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Flying 0th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0252068867
ISBN-10: 0252068866
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"[An] autobiographical work of dazzling exhibitionism." -- New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (August 28, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252068866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252068867
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,078,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a brilliant burst of poetic prose, with some sentences having such remarkable images that I had to copy them down to keep for life. It retells the period from 1969-1971 in Kate Millett's life, when she was roughly treated as the cover subject of Time on Aug. 31, 1970. It details the early feminist movement and its opposition by the reactionary male right.

It also speaks graphically of her sexual encounters with both men and women, but always poetically and tastefully. I think it's one of the best books of the last half of the twentieth century. I would recommend it to anyone, but I'll never lend out my copy: That stays in my house forever for frequent future reference.
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Flying, by Kate Millett, was a candid account of her life between 1969 and 1971, a period of great turbulence and change in our American past. Millett didn't hold back a thing. Her narrative was raw and honest, even though she admitted, "Women who write books have a particular obstacle in their mothers. I suppose it's universal...My mother finally did die. But I find she never quite went away."

Still, braving the disapproval of her family, Millett unequivocally detailed her intense personal relationships and her struggle with a fractured women's movement. She realized, "We will never be free unless we relinquish the comfort of our disguises." I'm only learning this critical lesson now, in my mid-sixties.

Despite the fact that her chronicle was often painful and difficult for me to read, Millett demonstrated wonderful moments of brilliance and insight. She admitted, "We are always hurting somebody, stepping on something while we're not looking." Yet she advocated pacifism with an increasingly agitated left. And of her early work at St. Simon, she described, "...long files of things who used to be women now mere ghosts perched in bird rows on benches that line the halls, gray, dead, in unthinkable haircuts and shapeless dresses that are really flour sacks. Who could stay sane here?" Her deep compassion and empathy bled through the text when she went on to volunteer her time to improve brutal conditions at St. Simon's but was discouraged by family and refused by the psychiatric facility.

This narrative was a compelling account of Millett's life and a worthwhile read. I found it remarkable and even educational, considering the fact that I had my head buried in a demanding career the last quarter of the twentieth century. Considering our turbulent and precarious present, I agree with Millett's insight: "It is for our moments of silence we are most culpable."
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This book has a narrative that is pretty choppy. I had hoped that it would just be a brief bit of the book but it turns out the whole thing is written that way. That said, it offers an interesting perspective.
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