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Ought this novel almost 10 years ago because well I was afraid of flying and I thought I might resonate with the character I didn t The Fear Of Flying goes It was written in 1973 when women s emancipation was not that accomplishedThe book wants to be sexy and liberating a sort of feminist erotic fiction with lots and lots of shrinks Instead for me it was vulgar and only looking for the shocking factor I can t even count how many times I read cuntpussy and fuck in the first 50 pages I am not a prude but I felt the language was not sexy at all and it did not warm me to the characters For whatever reason possibly because someone I recommended it to wasn t that thrilled by it I feel a bit like I need to defend this book lately and since I reviewed it when I first oined this site and most people were writing shorter reviews I d like to give it a better write upThe premise of Fear of Flying is fairly simple Isadora White Wing is in a marriage she isn t exactly happy with Her husband isn t especially warm to her nor is he incredibly supportive of her career like Jong of course she s a writerWhile on a trip in Vienna Isadora fantasizes about being with another man and this book is or less about those fantasies what they mean in the context of her marriage her entire love life what they mean for women in generalIt s true the writing isn t exactly high brow It s incredibly self indulgent and narcissistic and you will from time to time feel like you could have written it and maybe even done a better Before the Door Closes jobThat however is not the point of this book It s not about the way she writes but the fact that she wrote it in the first placeYou d think after books like The Awakening which was written in motherfucking 1899 by the by that society would ve gradually accepted that women have sex drives Sexuality is important to women women want pleasure women have fantasies sometimes women tooust want to get down and dirty and out the doorBut no Even today 109 years after Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening people are still coping with feminine sexualityThe importance of Fear of Flying is Jong opening up the female mind showing people this is what we think about worry about these are the problems we have these are things on our minds where men careers and lives are concerned You may not always agree with her or have the exact same problems but I would be astounded if any woman gets through this book without finding anything she can relate toAs I see it there are two major dilemmas going on here which are both issues that many women I know myself included have facedThe first is sort of what the two men she debates between represent to her and her life There s comfort and stability represented by Bennett her second husband Then there s passion and intensity represented by Adrian Goodlove yeah a real dumbdumb name but I kind of love it because of that A LOT of women often feel like they re forced to choose between these two extremes at one point or another I definitely have and most women I know have too I know someone sorting through a similar pair of men at this very moment in timeThe second is a dilemma that s ust as applicable to men as it is to women and that s the idea of freedom and independence and struggling to maintain that within the framework of a relationship She wants to be strong and able to do whatever she wants whenever she wants both in terms of love and her career but at the same time she wants support companionship Is there anyone who hasn t struggled with this even if only on a small scale at some point or anotherThere are also other issues within the context of those issues Do women have to get married Why do we feel we have to EtcAgain I have to stress that this book is about what she says as opposed to how she says it I imagine she had a hunch that this book would elicit a controversial response and was probably concerned a lot with content than she was style Honestly I think that s allowable in these circumstances She wanted to encourage women to go out and explore their sexuality and what it meant to them and with such a noble cause I can forgive her the rudimentary approach She s not perfect and I don t see why she has to be I think that s also part of this book s charm She isn t perfect she knows it and she learns to accept it another conundrum plenty of people Face In One Way Or Another And I D Say in one way or another and I d say s true of both the character and the authorAs for how it fits in modern times I do think it s still applicable It might seem a bit closeted to women who feel they ve fully embraced their sexuality or have read of the modern musings on female pleasure first None the less the issues I mention above that Isadora struggles with are still very much currentAre there books that approach these issues that might be modern Sure But I also think there s importance in knowing the kind of novel that shocked America in the 70s a time when most of us from a younger generation think of free love and hippies and feminism and what not For