- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (5 Aug. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099466074
- ISBN-13: 978-0099466079
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,924,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fear of Flying (Vintage Blue) Paperback – 5 Aug 2004
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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.
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.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved this book, real insight into the female psyche and how society then and now makes us believe we should conform to relationship 'norms' but what's really going on..Published 19 days ago by E Stone
Bought this book for my wife to read on holiday. Hope it has the desired effect😀Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good heavens! Such self-obsession. Such reliance, dependence on the opinions of others, on using models of literature as guides. And a constant stream of psychoanalysts. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sandra Davies
When this book was first published I was about the same age as the narrator. Maybe I should have read it then, although looking back with a more life-experienced eye is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S.R.
Quick delivery and the quality of book was as described. Minor gripe would be that the edition of the book I received does not match the product image.Published 5 months ago by H. Fuchs
I lost patience with the plotlines, the tedious relationships with psychiatrists, the naivety of the main character. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Linda B
I'm not saying the story is rubbish but I was somewhat disappointed with it. It was more like a travel journal of western Europe than a piece of erotic literature. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sean Bradley