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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publications; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (31 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609804197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609804193
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,538,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"After Silence is a book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone."
--New York Times Book Review
"There are few published first-person accounts of the experience of being sexually pillaged and its aftermath. After Silence is one of the first and, I would wager, it is always going to be one of the best."
--New York Times Book Review
"Neither self-pitying nor shrill, Raine has achieved an impressive balance between a starkly candid memoir of a personal trauma and an ingenious literary discussion of an all-too-often unspeakable crime."
--Publishers Weekly
"As Raine takes us through her personal journey of recovery, she also explores the shifting cultural consciousness toward rape. . . . It's this willingness to interrogate the world around her, combined with an emotional honesty that portrays intimate drama without resorting to sensationalism, that makes After Silence one of the most important memoirs of the 1990s."
--Ron Hogan, Amazon.com
"Terrifying though it is, I couldn't put this book down. . . . What attracted and held me is Raine's engagement with the material, her engagement with her life. And she is wise; she knows a lot about life. If you have been raped, you must read this. Even if your life is going well, this book will hold you rapt, for it tells us what we most want to hear: if we work at it, life may give us a second chance."
--Jesse Kornbluth, AOL.com
"A brave, an important, and a necessary book."
--Anna Quindlen

"After Silence is a book that dignifies the human spirit. It should be read by everyone."
--New York Times Book Review
"There are few published first-person accounts of the experience of being sexually pillaged and its aftermath. After Silence is one of the first and, I would wager, it is always going to be one of the best."
--New York Times Book Review
"Neither self-pitying nor shrill, Raine has achieved an impressive balance between a starkly candid memoir of a personal trauma and an ingenious literary discussion of an all-too-often unspeakable crime."
--Publishers Weekly
"As Raine takes us through her personal journey of recovery, she also explores the shifting cultural consciousness toward rape. . . . It's this willingness to interrogate the world around her, combined with an emotional honesty that portrays intimate drama without resorting to sensationalism, that makes After Silence one of the most important memoirs of the 1990s."
--Ron Hogan, Amazon.com
"Terrifying though it is, I couldn't put this book down. . . . What attracted and held me is Raine's engagement with the material, her engagement with her life. And she is wise; she knows a lot about life. If you have been raped, you must read this. Even if your life is going well, thisbook will hold you rapt, for it tells us what we most want to hear: if we work at it, life may give us a second chance."
--Jesse Kornbluth, AOL.com
"A brave, an important, and a necessary book."
--Anna Quindlen

Book Description

* A searing and luminous account of rape and its aftermath on a 39-year-old woman that is set to become the definitive work on this 'unspeakable' subject --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Truly an uplifting and positive book, a fantastic achievement by Nancy Venable Raine. The way that she talks about how she overcame the trauma of rape, truly enables people who have also suffered this form of assault to get their lives back. Her insights into the emotional fall-out of rape victims rings very true, in a sensitive way. But, not only does she discuss the way rape victims react to their experience, she also deals with how others may react to someone they know being raped, (the chapter The Woman in the Amber Necklace demonstrates this in quite a stark way, resulting in making the reader consider how they would react in a similar situation). Therefore this book is not only for victims of rape, but also those who may be a relative of a rape victim, or for someone who wishes to learn how to be more understanding of rape victims. I highly reccomend this book. It addresses many issues and makes you consider your own prejudices.
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This book is mind-blowing! Nancy Venables Raine writes about her rape and the affect that it had, and continues to have on her life. She writes with feeling and with conviction. She helps you to understand what someone who has been raped goes through. She is clear when she is writing about the worst thing that could happen to someone.
The book has statistics in that will frighten and astound you. But not too many that you will be put off reading more. It will make you realise that this henious crime is committed far more often than is realised. It will make you realise that the aftermath continues for a long, long time. Whilst she has learned to live with what happened to her, she does not make anyone who has experienced the same who is reading the book feel that they are wrong in feeling whatever they are feeling. It is an encouragement and almost a comfort.
I bought this book to "help" me after I was raped. She made me feel that whilst my experiences were different to hers, some of the reactions are similar and just as devastating. I lent this book to friends to assist them in understanding what had happened to me and how I felt. It also blew their minds away.
I would ask that anyone who reads this book thinks about the crime and to ensure that you are NEVER the "woman with the Amber necklace".
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By A Customer on 27 Feb. 2002
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This is a book for everyone to read, not just victims of rape and their friends/relatives.
Nancy Raine gives a very detailed account of the emotional/mental/physical aftermath of rape. She dispels many myths that exist, that help to shroud the topic of rape in silence, and looks critically at the cultural context of rape and how it is perceived by the general public.
The language is superbly handled, and the reader is totally transported into the author's life story, and how she came to tell it.
Nancy Raine firmly places the crime of rape under the heading of 'violence' not 'sexual' and explains many of the misunderstandings around the way language is used, which enhances the victim's distress instead of helping her to come to terms with it.
It's an eye-opening, very accessible text that everyone should read, in order to learn more about themselves, society and victims of rape.
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For anyone who has been the victim of a sexual assault or anyone who knows someone who has been a victim.
Also very good for women who do not want to become a victim. Not that it offers a failsafe way of avoiding problems, but it brings the reality of unpredicatiblty and today's dangers into light. It makes you realise how many times we are off guard, or leave ourselves vulnerable.
I have read Paul Britton, and I like his books for the same reason. They show the true nature of violent crime and the places where it can occur.
I would not have thought of the situation that the author finds herself in as being a dangerous one, untill I read her book.
Her attacker gained access to her house by the back door as she had just gone out to put rubbish out . Her back door was only open for a moment. He had probably been monitoring her property for a while.
I think all women should be aware of these types of crime, not to encite fearmongering, but just to be realistic about the types of sexual crimes that are happening nowadays.
In fact I would go as far as to say that especially women who have not been assaulted should read this book, because they are the people most likely to have a false sense of security, and are therefore the people most in need of education of dangers.
This kind of assualt may not be the most common, but it still offers a very educated view into the real problem underlying the results of a physical assault. The damage to the mind, the trust, the sense of security, and so on. She details the grieving process for the pre rape person. It brilliantly charts the mental and emotional landscape.
Even if you have no interest in assault, you will find this book beautifully written and a very compelling read.
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This book is the memoir of a rape survior which mostly concentrates on the aftermath of rape. I think this is a very ignored subject but one which is important to acknoledge. It really goes in-depth about how rape has an affect on person's life and how society poorly responds to that affect.

It's an informative book which is usful for anybody wanting to understand about the subject. As well as giving her memoir Nancy gives a lot of facts about rape which helps to improve your knowledge and changes attitudes.
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