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.
Anyone who has been raped, or sexually abused, will identify with her story. Her matter -of-fact narration actually enhances the horror; the juxtaposition of emotionless description of the events to the actual events left me shaking.
Thank you for sharing so much of yourself. Aftermath is worth a deeper dive, into how and why the mind sets us on a path of self destruction after someone external, like a rapist, destroys our life as we know it to that point.
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read as a woman. Well, I haven't read any as a man.. but you get what I'm saying :-) This book is a must read for all women. It's also a must read for anyone that is close to someone that has been raped. It's incredibly insightful. It took my breath away.
Having said all of that... the book is 5 stars.. the narration, which I feel a little bit bad saying since it's the author that narrated the book, is just awful. She may as well have been reading out of the dictionary. She put zero emotion into this... well... that's what it sounded like.
I think it's a great idea for her to have read a prologue or epilogue, but not the whole book. I also understand why she wanted to narrate it... but the reason I listen to audiobooks is for the experience the narrator brings to it when I listen. The way the narrater brings a book to life is SO important. Someone should have let the author know she is a wonderful writer, but terrible narrator.
I would recommend READING this book... but I can't recommend the audio version. I will say the book itself is incredible!
I had to pause to come up for breath several times in the first few minutes of this book. But once started there was no way to put it down. I have a great deal of respect for Alice Sebold for being able to share this part of her story in such a frank manner.
Despite having described what happened to her many times to officials and friends the immediacy is replicated here in such a way that it winds you.
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I got this book after reading “Lovely Bones” and “Almost Moon” without knowing what it was about. I figure since I liked those two I’d like this one; I did not realise at the time it was a memoir. (Obviously, I did not pay close attention to the title!!)
It was interesting and sad to read about her tragic experiences and I can see how writing the book must have been very cathartic! It’s not easy to read about someone being raped, it’s rough territory, so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone looking for a lite-read… (but then again, her other books aren’t that lite either so I supposed you would know that already!)
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.
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