Lucky Man Paperback – 1 Apr 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 the Hardcover edition.
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Michael grew up in a Canadian military family that moved around a lot. He got his first acting job as a teenager, then dropped out of school to try his luck in Hollywood. The tv series Family Ties brought him stardom, and the rest is history. This is not a Hollywood insider's kiss-and-tell book, however. Indeed, there is no name-dropping or gossip about the rich and famous. He focuses, instead, on how the love of his parents, siblings, wife, and four children has kept him grounded, helped him overcome alcoholism, and now gives him strength in his battle with Parkinson's disease.
Fox loved his work, and faces life without acting, because of the increasingly debilitating symptoms of PD. He is hopeful for a cure, takes an active part in educating people about it, and helps raise money for research. This is a quick read, engagingly written, short on self-pity and long on gratitude for his career and his family. I recommend it to his fans and to those who want to learn more about Parkinson's disease.
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.
He is honest, and writes extremely well. He goes through it all, from the beginning of his life to where he is right now, and I felt I'd become his friend by the end. He tells his story the way somebody would sit next to you and tell you a story, engaging you rather than just lecturing you.
Anyway I don't want to go into details and in effect ruin all the great stories he has to tell. Just buy the book, it's cheap. Read it and you'll enjoy it and I think you might be all the better for it. You'll just feel happier.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book full of the real Michael J Fox following the highs and lows of his career and how he takes PD in his stride by looking at it as a gift and not a curse.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is completely worthy of a 5 star rating for its honesty and complete openness from the very first page. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K Nhs worker
Inspiring and funny at the same time. You never feel sorry for him because that's not why he's writing it and that comes over in the style. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Leif
Decided to order this having started the second book on holiday (Kindle). Yet to read it, but based on the reviews I have a feeling it won't take me long.Published 4 months ago by Roz
An enjoyable read about a once favourite actor. Interesting to learn and understand more about Parkinson's and I enjoyed Fox's style of writing.Published 4 months ago by R. Thomas
The book was very well written, both frank and honest and in parts scary, this could happen to anyone of us. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chrissy
An honest and well written book, very moving , Michael goes through his life and gives a personal opinion on his condition ,a must readPublished 8 months ago by Sharon