Originally published in by Holt, Reinhardt and Winston, Fear of Flying, the internationally bestselling story of Isadora Wing by Erica Jong, coined a new. “Erica Jong: From a Youthful Fear of Flying to a More Experienced Landing in Her Late Years”() focuses on the tropes of female sexuality, self- development, and motherhood as fictionalized by the popular American author Erica Jong. The essay examines the changing. A literary sensation when first published in , Fear of Flying established Erica Jong as one of her generation's foremost voices on sex and feminism. Nearly.
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'There were psychoanalysts on the Pan Am flight to Vienna and I'd been treated by at least six of them': so opens Erica Jong's iconic. Editorial Reviews. From Bookforum. For all of its class-bound preoccupations and the cramped horizons of its political vision, Fear of Flying does remain an. Fear of Flying book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Bored with her marriage, a psychoanalyst's wife embarks on a wild.
The sixties was spent doing, the seventies was spent writing and I'm sure that this was racy at the time and many women will have started to look at life differently.
Felt a bit of a voyeur reading flisters star values on this yet I have absolutely no interest in venturing past this first episode. Bon voyage Isadora, have yourself a great trip. Apr 10, Vanessa rated it did not like it. At least, they will try to read it. Erica Jong "Isadora" is afraid to fly.
Isadora is obsessed with analysts. Isadora is obsessed with analysis. Isadora is not obsessed with her analyst husband. Isadora is obsessed with her new analyst boyfriend who is not a one-night stand. Also, wash your feet, dude. Vanessa considers Googling the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Then, twist!
Vanessa thinks about quitting book instead. Vanessa suddenly remembers what happiness feels like. The End. Jesus, why am I NOT surprised? I, on the other hand, will search for my feminist inspirado pretty much anywhere else.
View all 26 comments. Aug 03, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isadora Wing. Bright, blond, brash, brilliant, a frustrated poet in a sexually unfulfilling marriage who goes to Vienna, meets a man, climbs in his car and tries to figure out where she's going and where she's been, Isadora gave birth to a million chick-lit heroines and made and equal number of college girls dream about the adventures they, too, could have.
Apr 02, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have tried to read this book over the years three or four separate times. Each time I was unable to get past the opening scene.
This is supposed to be an erotic book right?
Turns out the place I needed to be to get this book was a long time in coming. The eroticism is of the novel. Erotic literature is literature in which eroticism is the novel. It focuses on that. It also implies a certain degree of description, a certain hard core. And to find novels in which you have plot, character, literary quality, plus detailed and real moving descriptions of fucking is a rarity. I would like to see that change. Just because someone writes honestly about sex, or thinking about sex, does not make the book an erotic book, even if one or two passages really make your blood boil.
This is a very different reading experience than something like the arcade scenes in Exit to Eden. What you will find in this book are honest discussions on the topic of sex: Call me stunted, call me slow, but it has taken me a long time to say these things out loud so to find someone else who has already done it so well is a gift.
For me it was liberating to see these words in print. Sex, I was terrified of the tremendous power it had over me. The energy, the excitement, the power to make me feel totally crazy! What about that? This was my thought as I read though the passages that changed point of view, tense, and fell smoothly into profound or hilarious rumination.
Isadora does lots of fantasizing, especially what I suspect both women and men can relate to--the zipless fuck.
Read the book. I would say the purest version of this for me has always been found in books, alone with my authors and their words…After you read the book you can let me know what you think. When I started raving on Facebook a family friend said she hated the book and sent me this review as she said it summed up why. Isadora comes off to some as whiny to some.
Fair enough. I can see this, but I would also argue that we hardly ever nail the guys for the same things when they are angsting about finding their place in the world, droning endlessly about their feelings of isolation, or how trapped they feel at the prospect of a new family or a career change.
We might even call them philosophers! Wonderful book, the author eventually won a Nobel prize. I could have cared less.
What I will continue to recommend about this book are all the passages that sum up a particular situation or emotion, frustrations I had felt that someone else had finally legitimized. What I find morbidly interesting is the fact that this book came out the year Roe v. Wade was passed. Could women in imagine that we would still have to listen to politicians make snide remarks about birth control in the year ? Maybe they could, maybe they were less optimistic than I am.
For , none of the situations or thoughts presented should be shocking.
To judge Fear of Flying, without benefit of the same social and political climate has got to be a mistake. All of this surely could not have been as common and as acceptable as it is now. I would love to hear from any women who were adults at the time Fear of Flying came out and get a sense of what you think has changed if anything.
I can understand women who worked for a certain level of equality becoming impatient with Isadora and her angst, they were too busy making changes to stop and worry about anything else. Good for them, I send a sincere thank you and say God Bless. I would almost argue that the frustration the reader may feel with Isadora for making the decisions she does, staying with and listening to all her stupid male analysts, her infatuation with the infuriating Adrian, are part of what made me appreciate the book.
My reactions to her behavior said a lot about me and I learned things about myself from having that experience. Sometimes I was ashamed to admit I had done some of the same things I was frustrated with Isadora for. She struggled with guilt for leaving a man who would in the end equal a lifetime of unhappiness and sacrifice.