a modern woman there isn t anything shocking about this The fact that it was shocking is what s so damn upsetting The 70s were not that long ago And people were thrown back by the fact that women had dreams of random sexual encounters It s appalling Of course at the same time despite the fact that if this book was released today it probably wouldn t be considered a revelation I m sure Isadora would still get labeled cruelly Which is also kind of upsettingNone the less if you like the topic but not the writing style of Fear of Flying I definitely suggest The Awakening which is a little high browOriginal reviewI kindofsortof hate it when people say things like this book changed my life but if I was going to say that about ust one book I would say it about this oneYes it s neurotic yes it s self obsessed But I like it that way and there s still plenty to s neurotic yes it s self obsessed But I like it that way and there s still plenty to from this book even for those who don t especially enjoy writing like that There are also plenty of modern writers who do the same thing and are praised for it cough Dave Eggers coughIn the simplest overview there s nothing particularly revelatory about her observations and conclusions everyone goes through the struggle of wanting to be independent and wanting to be loved and most of us learn this rather early on But there s something about the way that she approaches this the way that she handles it that makes it hit you like a truck I dare you to come away from reading this book without thinking about it for at least the next weekThough this book is obviously marketed towards women I think it s ust as important reading for men I swear if I have to take another page of this rich uppity bitch s incessant whinings and first world problems I ll rip all my hair outIsadora Wing sooooo envies the fact that German streets are cleaner than those in the US She won all her college poetry writing contests edited the literary magazine got published kept receiving communication from publishers and yet remains soooo insecure about her writing prowess Her eually rich married and annoying sisters have procreated and produced cute little blue eyed Aryan cherubs who make the remaining population of American kids look like they belong in the third world Oh the horror of white kids looking like kids in the third world Oh how will she compete in the whose baby is Aryan looking contest when she doesn t even want to use her womb What a poor little darlingAll she can think about is how she will screw the brains out of the next handsome stranger she meets while wallowing in self pity and cribbing about ex husbands ex boyfriends and therapists She will cheat on her husband but expect him to treat her well despite being aware of her infidelitiesStay away from this pseudo feminist offensive crudely written autobiography masuerading as a novel. Zu erkennen daß auch das totale Ausleben aller sexuellen Tag und Nachtträume noch niemanden zu einem freien Menschen macht Über Isadoras sexuelle Abenteuer und Mißgeschicke berichtet Erica Jong mit Witz furiosem Temperament und einer Freimütigkeit wie sie bisher männlichen Autoren vorbehalten schien Von Henry Miller John Updike und der internationalen Kritik als literarisches Ereignis gefeiert hat der Roman in den USA Auflagen in Millionenhöhe erreicht und eroberte auch in Europa die Spitzenplätze der Bestsellerlisten.

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Fear of FlyingEarlier on this evening I was talking to my sainted mother on the telephone and she noted that I seemed to be reading a lot of intellectual books lately to which I reacted with vehemently indignant daughterly rage I am NOT MomWhy my mother s comment should seem so thoroughly offensive is a fitting subject for my analyst a mythical figure about whom I love to fantasize but probably wouldn t enjoy much if he actually existed though not so much for the internet but I ve got poor boundaries and terrible udgment so here goesLet s face it folks I ve been having a lot of trouble reading books lately Like a lot a lot and I haven t really been able to figure out why I bottomed out most of the way through the Proust and the Caro s really interesting but I still keep putting it down and daydreaming on the subway This is so terrible What s going onWell it s NINETY FRIKKIN DEGREES OUT and everyone s walking around practically NEKKID How can I think about SERIOUS stuff at a time like this Crazy things are happening all around me There s about eighty bared biceps between here and the train and the ice cream truck blares by every night around midnight it s too HOT to sleep not to mention too loud Anyway maybe my mom s right Maybe I am reading stuff that s too intellectual or in any case too unseasonal too smart for me As I ve been fond of observing lately Men don t make passes at girls who pass classes Note to family pls write that on tombstone And this leads us to an overwhelming uestion which is where is summer 2008 s John Travolta to my own excruciatingly irritating Olivia Newton JohnSee These are the kinds of burning uestions