In a narrative by turns disturbing, thrilling, and inspiring, Alice Sebold illuminates the experience of a trauma victim even as she imparts wisdom profoundly hard-won: "You save yourself or you remain unsaved."
©1999 Alice Sebold, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Simon & Schuster Inc., AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"A rueful, razor-sharp memoir...funnier than you'd think was possible...Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal." (Vogue)
"Sebold's wit is as powerful as her searing candor." (Publishers Weekly)
If you have read The Lovely Bones than you must read Lucky. Gut wrenching and insightful, Sebold doesn't pull any punches as she tells her own story.
This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.
I really enjoyed this book. It seemed that the rape would ruin everything and it almost did. But her life went on and she overcame it, until she sees her rapist years later. I like the way the story was written. It was an easy read and not too depressing. There is a lot of hope and growth in this story, but I didn't like the way the ending was a "statement" about rape recovery. The whole story was about recovery, the over the top viewpoint went from a good story to a lesson.
I have recommended it to some high school seniors who take my Contemporary Literature class because I want them to actually hear Sebold's voice when she recounts certain portions of her experience.
That Sebold worked through the tragedy of her rape and found closure and solace.
She is so calm and even-tempered. When my heart was screaming for her pain, she remainded level-headed.
This is such an important read for all of our young men and women headed out into the world. Evil lurks; and, it is better to prepare our kids for it than to ignore it. Ignoring the ugliness will not make it go away.
I enjoyed the conversation with Alice Sebold explaining the story in her own words. I enjoyed the audio version better. I read the book about a year or so before I listened to the audio version.
I liked her details in the story, the feelings, and the emotions that she went through. She shared many raw emotions. I cried with her and related to her story as she told it in a powerful and vulnerable way.
I had a hard time stopping the audio and found myself staying up late just to hear what happened next.
This is a gripping and detailed story about her rape.
Young mom living in Japan, dealing with commute with audiobooks and knitting.
I think I probably would have used more emotion, played up things more, would I have read this instead of listening to it. The author read it pretty emotionless, which is what can be expected I guess.
I don't think I have ever read anything quite like it before.
Distant, emotionless, flat... but it suits the story.
I neither laughed nor cried, but it was quite emotional nonetheless. It's a tough subject to listen to.
I admire the authors strength...
It is among my top five so far.
I loved Alice Sebold's insightful statements about women and societal expectations of women who are abused. She was able to voice universal truths that abuse victims have to endure. The first few chapters are especially haunting, as they are written in such a powerful way. She does such a great job of conveying the horrible repercussions of rape on the body, the mind, the ego, and the family.
It made me cry several times during my listen. She opens herself up so much that you can't help but want to hold her in your arms to try to make her feel better.
Many may think this book a morbid subject and it is definitely a book you have to prepared to endure. It is not for anyone too young. I would only give it to an adult. I would love for men to listen to this book. I think it offers an insight into being a woman in a way they are usually in the dark. I believe any woman should listen to this, whether they need to commiserate or whether they need to open their eyes to a reality that affects 1/3 of women.
From the very first sentence I knew that this was going to be a difficult book to listen to, and also a book that I would not be able to tear myself away from -- and I was right. It's the account of the author's horribly violent rape, and what happened in the aftermath. A memoir like this could be very self indulgent, but the author pulls it off beautifully. I literally stopped everything I was doing to listen to this book, rapt by the events, the emotion, by the author's honesty and impeccable writing. It's a heavy topic, but if you can handle it, go for it. This is a winner.
This is a story to be told - the horror of a rape. It is raw and real and detailed. It is terrifying. It is saddening. However, perhaps a better reader would have helped - the author's voice is very monotone and she sounds bored with her own story. Maybe she is. It was monotonous and I ended up forcing myself to listen just for the sake of getting through it - it made me too depressed. Instead of cathartic or interesting, it's a sad tale of my worst nightmares with little hope. I sincerely feel terrible for everyone who has ever gone through an ordeal like this. I think it was just too depressing for me.
Lucky made a great impact upon me personally, encouraging me in what I am going through in my own life, although of a far different nature...Alice's bravery in persuing her assailant and sharing her story has inspired me.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I am hesitant to write a review yet am compelled to comment like her fellow students. This is not a story read by the author. This is the struggle of a young woman to regain the life that was taken from her in an act of violence by a stranger. Told in the voice of the person who lived it, it is not performed for dramatic effect but simply shared from the heart. Given the nature of the material I can't imagine anyone else telling it.
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