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Fear of Flying: Fortieth Anniversary Edition

Fear of Flying: Fortieth Anniversary Edition [Kindle Edition]

Erica Jong , Fay Weldon
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"Uninhibited, erotic, delicious... a winner" (John Updike)

"Great humour... energetic, bawdy" (New York Times)

"Brilliantly articulate-the wit is dazzling" (Monica Dickens)

Book Description

The modern classic that changed the way we thought about sex

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1088 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (3 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,383 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A potent mix of intellect and sexuality 4 Jan 2009
Ths is an outstanding book written by a very liberated woman of the 70s - but while that is nearly 40 years ago it still packs a punch. The sexual content of this book is what it is most famous (or infamous) for with its tales of sexual promiscuity and coarse language that is entirely in keeping with the events it describes. But just as important as this, for me, is the erudition of the writer. She is very well-educated/read and augments the sexual tales of the main character Isadora Wing with copious apposite references to Shakespeare, music, etc. The pace of the book is often thrilling as it describes events so rapidly and intellectually as well as providing insight to the sexually liberated female mind.

I am dubious as to whether the book is largely fictional as the detail and intensity are entirely consistent with being biographical, if not autobiographical. Nevertheless it really is excellent brain food and a potent mix of intellect and sexuality.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey of discovery 4 Sep 2008
This book tells one woman's story of searching for freedom, mainly through sexual experience and fantasy. In many ways it is the female equivalent of Philip Roth's "Portnoy's Complaint". Written in the early 1970's I was concerned that the book might be dated, describing a restriction on women no longer relevant, at least in Western society. However, whilst the book certainly isn't shocking in its sexual content 30 years on it is still relevant and insightful. Most importantly it contains far more than the sexual adventures and fantasies of the main character. The relationships of Isadora with her different husbands are subtle and gripping. In particular I found the description of the mental breakdown of the first husband powerfully written. The reflections on what these relationships and others have revealed to her about herself are stimulating. Finally, whilst there is a lot of analysis there is a lot of humour too. I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who likes to reflect on the human condition -some things never date. My favourite thing Isadora learned: "You did not have to apologize for wanting to own your own soul. Your soul belonged to you - for better or for worse. When all was said and done, it was all you had."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fear of flying 11 Jun 2014
By Clare O'Beara TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this boring, self-absorbed and rather pathetic. If the main character wanted to do something to express herself as a strong woman, and help the feminine cause, why not train as a biochemist or architect or police officer?

Instead this neurotic woman has sex, and rather bad sex too, on the brain. Why not try to find love with a man who will treat you as an equal, instead of wasting your energy? You'll never be long-lasting happy and fulfilled with sex replacing love.

And by the way, foul language doesn't make you look strong. It makes you look cheap.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Iconic read 5 April 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First read this when I was 17! Wanted to see if it had the same impact. It does! Not disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy woman looking for love 21 Aug 2014
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Re-read it after about 40 years and found it still very powerful. Someone made the comment that it is the female equivalent of Portnoy's Complaint, and I think this is about right. Portnoy was all about the struggle men have between lust and the desire for friendship and family life.. F of F is really the same, a woman trying to reconcile her sexuality with the need for caring and loving relationships.. Both are set against a Jewish background which may accentuate the problems but the underlying dilemma is common to us all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Erica flies only so high 26 Dec 2008
This is not a book for those who are easily shocked - it may date back to the 70s, but it pulls no punches, and, for example, the main character refers to parts of her body in very direct terms.

Although I enjoyed reading it, I doubt whether the material in it all actually holds together well as a novel. In particular, the chapter entitled The Madman (chapter 12?) registered with me as very striking, but it did not follow on where the previous chapter left off, and this is where the disjointedness of the book began. The chapter is given credit at the front of the book for having been published in a magazine, albeit in a different version, and, unfortunately, that is how it reads in the context of the book to that point - it is in a different style, and, although the content is very good, it does not fit in. The two or three chapters that follow it also do not, with the result that, whereas this may not be as much of a problem as the one hundred and fifty odd pages of diary in Anne Bronte's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall that breaks that novel's back, it is then not possible to resume, as Jong, seeks to do, the narrative approach that preceded this group.

With this (major) exception, the book is very well written, and Jong shows the breadth of her reading by making literary references that are utterly convincing in the mouth of her heroine, rather than, as such allusions can be, for the sake of it or to impress the reader and/or make him or her feel knowledageable that they have been identified.

Give this book a go, but it is questionable whether it lives up to some of the more extreme claims that have been made for it, however well it addresses sexual and other issues, because the characterization is not wholly convincing: for example, a British psychiatrist who is a devotee of R. D. Laing might have said 'ducks' all the time as term of endearment, but I rather doubt it...
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 11 days ago by Ruth Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant pice of writing!
This is a classic feminist tale by Erica Jong, which I enjoyed even more at the second reading after 40 years. What more can I say?
Published 3 months ago by PedroTheSwift
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as expected
not the read i was hoping for it was a lot more convoluted.would not recommend it was good for its day.
Published 4 months ago by MRS J WADEY
4.0 out of 5 stars surprise
Though my partner ordered this by accident playing with an old netbook of mine I really enjoyed it. The seventies were inspired bookwise
Published 5 months ago by welshdissent
5.0 out of 5 stars its great just what i wanted. Erica jong rocks my world.her writing is...
its great just what i wanted. Erica jong rocks my world.her writing is just right for me. Excellent. Thankyou Amazon
Published 5 months ago by Ann siddique
1.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking feminist tract?
Really? Maybe it was in the 1970's but today it just seems as though it was written merely to shock (and in some places it is downright racist). Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read 2 times!!!
I read this book almost 15 years ago in Serbian language (mother tongue) and return to buy it again in English, now when I find myself for so many years in UK! Read more
Published 18 months ago by MK sKeri
1.0 out of 5 stars The pseudo-intellectual self-absorbed ramblings of a spoilt...
20 million copies sold? A seminal feminist classic? I am nothing short of incredulous.

But let me first say, I'm not one to dole out 1* reviews. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2011 by Sarah Rayner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written for women
I am a fan of Erica Jong almost as long as I can remember. But this is truly one of the best books ever written for and about women. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by Sonja Paris
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