Friday, April 21, 2017

The Princess Diarist (by Carrie Fisher)

Carrie Fisher's Star Wars memoir that actually is more a meditation on celebrity, with an emphasis on her affair with Harrison Ford. (I had imagined this was more of  a casual mention, but it's really a huge part of the book).  She narrates the book herself and her daughter, Billie Lourde, narrates the diary excerpts.

The diary excerpts mostly qualify as emo poetry and are heavy on wordplay and very light on actual concrete detail and gossip.  I was hoping for more details about the movies themselves. The memoir that frames the diary is also heavy on wordplay and wit (in the classic Carrie Fisher style) and is honest, funny, and sometimes sadly ironic (references to her eventual demise).  I was disappointed in the diary parts, and really enjoyed the other parts.

RIP Carrie Fisher. You are missed.

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