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Lucky [Paperback]

Alice Sebold
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Book Description

6 Jun 2003

In a memoir hailed for its searing candour and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus.

What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold's indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding (‘After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes’); as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she triumphs, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker's arrest and conviction.

In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of trauma victims even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: ‘You save yourself or you remain unsaved.’

‘A rueful, razor-sharp memoir . . . Sebold tells what it’s like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it’s like – slowly, bumpily, triumphantly – to heal’ Sarah Kerr, Vogue


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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st Picador Edition edition (6 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8876415602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330418362
  • ASIN: 033041836X
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'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

About the Author

Alice Sebold is the author of the bestselling novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California with her husband, the writer Glen David Gold.

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142 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY 10 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback
Like her novel The Lovely Bones - which I've also reviewed and which you must read - Lucky is a harrowing, heart-wrenching book about the worst possible thing that can happen to a woman. Alice Sebold tells the raw story of her rape ordeal and her subsequent struggle for recovery with an honesty and warmth which is compelling. Lucky reads almost like a novel itself at times, with gripping moments of suspense, particularly during the court trial scenes.
Alice Sebold was the innocent victim of an unforgivable crime - but she doesn't ask for our sympathy or pity in these beautifully written pages. She earns our respect and admiration for the courageous way she tells how the traumatic events changed and shaped her life; how the naive college student would eventually become a hardened, determined aggressor herself in her brave fight for justice against her attacker. Sadly, this natural reaction to her personal violation came with a price - destructive behavioural damage that brought a later downward spiral into drugs. What the author didn't know at the time is that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; an anxiety syndrome that emerges following a psychologically distressing traumatic event such as rape, which she battles to overcome.
Can someone really, truly, get over something so savage and brutal as rape is the numbing thought you're left with long after you put the book aside? The past can never be forgotten, but Alice Sebold has managed to crawl from the wreckage and move on with her life to a happier future that has brought her international fame and acclaim. That says something about the human spirit - and everything about this remarkable woman.
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112 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly real and moving 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book 16 July 2004
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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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174 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY 11 May 2003
Format:Paperback
Like her wonderful novel The Lovely Bones - which I've also reviewed and which you must read - Lucky is a harrowing, heart-wrenching book about the worst possible thing that can happen to a woman. Alice Sebold tells the raw story of her rape ordeal and her subsequent struggle for recovery with an honesty and warmth which is compelling. Lucky reads almost like a novel itself at times, with gripping moments of suspense, particularly during the court trial scenes.
Alice Sebold was the innocent victim of an unforgivable crime - but she doesn't ask for our sympathy or pity in these beautifully written pages. She earns our respect and admiration for the courageous way she tells how the traumatic events changed and shaped her life; how the naive college student would eventually become a hardened, determined aggressor herself in her brave fight for justice against her attacker. The past can never be forgotten, but Alice Sebold has managed to crawl from the wreckage and move on with her life to a happier future that has brought her international fame and acclaim. That says something about the human spirit - and everything about this remarkable woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great - highly recommended...
A well written and highly engaging story - I was gripped from beginning to end.
Published 4 days ago by M L BUCKLAND
4.0 out of 5 stars It is hard to say I liked the book
A very personal account of her life. Heartbreaking at times. It is hard to say I liked the book, the subject is not something everybody wants to read about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Leger
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Delivery
Book was in excellent condition when it arrived, and what a powerful book it was! Thoroughly pleased with my purchase.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, but ends a little disappointingly
The first half of the book kept me glued and I had real empathy for the writer. It is really well written and gives you a real insight into how she must have felt and survived as a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful writing
The opening of Lucky was one of the most compelling, gripping scenes I have ever read and one I wanted desperately to stop reading but couldn’t tear myself away from. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alejandra Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky
This is a very sad, but at the same time uplifting true story of the author who was raped while at collage. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Emma Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucky
Graphic, searing account and detailed follow up regarding effects on self and others, after the rape of an eighteen year old girl. A must readfor both sxes..
Published 8 months ago by Barbara C
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
To read how a young woman has endured so much pain and has lived with this is inspirational. There are lot of reviews that claim this book is too graphic. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lucy Claire Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Lucky
This is an amazing gritty, detailed cringe worthy account of a harrowing experience.
I felt embarrassed by Alice's honesty but that is also what makes this book such a... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Madmoiselle76
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-wrenching read
This true story is not for the faint hearted, an emotional book which will have you reaching for the tissues from the start. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Tina27
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