are made vivid, and Sebold communicates the utter precariousness of one's personal safety' -- Sunday Times, 1 June 2003

'Stunning candour' -- Guardian, 7 June

Guardian, 7 June

'Stunning candour'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 676 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (30 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GK22DO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alice Sebold is the bestselling author of The Lovely Bones (now a major motion picture) and Lucky, both of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her most recent novel is The Almost Moon. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Sebold grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended Syracuse University, as well as the University of Houston and the University of California, Irvine. She now lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.

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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Miss A. Griffiths on 11 Mar. 2004
Format: Paperback
Having been a victim of rape myself, I was a little unsure of whether reading this book was a good idea...drudging up old memories I'd rather forget. However, after the first page I knew this was a book I should read. Alice Sebold explains how she was raped and how she coped with it, about how other people percieve you as a rape victim and how you percieve yourself. I found this a very moving account and something which had me crying and nodding understanding all the things she said. Especially when you wonder, if i've been raped, am I still allowed to enjoy sex? This book was kind of like therapy to me. I found her first novel, The Lovely Bones, a very moving read too, however, nothing could be more moving than her brave and frank account of her own terrifying experience. It is the sort of book more people should read, whether you have been a victim of rape, know someone who was, or have had no contact with this kind of crime. In this day and age where victims still have trouble speaking out - we need a role model who can show us its ok to tell someone - you are not an outcast and anyone who thinks different is not worthy of your time. This book will not wave a magic wand and make it all go away, but it certainly helps get some things off your mind. A wonderful, moving and helpful read.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By RM Brown VINE VOICE on 4 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I first discovered Alice Sebold when I read a review of The Lovely Bones, bought it, read it and fell in love with it. I then came across Lucky and decided to read it. I've never been a big fan of memoirs but Lucky changed that. Never before have I felt such respect for someone as I do Alice Sebold. In Lucky you follow her through her horrific rape and the struggle to put her life back together afterwards. The book had me gripped and I could not put it down. It's a heart-wrenching story that had me in tears at points. A definate read for anyone.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2004
Format: Paperback
I read this book partially because I read The Lovely Bones, but largely because I was abused as a child and was interested in reading another person's experience of sexual crime. I found it almost a cathartic experience as, whilst what happened to me and Alice is not exactly the same, it is so nice to read someone openly expressing themselves about this kind of crime and what effect it had on them. Too often this issue is swept under the carpet because its too uncomfortable for people to think about. Sebold's honesty in her account is refreshing. I can totally relate to much of how she feels, and seeing it expressed so freely would surely help any "victim" (I hate that word) understand their own feelings and encourage them to deal with what has happened to them. It has done so for me.

I also feel this is an important book for those who have no experience of this type of crime. It will help them understand the effect it has on those who go through it, and also the horrific way the justice system works in rape cases. Whilst of course it is the American justice system referred to hear, it has many similarities to the UK system and so is still relevant here. However, Sebold steers away from using the book as a criticism of the justice system. The events which happened to her speak far louder than any open criticism, and she lets the events speak for themselves.

Nor is the book an anti-male diatribe, which it easily could have been. Sebold makes little if any judgement on her rapist, again letting events themselves do the talking. She focuses on the events as they affected her life and her feelings and lets the reader come to their own conclusions about the justice system and her attacker.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J F Atkin on 12 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
Alice Sebold has written her true account of the brutal beating and rape she was subjected to whilst at college. This story is heart wrenching and extremely emotional, very dark in places and triumphant in others. I have to admit that I was emotionally drained after reading this, although i am very glad that i did.
The story of anyones rape would be difficult to read, and Alice thrives on the difficulty of her subject, by taking you through every minute, every feeling, every reaction of the account. By the end of the book you feel it has happened to a close friend. I have to say that I found this book hard to read, and by the end was very sad, regardless of her survival and her spirit.
Alice Sebold is a remarkable woman, there is no denying it. I read Lucky because i loved her first book The Lovely Bones so much. This is a completely different book, Alice is unbelievably honest about every part of her trauma,brutal in her honesty throughout, she spares the reader nothing, tells you everything a rape victim would usually keep to themselves - if you read it, you are in for the whole ride.
The message that has stayed with me since reading the book is this - Alice says she hears people saying they would rather die than be raped. She dismisses this as ridiculous, she says she would rather be raped over and over than be killed. The way she describes this makes me feel the fear she had for her life while being raped, and its not a nice feeling. For every person out there who has never had something truly dreadful happen to them, count your blessings, and read this book - it will make you appreciate your life.
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