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My Life So Far

by Jane Fonda

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Of course, Jane Fonda apart from being a fantastic actress in her own right, is mainly known as the daughter of the late Henry Fonda, sister of Peter Fonda and aunt of Bridget Fonda. She is also known for speaking out in the 60's during the Vietnam war and has been a voice for many issues over the years. Her autobiography is pretty well packed. A very intelligent woman and quite a force, she tells of her childhood and the effect her parents marriage had on her. She is also quite candid about the choices she made through life whether good or bad. Her mother Frances committed suicide when Jane was 10 years old, after being asked for a divorce by Henry. Jane's relationship with her parents wasn't particularly close and this had a profound effect on Jane later in life. Although very fond of her father and trying to do everything she could to please him, in her marriages she felt that she needed to do right by her husbands at the time for fear of losing them.
However, she has her father's work ethos and in both her acting and campaigning careers, into which she certainly threw her heart and sole. A wonderful autobiography which I think many of us will be able to relate to at least one or two of the issues she raised in the book. It makes you think about your own life, abilities and ghosts that one carries from the past. It makes you look at things differently and realise that life isn't easy for everyone, even the rich and successful. Everyone has their flaws in life. ( )
  booketta | Sep 4, 2012 |
Fonda opened up about her childhood, first loves and marriage, and her activism in the anti-war campaign during Vietnam. However, that's where she ended her story, but that really wasn't her life so far even at the time of publishing. Left me wondering where the rest of her life went and wanting to know about it. Fonda is straight forward and a decent writer. ( )
  Amethyst26 | Aug 23, 2012 |
Fonda covers her accomplished public life (two Academy Awards) while also showing how her addictive personality caused her to make life choices which hindered her own long sought desire for self-fulfillment. The book is not flattering but shows her attempt to accept her many flaws. These flaws would be glaring and almost unimaginable to most American women.
I read this to weigh her opinion of her Hanoi misadventure. She still maintains that she has no regrets over having gone to protest the war, just regrets about being a “novice” revolutionary who was miscast as wanting the US to lose the war and wanting “us” to be killed. She does regret having the photo taken on the AAA site wearing a helmet. She does regret that her actions appeared callus with regard to U.S. soldiers. There are other statements she makes that strain credulity. She says that she did not cause anyone to be tortured, that torture had stopped by 1969, and that torture was not the policy of the North Vietnamese government. A large number of U.S. POW memoirs will say that these statements were false. The POWs speak about the torturers saying that they (the POWs) were receiving “lenient treatment” for their crimes, as they were being tortured. She claims the CIA, FBI, NSA and DIA all had files on her after her trip.
Strangely enough, I found Fonda’s book interesting even as I felt sorrow for her shallow understanding of her personal situations. She says, for instance, how impressed she was that Ted Turner rewrote the 10 commandments! She also wrongly believes that the gnostic gospels were written during the formation of the New Testament canon. However, I salute her desire to live a life of searching for her own spiritual connection to God, even if it did imbalance a marriage she enjoyed. This is a book especially for women, and women interested in self-empowerment.
  sacredheart25 | Feb 13, 2012 |
A well written and interesting tale that became tedious at times because of the author's tendency to ramble. At 584 pages it was far too long. With some slick editing this would have been an excellent read as the content especially around the Vietnam conflict time was most interesting. ( )
1 vote bibliaugrapher | Apr 27, 2009 |
Not yet read.
  majorbabs | Apr 4, 2008 |
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One of the most recognizable women of our time, America knows Jane Fonda as actress, activist, feminist, wife, and workout guru. In her extraordinary memoir, Fonda divides her life into three acts: her childhood, early films, and first marriage make up act one; her growing career in film, marriage to Ted Turner, and involvement in the Vietnam War belong to act two; and the third act belongs to the future, in which she hopes to "begin living consciously," and inspire others who can learn from her experiences. Fonda reveals intimate details and universal truths that she hopes "can provide a lens through which others can see their lives and how they can live them a little differently."

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Fonda divides her "life so far" into three "acts," writing about her childhood, first films, and marriage to Roger Vadim in Act One. These early years are marked by profound sadness: her mother's mental illness and suicide when Jane is twelve years old, her father's emotional distance, and her personal struggle to find her way in the world. By her second act, she lays the foundation for her activism, even as her career takes flight. She highlights her struggle to live consciously and authentically while remaining in the public eye as she recounts her marriages to Tom Hayden and Ted Turner, and examines her controversial and defining involvement with the Vietnam War. As her film career grows, Fonda learns to incorporate her roles into a larger vision of what matters most in her life. In her third act, she is prepared to do the work of a lifetime--to begin living consciously in a way that might inspire others who can learn from her experiences.… (more)

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