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Lucky by Alice Sebold

Lucky (edition 2011)

by Alice Sebold

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In this memoir, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was transformed when at age 18 she was raped and beaten in a park near her college campus.
Authors:Alice Sebold
Info:Picador (2011)
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:memoir, crime, read 2018

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Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold


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It's almost unfair to give your opinion on someone else's life. Sebold is a very talented writer and I hope writing this memoir gave her some sense of catharsis.
  Dasha_A | Jun 8, 2019 |
Hard to read at times due to the subject matter, but a very well told and honest tale of Sebold's experience with rape and the aftermath. ( )
  meredk | Nov 16, 2018 |
Alice Sebold's "Lucky," covers a topic not many readers have read about when it first came out. A Syracuse University female student is assaulted on campus. Readers read about murder under thriller, mystery section at the book store. This is a subject that is not commonly explored in fiction. Sebold writes in detail and it gets gruesome. This book is not for someone with a weak stomach. You'll read things like exactly how this perpetrator violated her, by putting a whole fist inside her. Assault is violent. The female student is told she is "lucky," because she survived and is alive. Readers do not read such stories often and not many are written for fictional audience. Readers get a different perspective from most male dominated writers under mystery and thriller genre who commonly write the subject of murder. ( )
  majestic131 | Feb 27, 2018 |
Alice Sebold's memoir and account of her brutal rape and beating as a college student precedes her internationally acclaimed and well-read novel The Lovely Bones. A difficult text to swallow, but an important one in its honest presentation of the harsh realities rape victims face, both those who report it and those who do not. Sebold does not mince words in her retelling of her altered relationships with friends and family and her treatment a warped court system. Her reality often seems bleak but she offers a quietly hopeful picture of life after rape. Lucky hurts, but it triumphs. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
Powerful survivorship story about a young girl at college who is attacked and raped by a stranger, who then bumps into him in the street six months later and prosecutes. A book that pulls no punches about the horrificness of the rape, or the horrificness of the trial, and that ends on a disturbingly ambiguous note which is either 'if you fight this, there will be retribution and revenge attacks', or 'this sort of horribleness is very common'. Or, you know, weird things happen in large enough populations and this is just hugely bad luck. The depths of anger about what happened and how much she wants to hurt her attacker are ugly and unfiltered, which is a very uncomfortable read. The whole book is an uncomfortable read, and that is how it should be. Excellent story of overcoming trauma, fighting back, and how society handles rape victims. ( )
  atreic | Apr 25, 2017 |
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In the tunnel where I was raped, a tunnel that was once an underground entry to an amphitheater, a place where actors burst forth from underneath the seats of a crowd, a girl had been murdered and dismembered.
No one can pull anyone back from anywhere. You save yourself or you remain unsaved.
“Poetry is not an attitude. It is hard work.” (Quoting Tess Gallagher)
“Memory could save . . . it had power . . . it was often the only recourse of the powerless, the oppressed, or the brutalized.” (Referring to Tobias Wolff’s own story, This Boy’s Life)
“You never get over some things.”
From an interview with Alice Sebold that is published as a supplement in the back of the book:

Question: People often wonder if writing is therapeutic. If you’re writing about a trauma, does that help the pain of the trauma recede? Susie in the novel [a different book] says something like every time she tells her story, a drop of the pain goes away. But as a writer who’s written about your own trauma and then written a fictionalized version of a similar trauma, is writing therapeutic or do you think that that’s really the wrong way to approach it anyway?

Answer: My feeling is that therapy is for therapy and that writing can be therapeutic, but therapeutic writing should not be published. My job as a writer is to go through the therapy myself and, if I manage to get through it and I feel I have something to share from that, to share it with my audience or my readers. But I don’t write novels and seek to have them published so that I can get therapy from having written them. That’s really the responsibility of an individual to do outside the context of their published work.
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