Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

A Novel

Book - 2013 | 40th anniversary edition
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Even in a time when women are still sexually repressed, Isadora Wing wishes to "fly free" with a man who completes her every fantasy.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013
Edition: 40th anniversary edition
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9780805098587
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: xix, 355 pages ; 22 cm


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Oct 22, 2019

I wasn't expecting a lot when I set out to read this piece of 1970's nostalgia. If my expectations had approached the hype the book received, I would certainly been a lot more let down. It broke a few conventions (not barriers, as claimed by some) but in the end it's a tiresome exercise in privileged upper-middle-class whining. I'm (generously, I think) giving it a second star in recognition of a degree of self-awareness on the part of Jong. She at least has the honesty to acknowledge the pointlessness of her protagonist's existence and doesn't attempt to make her lifestyle sound glamorous. As for the supposed eroticism, plot or literary value (her bits of "found verse" are clever but seem bloodless) there's none worth mentioning. And all three of her main characters are people I'm relieved not to have met.

Feb 02, 2015

This book was a big deal when it came out and I kinda wanted to see what all the fuss is about. It probably has to be seen in context (it was released in 1973), as female sexuality, while still capable of generating controversy and misunderstanding, is more a part of pop culture ("50 Shades of Grey," "Girls," pop tarts like Katy Perry) than it was in the dark days of the early 70s. Jong's novel was pioneering, but that doesn't mean it's particularly good. It reads more like a period piece, a literary relic, than a living, breathing novel. Then again, I'm a man and it's probably not meant for me. Includes an afterword by Jong and appreciative essays from John Updike and Henry Miller, who modestly compares it to his own books. Introduced the term "zipless f***" to the lexicon.

Aug 22, 2013

Great Read!

Jan 02, 2012

Interesting. 7 of 10 for me.

Dec 11, 2009

Intelligent and well-written. I really felt like I was in the main character's head, though I didn't always agree with her actions.


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