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My Fractured Life [Paperback]

Rikki Lee Travolta
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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing.com (15 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741412675
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741412676
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,447,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outside the Norm 22 Feb 2005
There are distinct elements of Running With Scissors, Dry, and A Million Little Pieces leaping from the pages of My Fractured Life. All are exceptional books and compliment Travolta's work well. Ultimately there is something different about My Fractured Life that sets it slightly outside the norm - either for better or for worse. It echoes back to William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch. Considered a modern literature classic for the past 35 years, Naked Lunch goes far beyond telling a story about an addict, it literally mirrors the nightmarish working of an addict's brain. There is a similar element that is captured in My Fractured Life. It is not for the faint of heart, yet it is unforgettable. There will always be similarities between addiction books like My Fractured Life, Running With Scissors, A Million Little Pieces, Cracked, and Postcards From the Edge, what really made My Fractured Life distinct for me is beyond the material. There is a certain ode to Burroughs' style that has not really been visited since perhaps Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Naked Lunch, and Junkie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll Need Your Shots 16 May 2005
By A Customer
Ever wonder what was going through the heads of Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, or River Phoenix as they through away their careers with drugs or other self-destructive behavior? Now can know what that "logic" is, and it is fascinating. The Travolta family are big names in Hollywood and Rikki has seen it all and answers all the mysteries I ever wondered about of why stars destroy themselves. Some of the stuff he talks about can be hard edged such star drug abuse or sexual promiscuity, but it is extremely compelling. Nothing is for shock value and it is all woven as a fascinating story (rather than a report). I felt like I had been up all night after reading it because it took me on a journey and then it was done and I was alone again. It is an emotional experience to read it and well worth it (although you may want a B-12 shot afterwards).
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Thumbs Up 13 July 2005
My Fractured Life is a fantastically captivating and unique twist on the literary fiction genre. Although my wife tossed out comparisons to CATCHER IN THE RYE by JD SALINGER, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE by CARRIE FISHER, and LESS THAN ZERO by BRETT EASTON ELLIS, I hesitate to jump so fast into the comparison market. I observe elements of these and other vastly varying genres, but no singular parallel. I argue instead that it is unique in its nature, and that is why my vote of greatness (even when we agree on a book being great, the wife and I can't even agree on why). No matter whether you agree with me that it is unique or my wife that it is like past greats, this is surely a unique and rewarding book for those who appreciate satire and black humor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond with Salty Tongue 19 Jan 2005
By A Customer
Interesting to read the writing of the actor that the news is saying may end up being the next James Bond. There is a certain Bond-like wit and humor to his writing. Not a Bond story by any means but does a nice slice and dice of the movie studio industry. There is a bit of Trainspotting to his writing too I'd say. Clearly influenced by classic American literature with images that remind of Catcher in the Rye and East of Eden.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly and tedious 28 Nov 2003
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
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I do not understand the notoriety of this book. My initial impression after 20 pages: The fictional character depicted here is a self-absorbed neurotic. That impression solidified after 100 pages. Repeatedly, the "protagonist" puts himself down , then self-exults in the same paragraph. He is clueless, but imagines his boring blather is ironic and honest. How subtle. Tedious junk no matter how you cut it.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars i don't know where to start. 30 Aug 2010
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Neither well-written or enlightening. It is questionable whether or not the quotations on the jacket are genuine. The author's IMbd page has nothing of substance on it. Google his name, and you will find nothing on the net about him except an "unofficial" fan page that I think he may have put up himself.

For a great a Hollywood tell-all, skip this and try David Cassidy's books; Growing Up Brady, by Barry Williams; Little Girl Lost, by Drew Barrymore, Call Me Anna, the Autobiography of Patty Duke, or the best book of this type ever.....I'm with the Band, by Pamela Des Barres .
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 30 Aug 2010
By Cali Lando Brown - Published on Amazon.com
I don't give many 5 star reviews, but this book blew me away. The writing is top notch. The story is incredibly sad, though. It tells the story of a fictional b-movie actor trying to get by after his star has lost it's shine - kind of like The Wrestler except about Hollywood actors.
52 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars cautionary and delusional tale 18 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book for research purposes because of references made by other reviewers to "hollywood stories". After finishing the book I just feel sad for the author because he clearly gets that he's not the "big celebrity" he so often refers to himself as, nor does he begin to circulate in the arena of celebrity in hollywood. His "stories" are self aggrandising though couched in self depracation. I can find no reference to the "hit" television series that made him a "big star" on any of the enterainment databases and he never mentions what network originally aired the show beyond an unamed cable network airing reruns. He trades on the tragedy of his friend "Jesse" who kills himself after throwing in the towel on an acting career that is sabotaged by the powerful celebrity family of his famous father who would never claim his illegitimate son. He candidly admits that his friend is a raging alcoholic but the real reason the guy didn't make it is the machiavellian machinations of some unamed hollywood movie star's family? The only reference to the author on any entertainment database is as an uncredited body double in the film EdTV. This poor guy "made it" in his own mind only and his book is the boring retelling of that delusion. I would say that this is an excellent book to pass along to a marginally talented high school theatre student living in the midwest as a cautionary tale EXCEPT that they might think that they too can be a big star like Rikki Lee Travolta and miss the point that he's just another wannabe with substance abuse issues and a big fantasy life.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great work of Fiction 9 Jun 2010
By zeitgeist - Published on Amazon.com
I was confused by the reviews on this site because they all are critical of this story not being true - but it's a fiction novel so it's not supposed to be true. I found it to be a very interesting story about a lifestyle most of us will never get to experience (Hollywood's underground drug scene). And yes it is very believably written so I guess I understand people being confused and reviewing it as a biography. But it does say right there in the book that it is a novel and a work of fiction.
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