Lucky has ratings and reviews. Matt said: This is what I remember. This is the first line in Lucky, Alice Sebold’s memoir of her rape and. In Lucky, a memoir hailed for its searing candour and wit, Alice Sebold reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an eighteen-year-old college. Alice Sebold knows all about arresting first lines. Her other book, Lucky, also goes straight for the jugular: “In the tunnel where I was raped.

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I lay on the gurney, naked under the hospital gown, and I was cold. This begins the long road to what dominates these pages: It’s raw and ugly, and hits you smack in segold guts with its straightforward account. That’s not unique, and it’s seldom enlightening.

I had no choice but to tell my mother. Some of the girls too. The nurse told me I was waiting luckky the psychiatrist on call. At the place where my dorm’s street dead-ended into the park, I turned and started to walk downhill past another, larger dormitory. View all 19 comments. How First Page Shooter Works. At times her writing is clinical, at times, oddly poetic.

I was on the ground on my stomach. I normally love Alice Sebold’s matter-of-fact writing style, but here, it failed.

They had been up all night, waiting for me to come home. To see me as pitiful, for him aebold see me as worse off than him. The RSA had cared. It is Alice’s indomitable spirit that we come to know in these pages.

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Sebold has made beauty out of agony. After having the guts and determination to prevail against her rapist in court to have him locked memooir, the losses just kept piling on. I put them on, almost falling for my lack of balance.


This was an interesting read but felt more like a recitation of fact, of the drill you go through as a rape victim, rather than an exploration of her mutilated sexuality, as she suggests. The her heroin use was just a after story? Ships from and sold by Amazon. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Memoiir Gross asks an interesting question at the memolr of Lucky: A harrowing tale, indeed. At that moment I signed myself over to him. I moved my lips. During the rape she made a vow that it would be apart of her forever and she kept it.

And she didn’t do it without difficulty.

I couldn’t see Valium as the benign drug the doctor made it out to be. The nurse and policeman argued over me as he began to ask questions, take my clothes for evidence as she swabbed my face and back with alcohol and promised me seboldd doctor would be there soon.

Of how she was writing her novel and stopped for …more What an awful, awful thing to say. You weren’t lying to me. He looked at it a moment longer until he was convinced. Into his eyes now, as if he was a human being, as if I could speak to him. It was a long time before anyone came. I told myself Steve loved me. As I tried to hide my nakedness — at least I had my underpants on — he looked down at my body.

In its literary style and narrative tension we never lose sight of seblld this life story is worth reading. She glossed over it. I might not recommend it for people still in the ‘victim’ stage, too real and raw and who knows what dangerous emotions and crazy thought processes it might provoke, as similar literature did to me in my early stages of recovery.


In the time since our arrival back at the dorm, students had woken up. I also grew up in Syracuse, so I knew all the locations quite well and felt her story even more, if that’s possible.

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After reporting it to the police she must find the strength to go ahead with legal proceedings. As we neared it, and I realized it was our destination, a rush of fear ran through me. I know that’s true – I can never understand – but I’m reading this book to try to understand what it’s like, and it’s the job of the author to use her gift of words to explain it to me.

What propels this chronicle of her recovery is Sebold’s indomitable spirit – as she struggles for understanding “After telling the hard facts to anyone, from lover to friend, I have changed in their eyes” ; as her dazed family and friends sometimes bungle their efforts to provide comfort and support; and as, ultimately, she q, managing through grit and coincidence to help secure her attacker’s arrest and conviction.

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Her raw descriptions of the rape were so disturbing I had to stop myself a couple of times to regain composure. We, her readers, are the fortunate beneficiaries. Scribner May Length: Then, I started feeling worse because I thought of my soul has sebkld a blackened prune pit residing near my left kidney.

When he told me to close my eyes Seold told him I had lost my glasses, couldn’t even really see him. Of course, that tension cannot be maintained.