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I am little sad only just to hear this now after her passing but I think she will always be with us in force and in memory forever :)
Fishers honesty in Princess Diarist is refreshing and commendable. Her diaries are works of art, no wonder she was such a good script writer late in life!
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When it comes to autobiography, the clichés are often the easiest to parrot. Words like 'warm', 'witty', and 'wry' are bandied about like cheap currency for a disposable celebrity-centric lexicon.
What survives Carrie Fisher though *is* her warmth. She's frank without being cutting, honest without excesses of self-pity. Despite herself, she's never felt like a celebrity. That wouldn't sit right with some authors, but there isn't a moment in 'The Princess Diarist' that seems peppered with the sort of incredulous sneering we might come to expect from celebrity memoir.
From easy charm to angsty poetry and back again, where there is humour in experience we're always in on the joke. That's ultimately what sets this memoir apart from so many others - the late great author knows we're all just 'jumped up, scruffy-looking nerf-herder[s]' at heart, but relishes sharing in the glorious unpredictability human life anyway.
She may have felt she lacked an intellectual streak, but her incisive observations philosophise with the best of them without ever seeming bombastic or 'precocious'. Hers aren't throwaway sentiments, while always aware of her capacity as actress, the tone isn't preoccupied with notions of 'legacy'. Instead, Fisher reminds us that sometimes the best of what is close to home resonates more fully set against that which seems 'far, far away' but that is, in its truest sense, ceaselessly and reassuringly human.
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I really enjoyed listening to this, Carrie Fisher's, latest offering.
I was expecting a book all about the behind the scenes thoughts and recollections of Carrie during her filming of the original Star Wars movie, but it turned out not to be so. It is predominantly a reflextion on her dealing with being a Star Wars celebrity, which she recounts in a way that only Carrie can. I laughed out loud many times and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Realy the only thing her "Diary" talks about is a relationship, which I was suprised to discover, which occured between herself and Harrison Ford, during the filming in London.
Anyway, don't expect a Star Wars behind the scenes revelations and you will not be dissapointed. I think the title was a tad missleading, but this probably is because I did not buy the book after reading any reviews or other information, I just grabbed it straight away. Just understand it is more an insite into how Star Wars has made Carrie Fisher into the much loved celebrity that she is today and you will thoroughly enjoy this audio book.
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The only thing better than reading a book by Carrie Fisher, is to have said book read (performed) by Carrie Fisher!
Thank you, Carrie, for your humour, your candour, your creativity, your imperfections, your intellect, your courage, and your Joie de Vivre. We miss you.