on my mind these days the thermostat s high and it s melting my brain It s definitely time to stop overheating the poor thing with all this talk about Senates and seascapes so that I can preserve my scarce mental attentions for bikini wax maintenance and miniskirt coordinationDid I mention there re about fifty bared biceps between here and the trainThe librarian girl thing might work in the winter when we re all bundled up but baby it s hot outsideAnyway all this ran through my mind earlier and I really thought that Fear of Flying was the answer to my sweaty stupid prayers I ve been meaning to read this book since forever Not totally sure why but I have and my roommate has a real snazzy skeezy looking cover with a naked lady and everythingNaked ladyUnfortunately so far this is one of the most terribly written piece of crap I ve started in a long time which is why I They Left Great Marks on Me just sat down here and wrote all this stuff I m procrastinating from my fun trashy readust eight pages in Not a good signWell we ll seeStay tuned Eons ago I d heard this book consisted wholely of sex zipless fucksSurprise Jong writes insightfully about the between a rock and a hard place that women resided in during the early 1970s and at times still do The protagonist isn t what I consider terribly likable yet her bold intelligence self awareness and wit carry her through myriad messy bitsJong states in the author interview at the end that she d like this book to be considered a modern classic which it is so I ve marked it as such my Goodreads bookshelfThe audiobook narrator is stupendous Rather neglectful of reading duties I shall admit to this very vulgar crime for the lethargic days of summer it was truly a rare treat to sporadically go back to this a sly and sinful read Yeah it is DATED but even in the late 90s weren t the Sex and the City gals too That 50 Shades is such a success should not be surprising it s ust that the reminder that other people are having sex while you are or are not isI ve been uoted before as saying that sexual non adventure is a sin in that same spirit Erica Jong has given a frank incredibly enjoyable read Her main character is not prone to saying no to the act she rather bathes in the light of casual encounters but she has intelligence and heart She is aware of the zipless fk as much as she traces her sexual history weighing out past experiences with expectation filled nows This is rightfully in the 1001 or 1306 List of Books to Read Before Expiring in good company with Sade s 120 Days and Justine as well as perhaps the male counterpart to Fear Of Flying The Less of Flying the less but pretentious Rabbit Run by Updike Summer 1972A Top Editor Summer 1972A TOP EDITOR A PUBLISHING FIRM IN editor a publishing firm in pokes his head into a break room and says to a young male intern who is pouring coffee Hey kid come into my office for a minute will you The kid is a recent lit grad from Columbia University with a penchant for Joyce and Hardy and an innate distrust for this particular editor He starts to sweat immediately at the man s reuest but stays outwardly calm as he puts down the coffee cup and follows the editor into his officeThe editor makes a big show of inviting the young man in closing the door behind him and seating him comfortably on a small sofa He chooses to lean conspiratorially against his large deskThe intern battles the urge to bite his lower lip How fast can you read kid the editor asks smiling Fast sir Well son I m happy to hear it You see that sweet piece of ass out there in the lobby The one with the cotton candy hair and those sweet braless tits The intern slowly turns his head to look out the office windows and sees a nervous looking blonde seated on a sofa staring at him He nodsThe editor leans in closer That there is a Miss Erica Jong She s a friend of a friend Some kind of poet too She s real appreciative that we re going to take a little look see at her manuscript Well that you re going to take a little look see while I take those tits out to an air conditioned lunch I ve pretty much promised her we ll give her feminist lit a little whirl so don t break a sweat kid Just scribble some basic notes and advise her to knock off about fifty pages He takes a manuscript off his desk and hands it to the internThe young man looks down at the manuscript then up at the editor to ask Is it feminist lit sir The editor stands and indicates that the other man should do the same Right before opening the door he slaps the intern hard on the back and says loudly in his ear I don t give a fuck son Two hours later The editor returns his entrance announced by his boisterous laughter He has an arm hooked under Ms Jong s arm and he ushers her in to an available office as he summons the intern with a uick flick of his hand He doesn t know the intern s name and this doesn t embarrass him in the least but he rubs the top of Ms Jong s back as he announces he s leaving her in the hands of one of the best with slightly slurred speech He shuts the door behind him as he leavesAfter a few polite exchanges the intern and Ms Jong sit