'There are always regrets in life, among them things we've done that we wish we could take back and erase. I have significant ones that will haunt me forever and which I hope I have been brave enough to confront in this book.' So says Jane Fonda in the preface to 'My Life So Far', a powerful account of an extraordinary woman. Oscar winner, ...
'There are always regrets in life, among them things we've done that we wish we could take back and erase. I have significant ones that will haunt me forever and which I hope I have been brave enough to confront in this book.' So says Jane Fonda in the preface to 'My Life So Far', a powerful account of an extraordinary woman. Oscar winner, controversial political activist, groundbreaking fitness guru, wife, mother, lover, philanthropist - just some of the roles Fonda is known for. In this candid book, written by Fonda herself, there are messages for women of all ages as she holds a mirror up to her own life but lets us see ours reflected there. Now in her 60s, Fonda looks back over her life but also looks forward to the future. With unflinching honesty she addresses among other things, her tragic relationship with her mother; her tortured one with her father, her lovers and husbands, her passions and political views. The result is rare in its readability and sheer page-turning force.
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I was surprised at the first review. Although, some of the book was a long in the mouth, lol most of it was fascinating and I could not put it down! I remember so much of history, that I had forgotten, and got hooked in all that was going on behind the scenes as I was too young to comprehend at the time. There is a lot lacking in our educational sytem's history books about Vietnam. If more had been said about the emotional turmoil, this book depicted,I would have paid more attention!
I loved that Jane captured so many women's issues that revolved around character and confidence!!
I hope many young women read it. Now I am more interested in history and would like to know more, like the women's vote. Much to tackle.
Aug 26, 2008
Boring, is an understatement
One of the most monotonous books I?ve ever purchased. It starts out okay, but when it hits the Vietnam War section, it?s just so tedious and never seems to get to the point. In the end, I put the book down I couldn?t compel myself to read one more word.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-06-06 Thanks to Fonda's bravura reading, this eloquent abridgement of her stirring 500-page autobiography is one of the best audiobooks of the season. Her tour de force performance ranges from hilarious (an imitation of Ted Turner trying to say "monogamous") to heartbreaking (her final days with her dying father). This probing and articulate memoir follows Fonda's quest for self-discovery: "To have a good third act you need to understand what the first two have been about. I don't want to die without knowing who I am." With unsparing honesty, she admits to 30 years of bulimia and anorexia, dissects three failed marriages and details her cathartic, four-hour meeting with Vietnam vets in 1988 as a "raw, angry, emotional... exorcism" of the myth of Hanoi Jane. With the exception of Barbarella, Klute and On Golden Pond, the abridgment skims the two-time Oscar-winner's films in favor of her political awakening, budding feminism and emotional and spiritual growth. It's a fascinating, surprising journey, brought vividly to life by Fonda, who chuckles and ad-libs at will. On a side note: kudos to Random's inside packaging for including five photos from the book. Simultaneous release with Random hardcover (reviewed online at www.publishersweekly.com). (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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