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What Falls Away Paperback – December 1, 1997
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed it.
The talented Miss Farrow is an effective narrator, recounting her life without fanfare or hyperbole. She admits to her own weaknesses (you should read Eddie Fisher's autobiography for a non-example of THAT!), and she confesses that her movie-baby upbringing skewed her perspective of normalcy that most of us take for granted. She didn't even realize Frank Sinatra was a legend at the time of their marriage, for example.
She bubbles over trials (polio as a youngster, the death of her father, her divorces) with the attitude that negativity deserves no chance to crush the present. However, she spends more time on Allen; her account rings with absolute sincerity as she describes the ongoing perversions of his behavior with their daughter Dylan (and readily confesses her own "wrongness" for not stopping the inappropriateness long before she actually did, earning my respect). She even included, in an appendix, the court decision refusing Allen custody of the three children they shared and the reasons why.
Her anger does appear in defense of Dylan and especially upon discovery of Allen's affair with Soon-Yi, her daughter with Andre Previn. She describes without an iota of rancor or hatred scenes of him attempting to justify himself, but I could not help but want to smack him hard for the damage he foisted on innocent children.Read more ›
However, Mia bares much of the responsibility for how the whole thing played out. As a mother, your #1 priority is to protect your children. Time after time she was blatantly shown that Woody was deceitful and not to be trusted. By staying with that selfish, abusive, manipulative monster of a person, she continued to expose her children to irreparable harm. I am sure that this is something that she will never forgive herself for. I still cannot figure out why she allowed this sick dysfunction of a life to go on. It wasn't like she was dependent on him financially and he cared nothing about any of the children though she hoped he would one day (one of the first things he told her when they got together was that he did not like children...HELLO IS ANYONE HOME!!!). He did not even care for his own biological son. All he cared about was his sick obsession with Dylan. It was easy for him to molest Dylan and then have sex with Soon Yi because in his own words, they were not his biological children. Anyone that could defend such acts is a menace to society.
In a way it was brave of her to write this book as she was unafraid to show herself as well as others in a negative light. It will also help her children to understand her as well as their own lives better instead of hearing rumors and false stories from other people. The book in and of itself does no harm to the children in my opinion. The truth of what actually happened and how they experienced it is where the real damage is done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok I think this book would be great for some people. It just did not hold my interest.Published 5 months ago by T. M. C.
This is an easy-to-read book, for the large part, until one gets to the relationship Farrow has with Woody Allen and the horrors that relationship reeks on her large young... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Cynthia
This book is so well written, detailed, and humorous. It touches on very serious topics, but what can one expect from one of those Hollywood persons. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert
Mia Farrow expresses herself very well in this book. She has captured the essence of her generation. One has to admire her commitment as a mother to so many children.Published on May 3, 2014 by Grace
Mia is really good at making her writing fun to read. This book was a fast read and very very interesting. Read morePublished on April 15, 2014 by Ruby J. Kloss