One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery

One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery

Winner of the 2015 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2014 In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing yet inspirational journey through suf Winner of the 2015 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2014 In this pow...

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Title:One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery
Author:Karyn L. Freedman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1554811953
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:208 pages pages

One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery Reviews

  • Lori
    Aug 30, 2014
    This was a difficult book to read. It is the true story of Karyn Freedman rape at knifepoint in Paris during a summer of backpacking through Europe. But it's more than that - it's the story of myriad of ways her life was affected by this event and the story of her recovery, which ...
  • Melody
    Oct 30, 2018
    Caused me to rethink my attack in 1979. I never felt responsible. And, probably because I fought off my attacker, and the way the emergency responders (police, fire fighters and EMTs) treated me (like a sort of hero), I've always felt brave and strong and totally capable. But the event...
  • Alexis
    Jun 05, 2014
    An excellent, chilling and wonderfully researched book that blends together the personal with the societal. In 1990, Karyn Freeman was raped in an apartment in Paris. That hour changed her life. In this book, she talks about the lasting effects of the rape and sorts through post trauma...
  • Leonard
    Sep 19, 2014
    In this autobiographical account of a rape, the author rightfully points out that rape victims, as hard as it is, have to talk about what happened to them to raise awareness and make it possible to put a stop to rape. Of course the same is true for any kind of abuse or mistreatment. Fr...
  • Deanna McFadden
    May 06, 2014
    I firmly believe that Karyn's book will do for rape victims what Magical Thinking did for widowhood--it seems like an odd comparison to make. But this is such an important book, written so beautifully, and coherently, about a subject that's impossible to talk about for so many reasons,...
  • Sarah
    May 04, 2014
    This was very heavy. It was also enlightening. I liked that it was written by a philosophy professor. Unique writing and perspective. ...
  • Canadian
    May 04, 2014
    I feel profound sadness about what Ms. Freedman endured and laud her efforts at recovery from extreme trauma. Having said that, however, I did not find the book about her experience well written. The subtleties of the aftermath of trauma were not well articulated, and there is a great ...
  • Eleanor Cowan
    Jan 26, 2019
    After reading of Freedman's horrific rape, I wondered if I'd had it easier. Unconscious during my drug-rape, I wasn't forced, on threat of death, to follow my rapist's cruel instructions. Freedman is very clear that she received tremendous and on-going financial and emotional support f...
  • Cindy
    Mar 08, 2017
    Insightful and moving story told by Karyn Freedman. ...
  • Kerry Clare
    May 01, 2014
    If there is any justice, Karyn L Freedman?s memoir, One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery, will be widely celebrated one of the best Canadian nonfiction titles of 2014. In the book?s first chapter, Freedman, a philosopher and professor at the University of Guelph, te...
  • Barbara McEwen
    Feb 10, 2017
    What an important book that needed to be written. So many of us go through trauma and we don't/can't talk about it. No one tells you how to cope or try to heal. We just do the best we can on our own, downplaying the effects on our physical and mental health. I was a bit shocked to see ...
  • Barth Siemens
    Jan 15, 2017
    If some books feel shallow and lacking focus, this is not one of those. I am astounded at the depth of experience and understanding that the author packed into 186 pages. I am thankful for how she shared her twenty year path following one hour of sexual violence. This is a brutally ...
  • Cindy
    Sep 21, 2014
    As Reviewed by University of Chicago Press: In this powerful memoir, philosopher Karyn L. Freedman travels back to a Paris night in 1990 when she was twenty-two and, in one violent hour, her life was changed forever by a brutal rape. One Hour in Paris takes the reader on a harrowing y...
  • Jen
    Mar 21, 2018
    Kathryn?s descriptions are dead on and very much emotionally relatable to other survivors. ...
  • Nancy Croth
    Mar 07, 2017