down across from each other and the intern offers I can t get over how much you physically resemble your protagonist Isadora Wing Ms Jong laughs into her hand Yes Of course We are the same woman Intern Then do you mind if I ask Is this an autobiographyEJ Well it all really happened but no biographies don t sellThe interns pulls at his collar He s taken three aspirins since he started the manuscript and is sweating profusely now He coughs So it s autobiographical but you want us to promote it as fiction EJ Oh yesIntern And my editor he led me to understand that you would classify this as feminist literatureEJ nods vigorously Oh yes NaturallyIntern But why feminist I mean what exactly about it is feministEJ flicks back her head and laughs Well I believe you ve noticed I m a womanThe intern pulls at his tie as though imagining it s become a noose It s ust that your I mean Isadora s escapades are so dark so demeaning It s almost as though you don t respect I mean Isadora doesn t respect herself or ANY women And that scene with the man who can t be bothered to wipe his bottom and smears feces all over your sheets Angst vorm FliegenIsadora Wing die selbstkritische unge Amerikanerin ist eine der vergnügtesten und rührendsten Heldinnen der Gegenwartsliteratur eine entwaffnende und hinreißende Anti Heldin Immer auf der Suche nach Erlösern Sinneslust und Sicherheit ständig auf Trab und von einer Angst in die andere fallend versucht sie sich Klarheit zu verschaffen wer sie ist was sie will was sie noch lieber will und woran es liegt daß selten geht was sie am liebsten will Die Geschichte beginnt mit Isadoras Angst im Flugzeug auf dem. ,

Uring lovemaking Ms Jong smiles wraps her hair playfully around her finger Hot scene wasn t it The intern rubs his face with both hands Tries to keep his cool And no disrespect Ms Jong but are you aware that you use three different tenses alone ust in the first chapter I wonder if you could clarify your storytelling vision to me EJ My writing coach always says Write what you know She leans back against the chair exposing cleavage She giggles Daddy always said that a girl as pretty as I am will always make a big splash in this world An hour later The intern knocks loudly at the door of the editor and is invited in The editor stays seated a Parliament cigarette hangs from his mouth How d we make out kid The mentally exhausted intern says Put a naked woman on the cover and market it as erotica and walks uickly out the doorThe book is published in 1973 and men with dirty asses and dirty toes the whole world over are shocked to discover their newfound love of feminist litThis review is a work of fiction and the reviewer feels that it was an appropriate albeit snarky response to being trapped in a room for four consecutive evenings with this novel iw69 hello i want you nowmannyrayner do we know each otheriw69 not at all that s the point i thought we could Alien Contact just have a completely no strings attached sexual encounter for its own sake and then say goodbye wouldn t that be poetic and beautifulmannyrayner um well maybe i m sorry i guess i shouldust be doing this and not analyzing it can i at least have a name or will that ruin everythingiw69 i m isadoramannyrayner that s a pretty name pardon me for being so old fashionediw69 it s ok so now can we fuckmannyrayner i m not uite sure how that would work butiw69 i want you to put your hard cock in my cunt and make me come i hope you aren t threatened by the way i frankly express my female desires or by my use of the word cuntmannyrayner ah no not really in fact iiw69 it didn t used to be regarded as obscene in the miller s tale chaucer writes pryvely he caught hir by the ueynte In 1380 ueynte was pronounced cuntmannyrayner how interesting i knew the line but wasn t aware of the pronunciationiw69 and in swedish the root has mutated into the word vinna which is the normal word for woman so swedish women are all unashamedly cuntsmannyrayner actually the word is normally spelled with a k in modern swedish and the polite word for cunt is sk te you are not advised to use the vulgar fittaiw69 you are remarkably knowledgeable i already feel i understand you you remind me of my first husband i guess you re some kind of erratic genius type who s insecure about his sexuality and his ability to satisfy a woman which is eventually going to destroy youmannyrayner well thanks for the first bit but i hope you re not entirelyiw69 no wait i think you re really like my second husband you re powerful and oversexed but simultaneously cold and distant so that while you satisfy my body you re unable to reach me emotionallymannyrayner actually i m not sure i uiteiw69 you said actually again you must be english right in fact i see you re most like my lover adrian you pretend to live in the moment but all the time you have a plan you re hiding from me which i ll be bitterly disappointed to discover in due coursemannyrayner i suppose i can t completely iw69 hey now i get it you re like all of them at the same time god you turn me on i m so wet from talking to you that i ve had to change my panties