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I'm curious: have you read The Lovely Bones? And if so, how did Lucky compare to it? I've read the Lovely Bones, but haven't gotten to Lucky, yet (it's waiting in my enormous pile of "books to be read"). I've heard that Lucky can be a disappointment after The Lovely Bones.

By the way, I totally agree with you on the subject of reading books about upsetting topics. Very well put.


Thanks for your comment, Jen! No, I haven't read The Lovely Bones, but I plan to. I skimmed an interview with Sebold at the back of the book, and they discussed how different in tone Lucky and The Lovely Bones are. Apparently Lucky is more explicit in the description of the violence that happened to her, and I'm sure there are other differences as well. I thought it was a great memoir, but I would say that if you're planning to read it after the novel, just to keep in mind that the style and everything will be very different.


Are you going to give any hints on the job? Or will we have to wait? Lucky you! :)


alison, i am firmly in the same camp as your friend. i cannot read books that i know would upset me so much. i think jen and i have discussed this before, actually. it's not an intellecutal choice on my part; i simply cannot if i want to maintain my already precarious moods towards the happy end. things just affect me strongly. one of the downfalls of being a highly sensitive person. :-)


Alison. I try to spend part of every day doing nothing, some little moment to myself. The thing is, knitting is so addicting that it's hard to resist doing a few rows of this or that in every available crevice of time.

When I'm really in a groove, I meditate 20 minutes a day, and it leaves me feeling like a new person. When I'm not in the groove, I feel considerably crabbier.


hi Athena
I can definitely appreciate your point of view. One of the things I love about reading novels is becoming immersed in another world for a period of time. For me, I'm okay if that world is a disturbing world, but I'm sort of a strange kind of person who let's many things roll off (some that really shouldn't).


So what's the job change? Enquiring minds want to know!!!!


I think you and I read Lucky at almost the same time - great minds think alike! I liked Lucky enormously, and I agreed with a review blurb on the front that found it "uplifting" in the end. I also found her observation that many who sympathized with her trauma were trying to co-opt the excitement of it by association really stunning; I hadn't thought about that before. I've also recently read The Lovely Bones, and while I liked it (and I loved the very end), Lucky moved me more because it was both eloquently written and *real*.

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