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My Life So Far by [Fonda, Jane]
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My Life So Far Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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"This book redefines autobiogaphy. It's not just an autobiography, it's a journey" -- Lord Putnam

"an unusually worthwhile autobiography...intense, intelligent, supremely committed. Always worthy of our time and attention" -- Daily Telegraph

"endearingly earnest, honestly intelligent" -- Sunday Times

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"Jane Fonda's biog...still leaves you wanting more."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6093 KB
  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital; New Ed edition (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XVYENM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
When I first looked at this book I thought that any book by Jane Fonda could not be worth 5 stars. I pretty well had made up my mind on 4 stars, even before I broke the cover and turned the first page, especially since there is a picture of a sexy young Jane on the back cover. Obviously she is still selling sex. But given the length of the book and the amount of detail, it is hard not to give her full marks.
I picked up a copy at a local outlet of a national chain bookstore where they had installed a special display rack just for her book. It held three books deep, five across and five shelves high, or about 75 books or more. That compares with a dozen or so books for most other best selling authors. So the stores and Amazon.com are geared up for this book; in all likelihoods it will not disappoint the book stores. It is a fairly well executed job - overall.
The book is just under 600 pages - very long - and divided into three sections 0 to 30 years, 30 to 60, and post 60 years of age to simplify the division, and that covers 39 chapters. The post 60 part is short, and the middle section is fairly long. She has lots of excellent photos from her families, movies, the ranches, protests, Vietnam, etc. but instead of two or three groups of pictures, they are spread throughout the book, so the text and photos go together, and this makes the whole book a lot more effective. She takes us through the ups and downs of her life including the troubled marriages, the activism, the movies, etc. and the reader gets an idea of how she has evolved, changed, survived, and what are her present values, and what is her present direction.
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Format: Hardcover
Although it has been about fifteen years since Jane Fonda last appeared in a film, the superb actress, with two Academy Awards under her belt for being the BEST at her craft, has done so much more in her life, with her life, than perform on the Big Screen. For those too young to have seen her the first time around in "Barbarella," "Cat Ballou," "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" "Klute," "Julia," "Coming Home," "On Golden Pond," and so many other movie greats, all the publicity surrounding "My Life So Far" might stir the interest of younger folks to view Ms. Fonda's extensive repertoire. I can't think of a more worthwhile and entertaining endeavor.
For me, a film lover and Jane Fonda fan from way back, this autobiography held many surprises. My longtime image of Ms. Fonda has always been of a woman secure within herself, grounded, self-assured. Au contraire. The product of a privileged background, intelligent, creative, beautiful, talented, Jane was not as aware of her strengths as she was of her perceived weaknesses, which she really homed-in on. It is not difficult to understand the roots of her tremendous lack of self-esteem and neediness. Reading about the Fonda family, their interactions and life together while Jane and her brother, Peter, were growing up, is terribly sad. Her father was withdrawn, brooding, and distant. His lack of presence in his children's lives had a tremendous impact.For years she felt tremendous guilt for not saying a final goodbye to her mom Katherine Hepburn, who worked with both Henry and Jane in the movie, "On Golden Pond," noted the actor's extremely cold attitude toward his daughter. It appears that even at the end of Henry Fonda's life, including the evening Jane accepted the Oscar for Best Actor for him, he never gave her the approval she so longed for.
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Format: Paperback
I think the most positive thing about this book is Jane Fonda's revelation that she, like so many women of her generation, has forever been entrenched in the classic father-daughter drama: "All my life I had been a father's daughter, trapped in a Greek drama, like Athena, who sprang fully formed from the head of her father, Zeus - disciplined, driven." She admits to spending her lifetime swimming in the slipstreams of men - first siding as a child with her famous dad (the back flap has a picture of her intently gazing at him whilst he looks away), following him into the acting business, then taking shelter in a series of marriages with powerful, awe-inspiring men. In each relationship she seemed to take on a new self, engaging in threesomes with prostitutes to please French director Roger Vadim, morphing into a political fundraiser for Democrat Tom Hayden and becoming a careerless, corporate wife with breast implants for media mogul and ex-Republican Ted Turner.

This is what she diagnoses as "the disease to please", which leads women to dissociate their heads from their bodies and to subjugate themselves to oppression so as to retain the love of their men. But just when you think a clear feminist narrative and a whole, integrated identity are managing to emerge, Fonda goes and throws herself down at the altar of the fathers of patriarchy in the third act of her life and embraces Christianity, whilst simultaneously preaching of the importance of 'leaving the father's house'.

This is just one of many paradoxes to Jane Fonda. She seems to have spent most of her life ricocheting between radical poles of behaviour like a true chameleon: fitness queen in lycra with a huge empire (17 million videos sold! They're coming out on DVD soon!
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