twice already since the start of our conversationmannyrayner isadora i admit i m flattered but iw69 stay right where you are i ll be with you faster than you would believe possible and then we re going to fuck like you ve never fucked before in your whole life you ll break my heart but after i ve dried my tears i ll put you and your cock in my next best selling novel and you ll be immortalmannyrayner i guess i like some parts of the plan but we ll have to change a few detailsiw69 whymannyrayner to start with i m sitting in an airport lobby i need to be at my gate within the next twenty minutesmannyrayner isadoramannyrayner hello are you still theremannyrayner did i say something wrongmannyrayner well if it was zipless enough for you then it was zipless enough for memannyrayner bye 20 million copies sold well if it was zipless enough for you then it was zipless enough for memannyrayner bye 20 million copies sold seminal feminist classic I am nothing short of incredulous I d say it was the pseudo intellectual self absorbed ramblings of a spoilt 29 year old poet that does not stand the test of timeBut let me first say I m not one to dole out 1 reviews This is my first and as an author myself I ve wondered what can motivate a reader to such an action But now thank you Erica I have seen the light It s when the distance between the reader s expectations and what is delivered are such poles apart as to provoke a huge desire to redress the balance for the sake of anyone stumbling upon these reader reviews Or that s my motivation anyway In summary this is a racist not racy self absorbed not self enlightened memoir thinly masuerading as fiction If I hadn t been reading thinly masuerading as fiction If I hadn t been reading for my book group there is NO WAY I d have got through it as I haven t met such an insufferable protagonist in as long as I can remember if ever Isadora Wing aka Erica Jong is spoilt beyond belief has access to education money and family support name drops like a teenager desperate to impress with her literary knowledge but despite her own ego is a really rather rubbish writer Her style is repetitive and rambling full or irritating asides and diversions but what really irks is she has not a good word to say about anybody not her long suffering family her countless shrinks they had their work cut out there her two ex husbands no one Everyone is dug at put down moaned about even the poor folk sitting in the same carriage as her on a train are described as a stuffy American professor his dowdy wife and their drooly baby Even if we aren t supposed to like her to read several hundred pages in such negative whiny tone of voice gets tiresome without anything positive to act as a contrast She may write refreshingly honestly about sex but most of her encounters seem to be with impotent men and seemed tame indeed to my 21st century sensibilities but THAT IS ALL And given the book s reputation I expected emphasis on sexuality and fantasy and less on pseudo intellectualism s reputation I expected emphasis on sexuality and fantasy and less on pseudo intellectualism psychoanalysis If FoF was a classic at the time it has not stood up to the forty odd years that have passed since I consider myself a feminist but even from that historical perspective there are surely other books that are a lot informative and interesting The Second Sex for example which predates Jong by two decades still resonates today and fiction wise Angela Carter s The Bloody Chamber was published only six years later but is far erotic and subtle when it comes to exploring female sexuality and fantasies Finally an aside my parents were at the Viennese congress she writes of and I gather this novel upset a fair few folk upon its publication after the event I presume it s only because she didn t put her own name to the heroine that shrinks such as Adrian and Bennett or a member of her family her poor sister Randy for instance didn t sue her for defamation Shame I d have loved to have seen it I found myself walking round this book and poking it nervously instead of reading it This went on for days Fear of Flying famously feisty fearless feminist Speed dating with books 16Since I am moving my books from one room to another and building a new bookcase I realized again that I have way too many unread books I decided to choose 6 for the beginning of the ones waiting on my shelves for a long time or that I do not know if I would like read 50 pages and decide if I want to continue with them or send them away This week and the next I will share with you the results I Weg von New York zu einem Psychoanalytikerkongreß nach Wien an dem ihr Mann teilnehmen und über den sie einen Artikel schreiben wird Die Maschine ist vollbesetzt mit Psychoanalytikern Bei sechs von ihnen war Isadora schon in Behandlung mit dem siebten ist sie verheiratet und mit einem achten wird sie in Wien eine heftige Affäre haben Hin und her gerissen zwischen dem achten Adrian und dem siebten Ehemann Bennett erlebt Isadora bei ihrer O dyssee kreuz und uer durch Europa alle Wonnen und ualen der Leidenschaft um am Ende. .