Sunday, January 4, 2009
Carrie Fisher's Book "Wishful Drinking"
I took some time to look at Carrie Fisher's new book Wishful Drinking the other day. Princess Leia's done a lot of interviews and promotion about the book so I thought I would give it a shot. Most of the reviews seem to refer to the book as 'funny.'
I didn't find it so.
There's a strong sadness and detachment that permeates this whole narrative. Fisher says often that she is, by virtue of her lineage and familial circumstances, different from most. Many of the jokes are made at the expense of her upbringing and, while I was expecting to be amused by the many anecdotes and vignettes, I found out that I wasn't.
On the other hand, the book reads very quickly and it provides a 'reading' of old-school Hollywood.
And to quote one of Fisher's own lines from the book: “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.” And perhaps therein lies the sadness.