Saturday, 17 September 2011
LUCKY – Alice Sebold, 1999
Sebold wrote The Lovely Bones which I really enjoyed. I picked this off the shelf, anticipating something similar. In many ways it is similar. But The Lovely Bones was a quietly optimistic novel, a young girl watching from above as her family and friends come to terms with her murder. Lucky is Sebold’s biographical account of her own rape and the subsequent trial. (The title refers to a policeman’s comment that she should feel lucky she was only raped and not murdered.) I am glad that she survived her ordeal and that she is now a successful novelist but I find it difficult to see why someone would wish to wear rape almost as a badge of honour.