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Sappho's Leap: A Novel (Jong, Erica) by [Jong, Erica]
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From The New Yorker

What if the poet Sappho had paused to tell the story of her life in the moment before her legendary leap from the cliff? It's a neat premise, and the grab bag of brilliant bits that is all we know of Sappho's life might, in defter hands, have been fashioned into shimmering whole cloth. Instead, we get a windy, chaotic tale, which owes more to Bob Guccione's "Caligula" than to classical scholarship (sample chapter headings: "Aesop at the Orgy," "The Binding of the Babe"). Jong can't resist turning Sappho into a sandal-shod Isadora Wing, careering from one rapt, cartoonish embrace to another while occasionally crooning verses that as an imitation of Sappho's ravishing, elusive poetry are hopelessly inadequate.
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker

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Sappho’s Leap delights. Jong’s Sappho has moxie.” —USA Today

“Jong offers sly commentary on everything from slavery to superstition, greed, lust, vanity, deceit, age, and artistic freedom in a tale that is at once enormously entertaining and wisely provocative.” —Booklist

“A wild adventure with a heroine like no other. Searing and startling.” —Naomi Wolf

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  • File Size: 5967 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; 1 edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F9H5BNA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,886 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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