Ordeal – Linda Lovelace

Linda Lovelace became a household name in 1972, when Deep Throat–a film made for only $25,000–became the first pornographic movie ever to cross over to mainstream audiences, to the tune of $600 million and counting. Despite being the face that launched the film’s phenomenal success, behind the scenes Linda was suffering unspeakable torture and abuse at the hands of her husband, Chuck Traynor, and she never earned a dollar from the film’s huge success. A harrowing tale of the pursuit of happiness and the will to survive amid years of horrific abuse, Ordeal reveals the dark reality behind Deep Throat, and its star’s tragic, yet ultimately triumphant, life. [Chapters | Indigo]


This book is definitely not for the sensitive souls out there, it’s very graphic in regards to sex, pornography and unspeakable violence. I read the book and then watched the movie, and while the movie was well done, it left out a lot of the horrible abuse in this story (which it had to). But I would say, if you couldn’t handle the movie, I wouldn’t advise you to read this book. The reason I enjoyed this book is because it was a true survival piece, and one with a triumphant ending.

It’s true, it’s a harrowing story, but it kept me locked on the pages until I read it all the way through. I think it also serves as an important reminder about the porn industry and the reality of trauma victims, because it can take a lot to simply “get out”. This also may not be a popular opinion, but this book sort of serves as a period piece in a way, it takes a snapshot of a time when pornography morphed from what it was to what it is today.


Book information: 

  • Hardcover, paperback
  • Published by Citadel
  • Biography/memoir
  • Available in certain book stores, Chapters, Amazon



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