Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

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A striking deluxe edition commemorating the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong's groundbreaking classic

Before Hannah from Girls , Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey , and Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City , there was Isadora Wing, the uninhibited, outspoken protagonist of Erica Jong's revolutionary novel. First published in 1973, Fear of Flying caused a national sensation, fueling fantasies, igniting debates about women and sex, and introducing a notorious phrase to the English language. Forty years later, Isadora's honest and exuberant retelling of her sexual adventures--and misadventures--continues to provoke and inspire, and stands as an iconic tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood. With provocative cover art by illustrator Noma Bar, this special fortieth-anniversary edition will introduce a new generation of women to Jong's pioneering novel.

For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2013
Edition: Penguin Classics deluxe edition
Copyright Date: ©1973
ISBN: 9780143107354
Branch Call Number: FIC JON
Characteristics: xv, 299 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Rebeck, Theresa

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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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