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I loved this book, not only did it change the way I think about her but a number of topics she touches on in the book , she read it well and you just hear the talent in her voice. I think that the way she tells the story is heartfelt and honest and she really did this for her benefit as much as for ours to hear it. An amazing story from an amazing legend of screen and life!
n open, honest and uplifting account of the life of a brave and string woman, despite her upbringing and childhood/ adolescent experiences. So glad I read this book. Jane feels as though she is my sister, mother, best fiend all in one. And has given renewed courage to celebrate being myself and not let early life experiences define me.
Ali Smith says we readers/listeners are most impacted by the undertow which we glean as we interact with an author.
I could feel this powerful undertow as I reacted to events I knew about, or didn't, in this iconic figure Jane who vividly showed up in our lives in a time when Stars not celebrities roamed the earth.
Her lifetime runs almost parallel to my own and although hers has not been an erudite life, she has been exposed to some of the century' s greatest thinkers, creatives and world events.
Her movies were often pivotal in my own understanding of what was possible. Perhaps she is partially responsible for the muddied gender roles we were offered at the time.
Gratefully, I was privileged with a more academic grounding so I was able to make some different choices..earlier.
Nonetheless, her journey is acutely familiar and endearingly expressed.
Younger men and women could learn a great deal from this book, even if it has real flaws.
Hence the Undertow I refer to.
Methinks Ms Fonda may not yet have learnt enough humility to really face up. Not by the end of the book-and she says as much. Full credit to her.
Maybe her age 60-80 years will help her get there. I have a feeling she might.
I'd recommend this book to women in life transition, particularly those of us who, like me, have come through a storm & taken the time (4yr in my case) to heel, nurture & ground herself. I bought Jane's 'My Life So Far' & 'Prime Time' after viewing her impressive TEDX talk about 'The Third Act'. If, like me, you enjoy biographies &, in the case of this book, value the life perspective of an older, wise (yet vulnerable & uncertain in herself) & ever attentive woman, then I suggest that you will enjoy & reflect meaningfully with this book.
what a woman! Jane Fonda's life story had much to teach and her voice is engaging to listen to