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Fear of Flying Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 2003
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I read it. And it's turned out to be one of my favorite books. Not because it got me hot and bothered.. it wasn't any more "steamy" than an episode of NYPD blue, but because I found myself identifying so much with Isadora's plight... her urge to find herself, to balance her love for her husband with her urge to find the "zipless f***" and to do it all in a society that frowned upon a healthy sexual appetite in women.
Some people have found that the novel is self-serving and self-righteous, but not a drop of that came through to me. As a matter of fact, I was shocked to hear it!
I loved the book and I think most young women would too - which is why you're hearing a heartfel reccomendation from me!
This book has so many ways to praise it one hardly knows where to begin. But as a man too young to read it in 1973, I am profoundly grateful to Ms. Jong for the opportunity to read and grow with it now and, no doubt, many times in the future (seeing it back in print, I quickly purchased 3 copies to get me through several more planned readings in the coming years). This edition features the new 2002 afterword by the author, which is invaluable. Jong's perspective on the value of the book, its uncertain early history, publishing stats, and humbling effect on the lady herself add to the novel's resonance. This may be told from a much-needed woman's persepective, but I refuse to label it as "women's" or "feminine" lit. This towering work should not be so conveniently monikered. Its far too challenging, and important, for that. How about simply "classic"?
The thing that consistently struck me about the character Isadora White Wing was that she is not a fictional character. Through every scene I felt that I was reading a memoir, a self-portrait, not a novel. It's all GIVE, GIVE, GIVE to ME, ME, ME because I am so SPECIAL, SPECIAL, SPECIAL. Not once does Jong describe an event or situation in which Isadora does something giving or caring for another person, for a husband or lover, other than opening her legs or mouth -- which was one hundred percent for her benefit or pleasure anyway. She does not cook a meal, make a home, give a gift, bestow any genuine affection. She does not have a kind word for anyone, including, of course, her sisters and parents, all of whom are skewered relentlessly. It is supposed to be satire, I guess. But it is not funny. Especially the chapter about visiting her sister's family in Beirut, Lebanon.
She describes hiding as a girl among the mink coats in her mother's closet which reeked of "Joy" perfume, and pretending to disown her parents on family trips to Paris and London. She makes fun of secretaries and in fact anyone who has a job. Poor, poor Isadora.Read more ›
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Erica Jong has a fabulous vocabulary which challenged me throughout the book. Good character development and entertaining episodes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Spratt
I read this book on its 40th anniversary. The forward explained the importance of its history in the 1970's when women had less choice about a career and a life outside of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wyoming Bas Bleu
Horrible book. I usually never leave a book unfinished this I could not bear to complete. Sorry.Published 1 month ago by Kimar
This book needs no more reviews; but I’m a compulsive reviewer, so here goes.
I’m of the generation the author writes about in this modern classic and found so many points on... Read more