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on 7 January 2017
Not the diaries of a young Carrie Fisher which is what I'd expected. Just a few poetic thoughts of the then 19 year old, midway through several chapters of Carrie reflecting back on her affair with Harrison Ford in 1977. Her voice was not pleasant to listen to (in the audio book format) as her nasal passages are severely blocked, and we all know why! Perhaps her daughter could have narrated the whole thing instead?
Much attention is given to the experience of being a celebrity along with enduring the obsessive rants (verbatim) of fanatics at signings, which was, frankly, rather boring to listen to. She contradicts herself on a few things, for example, the fact that her affair with Harrison was mutually casual with no expectations, which she claims suited her, yet she also talks of being infatuated with him as she indulged in fantasies of marriage and long term commitment. I am intrigued by that fact that she tries desperately to detach her own persona from that of Princess Leia's; yet she often refers to Leia in the first person!
I'm a big fan of Star Wars and have always enjoyed Carrie's TV interviews but this did not cut the mustard for me. I got through it all, after falling asleep on a few occasions, so it was OK, or I would have given up. However, I wouldn't pass this on to anyone I know as an inspirational or insightful read which says it all really.
That being said, I was sad to hear of her death; so young really- RIP Carrie.