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Lucky Man: A Memoir Paperback – 2 Jan 2003
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The same sharp intelligence and self-deprecating wit that made Michael J Fox a star in the Spin City television series and Back to the Future films make Lucky Man a lot punchier than the usual up-from-illness celebrity memoir.
Yes, he begins with the first symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the incurable illness that led to his retirement from Spin City (and acting) in 2000. And yes, he assures us he is a better, happier person now than he was before he was diagnosed. In Fox's case, you actually might believe it, because he then cheerfully exposes the insecurities and self-indulgences of his pre-Parkinson's life in a manner that makes them not glamorous but wincingly ordinary and of course very funny. ("As for the question, 'Does it bother you that maybe she just wants to sleep with you because you're a celebrity?' My answer to that one was, 'Ah... nope.'")
From a Canadian, working-class background, Fox has an unusually detached perspective on the madness of mass-media fame; his description of the tabloid feeding-frenzy surrounding his 1988 wedding to Tracy Pollan, for example, manages to be both acid and matter-of-fact. He is frank but not maudlin about his drinking problem, and he refreshingly notes that getting sober did not automatically solve all his other problems. This readable, witty autobiography reminds you why it was generally a pleasure to watch Fox on screen: he's a nice guy with an edge, and you don't have to feel embarrassed about liking him. --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"An enthralling story, told with verve and dexterity" (Sunday Times)
"Don't miss this compelling and witty tale of the actor's 11 year fight with Parkinson's disease. An intelligent, poignant and funny read" (Woman's Own)
"A poignant story, well worth reading" (OK)
"Well-written and insightful ... a rare, unmissable memoir" (Heat)
"Real power … compelling reading … his book often has the intensity of a thriller" (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
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This book is just brilliant. Yes, of course it does talk about his Parkinsons disease, but there is so much more to the book than this. Autobiography's can always be so self absorbed and padded out with detail on publicity that we all know about already, but this book is just educational!
He talks about the problems of families, stardom, being a role model, his relationships good and bad, the horrible disease of Parkinsons (Which I knew little about before I read this) and then where all of that has left him now.
I would thorougly recommended this book to anyone. You will not be dissapointed.
Michael J Fox charts his fantastic success against the odds and illustrates how he managed to cope with Parkinsons disease during his film career from an emotional and practical (timing the use of drugs) perspective.
Michael deals with his illness with a sense of optimism and honesty that is inspiring and leaves the reader in envy as opposed to feeling pity for his physical suffering.
You wont stop until you have finished this well written and candid look at Hollywood and the life of a true star.
A must read for all Michael J Fox fans or otherwise.
Firstly, unlike other memoirs and autobiographies, this is not boring. It doesn't detail every single moment from birth to present day, just the important bits. So, you don't have to be a hardcore fan to read it basically. If you are, even better.
It charts his life defining moments from childhood living in army barracks, to his rise in fame and fortune, with various rocks along the way. Fox does not write for want of sympathy or a plea for donations to the foundation for P.D in his name, but to let you, the reader get in touch with him and throughout the book, you really feel like you know him personally.
Because of the personal nature of the content, Mike wrote it himself and i think that that really helps. He does not 'big himself up' or make himself out to be an idol, yet when you read about his sucess and good times, you want to punch the air and shout 'You the man!'
Overall, this book is just as interesting as whatching his films, and certainly more interesting than today's TV (and that comes from a 16 year old!). It is such a joy to read, and is expertly written. His style is so smooth on paper and despite being a high school drop-out, his work easily matches that of many a great author, what with the metaphors and clever humour. You can really see that this is one comedy actor that doesn't need a comedy script writer to be funny.
Half way through you will flick through the last half and think: "Oh no! only another 150 pages to go." I enjoyed this book so much i was truly dissapointed when i finished it in the early hours of this morning. And so i leave you with this advice, start reading early in the evening because come bed-time, you wont want to stop.
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