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Postcards from the Edge Audio, Cassette – June, 1988
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Postcards from the Edge is quite different from the movie, however. The movie has a linear story that is quite clearly autobiographical for Fisher--Suzanne Vail is a young star undergoes a stomach pump, then drug rehabilitation, and it all is the result of early fame, and a famous mother that the star has yet to really come to terms with. The book, although similar in parts, has a "postcard" feel. The early section is told through the diary entries of Suzanne and Alex, an addicted young screenwriter. Later sections, told only through the point of view of Suzanne, range from entirely dialogue through more traditional third person narrative.
Fisher understands the process of addiction, that searching for escape, then denial, then endless justification. Her portrayal of drug addiction goes beyond drugs--I've never taken any, but I could see the patterns of addiction in terms of my many vices. She also understands the glad-handing movie culture enough to be able to depict it as glamorous, while also showing the pimples underneath.Read more ›
Along the way, you're treated also to early-1990s Hollywood gossip, if you follow it closely enough to figure it out. As in a roman a clef, Fisher sneaks dish about famous figures into every page, and if you read between the lines you can catch the jokes about Geena Davis, Harrison Ford, etc.
Gossip aside, though, this is just a well-written book. It moves quickly, making it a great read, and the humor in it is so smart and black that Fisher's characters emerge as simultaneously courageous and unsure of themselves. This makes her protagonist especially endearing, and since the book in anchored around her, it's great that she's so sympathetic.
I recommend "Postcards from the Edge." It takes a unique look at addiction by spotlighting its sources in and effects on the psyche and self-esteem.
The plot centers on a 30-year-old actress named Susan Vale, and follows her challenges as she overcomes her drug addiction, gets back into the swing of things, and finally falls in love- although her 'unstable' being forbids her from admitting it.
I absolutely adored 'Postcards'! A must-read!
*long live Carrie Fisher*
The text is full of a number of very, very witty one liners, but reaches a great subtext about human bravery in a time when people give other people very little credit for just getting out of bed each day.
This is Fisher's finest book so far.
You will laugh. Trust me.
I lent it to a co-worker who had read very few books in her life and had a short attention span. She wanted to read more, but didn't know how to begin to choose a good book. I'll never forget the smile on her face when she returned it to me and said, "This was great!!"
Whether you read a lot (like me), or a little (like my co-worker), I think you'll enjoy this first novel, certainly way more than you'll enjoy Fisher's second, the waste of time "Surrender the Pink" (annoying title, annoying book).
P.S. I also enjoyed the movie; Meryl Streep's version of the Ray Charles' standard "You Don't Know Me" should have been released as a single -- it was touchingly beautiful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fisher's voice is tangy and biting. The observations of characters and mind ramblings are hilarious. Great book!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love Carrie Fisher's writing style. The subject is serious but written in a style that is sometimes lighthearted and humorous.Published 4 months ago by silady
The book has nothing to do with the movie. This is about Suzanne Vale when she was still in rehab. Her mother is not in this book and for me the relationship with Suzanne and her... Read morePublished 6 months ago by jj1331
excellent read, both funny and tragic. Fisher allows me to see her squirmy insides and shiny battle armour of self deprecating humour. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Carrie Fisher is witty and funny. She sprinkles this story with bits of her own true story which ultimately makes the reader feel a bit sad about the circumstances that lead the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by J. Z.
I've always LOVED this film!!! Though the film is QUITE different from the book. The format, the storyline, the way the "story" unfolds. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie T.