POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE is the semi autobiographical novel based on the turbulent life of Carrie Fisher.The first third of the story recounting 30 days of actress Suzanne Vale s life in rehab was pretty intense and nerve racking readingfor meand if you can get through lives and stories of drug dealers, addicts and rather disgusting Hollywood types in those pages, the rest of the novel will be a breeze.While I loved the movie with its witty and sarcastic dark humor, the novel came acrossfor meas kind of a downer, and except for a few similarities here and there, quite different from the flick.Overall, despite her Hollywood fame and superstar upbringing, I came away from this read feeling sad and sorry for Carrie Fisher with all the difficulties she faced with her health and life. Carrie Fisher October 21, 1957 December 27, 2016 ok.you know that moment, at the party you didn t want to come to, filled with the important people from work who don t really like you, standing in the corner of the apartment marked specifically for losers and the apartment cat who is now drunk and stuffed on mini shrimp popper appetizers the moment where you realize that you didn t wear the right shoes, your dress is being worn as a shirt by the most beautiful woman in the room, and everyone in the entire WORLD is staring at you when they are not too busy rubbing elbows, sucking up, or have just plain finished judging everyone closest too them and have run out of material yeah, that moment.i ve never been addicted to cocaine, so i can t really review what i don t know but let s be honest it sounded AWESOME carrie fisher, i didn t think standing around being stoned in the empire strikes back was going to prepare you for anything later in life, because that s what they taught us in DARE but apparently it prepared you to be super observant, hilariosly witty, and amazingly devious in your vary ing writing styles vary ing what can my editor get on that spelling please thnx i was amused throughout, an impressive feat because the only thing boring than reading about people doing drugs, making bad decisions, having disgustingly casual sex, and laying around gorging themselves in self pity is watching it eg scorpio rising the entire film anyway, back to that moment i was amused throughout because i spent most of throughout thinking, oh shit, i ve done that i ve thought that i ve said that exact thing, out loud, in front of a bunch of people who probably shouldn t have heard it no matter how different the characters are from you, their stream of concious honesty taps those inner demons we try so very hard to keep under wraps judgemental, annoyed, impatient, self doubting, and insecure, we ve all stood in the corner of the room with the drunk housepet and simultaneously worried about our hair while berating the host for her absyminal choice in cutlery and we don t feel bad about it either.maybe we DO need another therapy session for this, but hell, we like your writing, ms fisher, and we don t intend to stop reading soon we as in plural as in when did this review jump from me to we can i get an editor on that thnx In her first piece of fiction, Fisher seeks to relay some sentiments through this quasi biographical story Suzanne Vale is an actress who has succumbed to the horrors of addiction and finds herself in a treatment facility While there, she recounts some of her views on fellow addicts and the trials of life on the inside Released back into her real world, Vale begins the slow process of re establishing herself, securing a new agent while trying to return to the life she knows so well However, as seems to be the yoke of all those who have tasted fame, she finds herself in a form of purgatory, unsure where she fits in and how others will see her By the end of this short piece, she has found a form of amorous connection, though it is unclear if it will be long lasting Truly a scattering of thoughts that tries to relate back to her own life, Fisher may have work her side buns too tightly if this is supposed to be high quality writing.I respect that everyone has their life and ideas that shape them I also am sure that it is difficult to be a Hollywood actress and face the rigours of the bright lights and paparazzi on a daily basis However, like all people, actors are people and have to face the everyday world Fisher seeks, I think, to portray a form of herself in the Vale character, but it comes across as a justification for acts and serves as a trivial and superficial approach to life A few characters who were lacklustre and a plot was there one At times I was unsure what I was reading, wondering if this might be some form of monologue that sought to tell stories and anecdotes This was not a story as much as it was a means to express herself without using her own name and experiences If only to honour her recent passing, I will likely try the second Vale piece and see what comes of this, but I am certain to list RETURN TO SENDER on this particular postcard.Thank you Madam Fisher for your insights Perhaps stick to recounting stories about yourself and not using a straw man in the form of Suzanne Vale Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at I enjoyed Carrie s first novel It was witty and interesting Suzanne is obviously based loosely on her life from other stories I have read of hers I feel like this was one of the first behind the scenes of Hollywood I m sure there were things before this, but this was a big tell all basically.There was the rehab portion, the looking for love portion of the book and the part where she is trying to accept normal portion I felt the dialogue was snappy, there were funny moments I enjoy the story I was entertained For a debut author, I think this was a strong start I have 3 Carrie books left. Fisher Beautifully Brings Readers The Inside Of Hollywood Through A Web Of Humor, Drugs, Relationships, Hollywood Party Terror, And Much The Plot Centers On A Year Old Actress Named Suzanne Vale, And Follows Her Challenges As She Overcomes Her Drug Addiction, Gets Back Into The Swing Of Things, And Falls In Love, Sort Of Motherfucking goddam shit Rest in peace Carrie, you were wonderful Get better soon Carrie, you wonderful nutbag Am listening to Hearts and Bones and sending thoughts and strength and health in your direction. This was