Someone after all has to look after the kids. Where would we be if everyone were like her? Me, who came to that marriage with three full shelves of books and about ten different projects in mind! Erica Jong has gone farther in identifying that bullshit female need to make everyone so goddam happy than anyone I have read before. She also did a beautiful job showing us how we force these ideas on our friends and our daughters. Another reason I need to spend more time with the women.
Certainly they all matter to me, and certainly I cannot only live for me, or I would cease to be me, but does it have to be one or the other?
It was in these moments that I felt the most grateful. What I did through most of the book was fold down pages and mark passages with my thumbnail until I was able to get ahold of a pencil. Read this book for what is relatable, good and bad. Here is one of my favorite passages: I saw them through the eyes of male writers. I thought of them as writers, as authorities, as gods who knew and were to be trusted completely. Naturally I trusted everything they said, even when it implied my own inferiority.
The passage goes on to give examples and when combined with all the men who keep telling her what is wrong with her and the fact that she listens to them makes the point yet again. Well what the fuck are you listening to them for? Makes you want to slap her and then hug her for finally coming to her senses. Ever since I read this book I have had even more reason to hate The Princesses. Read this book. I also guess that everyone who reads it will take away something different and am eager to hear from anyone willing to discuss the book.
My word, there were a few scenes in there that really worked for me, though the book is classified as a historical romance. I love Henry Miller, but I never found much of his writing all that erotic either. Jan 19, Peter Tillman rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you've never read Erica Jong's classic, well, you should. On the re-read list. I have no idea or record of when I read it. But I expect you remember the Zipless Fuck! The books has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Jong explains that it is "zipless" because "when you came together, zippers fell away like rose petals, underwear blew off in one breath like dandelion fluff. For the true ultimate zipless A-1 fuck, it was necessary that you never https: For the true ultimate zipless A-1 fuck, it was necessary that you never got to know the man very well. Yet Another 70s Experience I missed out on. Who knows how I might rate it now. View all 7 comments. E qui sorge spontaneo il link con la lettura de "La campana di vetro" di Sylvia Plath, peraltro iper-citata dalla Jong all'interno del testo.
La ricerca di Isadora, passa attraverso l'esperienza sessuale "multipla" e "variegata", e qui, il linguaggio greve, la scelta di inserire particolari a volte proprio volgarucci [cfr. Dobbiamo essere noi a completare noi stessi. Uscire dagli schemi e dai ruoli preconfezionati, guardare solo e soltanto alla propria soddisfazione personale, dove la conduce? Ma l'altro? L'ego smisurato della protagonista e le sue riflessioni esondano. E risultano grevi, l'uso dell'ironia non riesce ad alleggerire le riflessioni spesso circolari della scrittrice.
Nei romanzi dell'ottocento i protagonisti si sposano. In quelli del novecento divorziano. E' possibile avere un finale in cui non facciano nessuna delle due cose? Questo fil rouge mi fa accomunare "Il Male Oscuro" a questa "Paura di volare". Il libro della Jong, mah Jul 10, Traci Medeiros rated it it was amazing. I wish I could have a more natural visceral reaction to this book but I read it from a state of being all too aware of it's controversy and place in feminism and time.
I wish I had discovered a dusty copy in a grandmother's attic or untouched corner of a used bookstore because that is really how it should be read It had been mentioned too many times as an example and I had to read it for myself.
I did instantly feel a c I wish I could have a more natural visceral reaction to this book but I read it from a state of being all too aware of it's controversy and place in feminism and time.
I did instantly feel a connection with Isadora, actually a pretty intense one, "damn someone already wrote the book I've always wanted to write," and it wasn't even all that stimulating sexual misadventure but rather what some critics would call Isadora's dime a dozen "neurotic tendencies. As I read it I too questioned myself, with all the context I knew about the book glaring back at me with a criticizing eye.
Was this just an excuse to enjoy porn under the guise of being an intellectual? Was this feminism or were we attempting a "if we can't beat em' join em'" mentality? Was this self-empowerment or loss of self-respect? Was I just questioning myself because I wasn't as liberated sexually as I'd like to think?
Then, with all these questions muddling Jong's pioneering work, I realized that this was the Fear she was talking about. As women, in a supposedly post-feminist world, we often spend so much time feeling guilty for feeling guilty or feeling guilty for not feeling guilty we forget that what we're fighting so hard for is to live our lives free of guilt I'm not sure if I should feel an empowering sense of solidarity with this discovery or feel guilty that we're not as far as Isadora hoped we could someday be Maybe the Zipless Fuck is a fantasy.
I found this very dated and not relevant to women today. Not only because the zipless fuck is less likely to happen but because the book dosen't seem to approach realtionships with any equality. The psychology of the book seemed like the most outdated part.
For me the writting was not good enough to overcome the shortcomings of the story. I appreciate that the the book for the impact it made on women's sexual liberation and freedom, but not relevant in today's sexual practices or norms. More int I found this very dated and not relevant to women today. More intresting as a historical artifact then as a novel. Dec 08, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: While sex is big part of the story it's conveyed through the want for passion, the feeling of immediate desire, and is an element used to not feel lonely for our protagonist.
