Lucky Paperback – 6 Jun 2003
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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)
A hard-hitting and redemptive memoir from Alice Sebold, bestselling author of The Lovely Bones.See all Product description
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The story itself is heartbreaking, I don’t think you’ll understand how heartbreaking it is unless something like this has happened to you or someone you know but it is. She hasn’t written it to gain sympathy or to make you cry, she’s written it to share an experience and, as she says in the book, to know someone who’s been through something this horrible and has emerged on the other side and actually has a life.
Her winning the case against her rapist isn’t chance though. It wasn’t luck. As she says in the book, many things came into play and these things are what makes the world we live in, horrible. For instance, she was a virgin, she wasn’t drunk, she wasn’t a smoker, she hadn’t done any drugs, she was wearing loose frumpy clothes and she was white. While this last thing may not affect the situation now, it did them. But the rest of it? The rest of it still affects people and how they judge the victim. I cannot believe that this happened in the 1980s and we are in 2016 and people still judge weather a rape victim has a right to complain about rape if she was drunk or a smoker or wearing small clothes!
I am not necessarily writing a review. I’m just saying that this book was something I felt I needed to read and I did. And to say I enjoyed it would be wrong so I’ll say that it was an enlightening read and it gave me hope. Hope that one thing has changed and hopefully more things will change. Hopefully women will always win the case against their rapists. Hopeful that rapes won’t be commonplace like it has become, especially in India. I’d say if you’ve even been felt up (every woman has) read this. But trigger warnings…trigger warnings galore.
I dare any one to start it and try to stop. It is every woman’s greatest fear (though I hear it is also some women’s fantasy, but it won’t be after reading this). Lucky is true life horror but it is told with the most calm and piercingly direct voice you could ever imagine. This calm makes the opening slightly more disturbing.
It’s a powerful look at a terrible time in one woman’s life. Beautifully written.
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The faults are few, but addressable. The most major bring the timeline and story structure. The main story shifts randomly into flashbacks annoyingly often, and even though these moments often offer insight and understanding, they more often merely get in the way. Secondly, the author seemed to give up a bit toward the end. While the end contains much pivotal story, it is far less powerful than the beginning of th novel. And finally, the twist towards the end that sends the books towards conclusion was entirely random and unbelievable. While I keep an open mind when regarding premises as this one, the author has certain boundaries of sanity to remain in, and the twist was absolutely uncalled for and took away an immensity from the rest of the tome.
In conclusion, the four stars given are hard and almost perfectly measured. In truthfulness, the book deserves closer to a 4.5 if anything.