    A difficult book to read but an important message on the way women are still viewed in all parts of this patriarchally dominated and structured world. It was at times too technical for my liking but I understand the authors reasons for getting into such detail. ...
  • Clivemichael
    Dec 26, 2018
    Very well articulated, descriptive and moving exploration. ...
  • Ali Bryan
    May 22, 2014
    An important memoir for anyone interested in social justice and human rights. ...
  • Chloé
    Apr 08, 2014
    **I received this book through the first reads program. This is a very tough book to read. Tough, but essential. It tells the true story of the author's rape in Paris during a trip in Europe and, I must warn you, it is quite detailed. Nonetheless, this is not about a victim, but ab...
  • Ian Wooder
    Aug 31, 2014
    I found this book heartbreaking, profound and educational. As a man, rape is not something that I knew too much about. I mean I know what rape is but I wasn't truly aware of the physical and psychological impact that it can on its victims. In some ways it made me ashamed to be a ...
  • Nadine Hiemstra
    Dec 26, 2016
    Even taking into account the dark content of this book, and the horrifying experience of the author, I feel privileged to have read it. One Hour in Paris is frank account of one woman's rape and recovery, and an important reminder that sexual assault is insidious and far more common th...
  • Jane Mulkewich
    Jan 02, 2017
    This book is on the long list for Canada Reads this year, and I hope it makes the short list! It is the kind of book that deserves to be widely read. I have worked with women with PTSD before, and this book is a compelling personal story as well as an intelligent and thoughtful survey ...
  • Sarah Doherty
    Aug 23, 2017
    This book really lost the run of itself in the second half; the author, I think, tried to fit too many BIG topics into one novel. Recounting a personal story of sexual violence and trying to sum up the entire problem with how women are treated in Africa are two very different topics an...
  • Steve
    Dec 06, 2018
    Ms. Freedman's effort is a very important contribution to our collective understanding of sexual trauma; it should be mandatory reading, perhaps in a Reader's Digest version, for every high school age male. The author did a great job of describing the envelope of her consciousness, and...
  • Liz
    Mar 10, 2017
    If you have been violently attacked with or without rape this could be extremely triggering but if you can read it then do. It deals with PTSD, recovery and the patriarchal society that makes abuse of women easy and often acceptable. I won't say I loved this book but I learnt from it. ...
  • spac.e.scape
    Jun 20, 2017
    This is a very important book, primarily focused on the author's personal experience with sexual assault, and her constant work at coming to terms with the many years of trauma she experienced afterward. I appreciated the author's brutal honesty about her situation and the type of ...
  • Rebecca
    May 06, 2018
    This book was very challenging for me to read as the author and I have a somewhat shared experience; hers was in Paris, mine was elsewhere. I applaud Karyn Freedman for putting herself out there like this; thank you for writing this. It makes life a little easier knowing that I'm not t...
  • Jeannie
    Feb 26, 2017
    This book is very powerful and manages to both tell the important story of the author's experience with rape and convey it as a worldwide problem, while not generalizing. Freedman also has shared a lot of knowledge of PTSD that is readable - a helpful addition to books on the subject o...
  • Sandy Krausnick
    Mar 25, 2017
    4.5 stars. "...I am reminded that however much work I do, healing from a traumatic experience is never complete. This is one of the most significant facts about psychological trauma. It is permanent." That speaks volumes. Sharing this was courageous and it has left me with a number of ...
  • Andrew
    Mar 03, 2017
    This is an exceptional book. At times, unsurprisingly, it was difficult to read the detailed account of the author's rape and its life-long traumatic effects. However, the straight-forward, analytical prose provided a good counterbalance to the emotionally-charged material. In fact, st...
  • JennieWithTheBooks☮️(◕‿◕✿)
    Apr 17, 2019
    It's definitely a compelling memoire that gives you an essential look at how survivors of sexual assault cope and persevere. The devastating truth about rape is not simply confined to one terrible moment but it shapes an entire lifetime. As a woman and mother to young girls, it w...