Ms Carrie Fisher s debut novel and it s a good one It s honest, fun, and quite realistic of the struggles of being a recovering pills addict and famous actress who doesn t quite know what normal is but trying to find a sense of normalcy Like everyone in the world, Suzanne has doubts about herself, her life choices, and career as a movie star and I understood and connected with that I m a worrier and Suzanne is a worrier too The only thing I didn t quite like about the plot is how we heard a little about Suzanne s mom or her co workers on the cop movie she was working on in the book We didn t hear about them after the sections they were mentioned in and I would have enjoyed hearing about how she felt about her mom and how the movie turned out Thankfully we heard about a few other people in Suzanne s life like her friend Lucy and her beau near the end of the book It s a debut novel so I understand that it won t be perfect but it was still really good, but if I m honest I could probably forget about it the time passes.I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook as I really like Ms Fisher s voice She really made this listening experience that much better I ll definitely listen to of her audiobooks so I can her Ms Fisher s voice. Sometimes I feel like I ve got my nose pressed up against the window of a bakery, only I m the bread. In Postcards from the Edge, Carrie Fisher writes a part fiction, part memoirs account about the highs and lows of life in Hollywood And by that, I mean the highs of drug consumption followed by the lows of withdrawal during the inevitable stay in rehab.It is truly fascinating to listen to the her voice spewing the most intricate, absurdist, intellectual and insightful witticisms, trying to catch every nuance and subtlety of the jokes that keep coming at you at a hundred miles an hour You get a little bit of an understanding of the sheer power of Fisher s intelligence as well as wondering just how painful and exhausting it must be to live inside her out of control freight train mind Especially in Tinsel Town, where people quite seriously argue the merits of the Beatles over Noel Coward at a Beverly Hills soiree.The film version of Postcards from the Edge is one of my absolute all time favorite comedies I believe Fisher also wrote the screenplay It was interesting to see how she worked a traditional, linear, narrative plotline out of the scattered and disjointed essays that make up these memoirs Fisher definitely pulled the best bits out and came out with a few additional zingers for the film What I liked most about the movie is that it emphasized the dysfunctional, whackadoodle, and fiercely loving relationship she has with her movie star legend mother Debbie Reynolds, a tour de force, genius performance by Reynolds personal friend, Shirley Maclaine.This book, and Fisher s dry, dark, deadpan style, might be off putting for many but I personally eat that kind of humor up, so I can t wait to delve into some of her other, contemporary works Princess Leia doesn t even scratch the surface of who this woman is. I searched what became one of my favourite online bookstores for Carrie Fisher in the hope of finding a copy of Wishful Drinking Instead, I found myself staring at a list of available titles that included Postcards from the Edge And the question was, why not Postcards from the Edge mainly follows the story of an actress who found her way to a rehab clinic after losing almost for good her life to drugs Suzanne has reached her thirties and, after her drug scandal, is having a hard time finding work and love In her search for both, with the sometimes helpful hand of her family, friends and therapist, she learns that perhaps one should just enjoy the ride instead of trying to stop the roller coaster from going With its awe inspiring ups and its life threatening lows, it s an adventure of a lifetime.Suzanne, with her endearingly honest voice, grows on you She s so incredibly human, so someone you may know, so you I believe it s practically impossible not to start rooting for her as she tries to find her way One of the dots that make up her silhouette will certainly connect with one of yours And the ending it s just life Postcards from the Edge is clever, hilarious, wise, real all of it bottled up in simplistic, yet rather profound, writing I would definitely prescribe it ah , recommend it.If I was curious about Wishful Drinking before, I am now sure that I must find myself a copy view spoiler P.S I thought Alex would end up being relevant as a character Still, I couldn t post this review without mentioning how amazingly written he is hide spoiler For someone who suffered from drug addiction and depression, Carrie Fisher was a force to be reckoned with when it came to being in touch with her feelings She really puts them out there in the embodiment of Suzanne Vale, the novel s main character Geez, she must have felt incredibly vulnerable doing so, too both as a big celebrity presence and as a former addict If anyone in Hollywood and America didn t know her story, they knew now And was she funny There are some truly memorable lines here I laughed out loud at the scene between Suzanne and Jack Burroughs, as they talk at length about their non relationship Not to mention, the very heady insightfulness found in the story, which is ultimately, about growing up and having hope I could relate to many of the sound bites found here, about men, dating, love, depression, body parts Why couldn t I articulate them as well Since the novel takes you through late 80 s Hollywood, I enjoyed guessing who many of the figures were in real life who randomly pop up throughout the book The party scene was filled with larger than life assholish artistes and in one instance, I could swear Selena Warner was channeling Joan Collins.I especially like thisgee, I wished I had thought of thatgem gleamed from dialogue between friends and actresses Suzanne and Lucy toward the end of the novelGuys are great before you know who they are, said Lucy They re great when you re still with who they might be Rest in peace, Carrie You were truly one of the greats.
Carrie Fisher was an American actress, screenwriter and author, most famous for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy Fisher was the daughter of singer
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