In reading Henry Miller's review of "Flying" I'd say he's right on the money with his want at the time for more female writers to be so unhinged when it comes to our most common fears and desires and not to feel like a slut for wanting these things.
While the story has plot p "Fear of Flying" isn't as taboo as I've heard. While the story has plot points based on Erica Jong's own life it does transcend into a character that I think any woman can relate to in terms of wanting to not feel alone yet always feeling that way in a relationship. Of clinging to a partner to try and make you feel better after being screwed in one relationship to being just as unhappy in the new one. To losing oneself and then finding oneself yet still having questions as to what type of person you are and if your inner most urges are wrong as society or even you define it.
There's sex, psychoanalysis, and relatability throughout. Yes, the character is a bit more well off than most people I know raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, went to two ivy league schools, has a few books published but she still has her own inner torment that's waged on her for years with these successes. I think all women should read this once they hit eighteen or so.
It may not be for all of us, but I think it should be on all our read shelves. I love books like this, books that challenge my views, ideas and expectations and the reputation of this book alone did that so there was every chance that this would be a let down.
But it wasn't. Yes it challenged many aspects of my thoughts and opinions and there were times where I just wanted to shake Isodora back to reality but by the end she had a point, a confusion, a sense of chaos that many of us have felt about various things and everything at times that we haven't been able to voice I love books like this, books that challenge my views, ideas and expectations and the reputation of this book alone did that so there was every chance that this would be a let down.
Yes it challenged many aspects of my thoughts and opinions and there were times where I just wanted to shake Isodora back to reality but by the end she had a point, a confusion, a sense of chaos that many of us have felt about various things and everything at times that we haven't been able to voice or act upon. I sense this is one of those books that every reader will get something different from and possibly that the same reader will get different things from at different times in their lives.
Either way Jong has captured the sense of chaotic freedom that embodied feminism in the 70's and even today as we are still held to ideals and expectations that don't quite fit with how we want to live. Dec 16, Jenny Reading Envy marked it as did-not-finish.
I imagine it's hard to read this out of context, but for as much as I've heard about its importance it was agonizing to read. Just not interesting at all. Fear of Flying by Erica Jong 1 6 Feb 24, Fear of Flying by Erica Jong 2 21 Jul 21, Readers Also Enjoyed.
About Erica Jong. Erica Jong. Erica Jong—novelist, poet, and essayist—has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness. She has published 21 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times , the Sunday Times of London , Elle , Vogue , and the New Yor Erica Jong—novelist, poet, and essayist—has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness.
She has published 21 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times , the Sunday Times of London , Elle , Vogue , and the New York Times Book Review.
In her groundbreaking first novel, Fear of Flying which has sold twenty-six million copies in more than forty languages , she introduced Isadora Wing, who also plays a central part in three subsequent novels— How to Save Your Own Life , Parachutes and Kisses , and Any Woman's Blues.
In her three historical novels— Fanny , Shylock's Daughter , and Sappho's Leap —she demonstrates her mastery of eighteenth-century British literature, the verses of Shakespeare, and ancient Greek lyric, respectively. A memoir of her life as a writer, Seducing the Demon: Writing for My Life , came out in March It was a national bestseller in the US and many other countries. Merwin and Sylvia Plath.
Her works have appeared all over the world and are as popular in Eastern Europe, Japan, China, and other Asian countries as they have been in the United States and Western Europe. She has lectured, taught and read her work all over the world. Jong has partly returned to her roots as a scholar. She loves to teach and lecture, though her skill in these areas has sometimes crowded her writing projects. A poet at heart, Ms. Jong believes that words can save the world.
Books by Erica Jong. Trivia About Fear of Flying. Quotes from Fear of Flying. Is there an implied commitment? Is there going to be another date? After I became a published author, I would read her later stuff almost like a road map. Weiner is suspicious of the impulse to give these arbiters too much credit. This was a woman that they knew.
Maybe not her specifically, but the young, pretty academic, the young wife, the woman who wrote poetry: This was a familiar voice. Wolf said of Ms. But her critical reception has been complicated because she integrates pleasure and the body; so, as a woman, she never gets enough credit for her brain. Her husband isn't especially warm to her, nor is he incredibly supportive of her career like Jong, 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 joined this site and most people were writing shorter reviews, I'd like to give it a better write-up.
Her husband isn't especially warm to her, nor is he incredibly supportive of her career like Jong, of course, she's a writer. While on a trip in Vienna, Isadora fantasizes about being with another man, and this book is more or less about those fantasies - what they mean in the context of her marriage, her entire love life, what they mean for women in general. It'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 job.
That, 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 place. You'd think, after books like The Awakening - which was written in motherfucking , 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, too, just want to get down and dirty and out the door.
But no! Even today, years after Kate Chopin wrote The Awakening, people are still coping with feminine sexuality. The 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 to. As I see it, there are two major dilemmas going on here, which are both issues that many women I know - myself included - have faced.
The 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.