Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

A Novel

eBook - 1974
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Publisher: New York : New American Library, 1974, c1973
Characteristics: 311 p. ; 18 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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