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Fear of Flying: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 8, 2013
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For all of its class-bound preoccupations and the cramped horizons of its political vision, Fear of Flying does remain an important document, of both the literature and the emerging gender protest of its age. Its greatest triumph is the depiction of a female psyche battling the forces of loneliness while still yearning for pleasure. It’s a brilliant portrayal of how differently women experience existentialism, romance, and solitude. —Natasha Vargas-Cooper
“The first true loss of intimacy, security, and love in a woman's life typically brings her face to face with the terror of being alone: She must endure the insane pounding heart and not go mad. This is what Erica Jong's classic novel Fear of Flying is really all about: being snipped from the emotional strings that tie you to a man, going into free fall, and, perhaps, learning to fly.” ―BookForum
“A passionate novel... the body wanting sex, sex, sex and love and safety, comfort; the mind wanting freedom, independence, the power to work.... wonderfully funny and sad, witty and agonizing, brilliant, sensual, serious.” ―Hannah Green
“Belongs to and hilariously extends the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint.... [F]earless and fresh, tender and exact...” ―John Updike
“The boundary-breaking novel that redefined sexuality.” ―O magazine
“The book that started it all by the woman who started it all.” ―Naomi Wolf
“Extraordinary...at once wildly funny and very wise.” ―Los Angeles Times
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What I love is the way she included so many important aspects of life and the fanciful way she tied her modern Hollywood struggles to life in the Serenisima, the original name of the book. She shows class structure, then and now, anti-semitism, the church actually killing babies born out of wedlock. She elevates love making and the sexual description of female genetalia to a par with Shakespeare. Her descriptions of the ecstasy she fantasizes between herself and the male lovers is exquisite.
Her inclusion of Shakespeare's sonnets is a bonus.
All in all, it is great education for male and female alike and a fun read.