Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

Book - 2003
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This classic novel of self-discovery, freedom, and womanhood records the erotic fantasies and outrageous adventures of Isadora Wing who travels constantly in spite of her phobia of flight, accompanied by a new introduction by the author.
Publisher: New York : New Signet, 2003
Copyright Date: ♭1973
ISBN: 9780451209948
Branch Call Number: FIC JONG 2003
Characteristics: 438 pages ; 17 cm

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lukasevansherman
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.

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daddybenson
Aug 22, 2013

Great Read!

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c210flyer
Jan 02, 2012

Interesting. 7 of 10 for me.

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maven
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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