Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying

A Novel

Book - 1994
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"Isadora Wing was afraid of flying. She was also afraid of her own beauty, brains, physical appetites, and intellectual curiosity. Then, while on a trip to Vienna with her brilliant, handsome psychiatrist husband, Isadora met the man who embodied her most erotic fantasies-and who offered her a chance to conquer all her fears. What happened to Isadora then was a wild, sexually extravegant bold across Europe that had worldwide reverberations-in the most uninhibited, delicious, wonderfully witty, erotic novel a woman ever wrote."--From the dust-jacket front flap.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt,, [1994]
ISBN: 9781568651088
1568651082
9780451158512
0451158512
9780452274792
0452274796
9780030107313
0030107318
9780451209948
045120994X
9780451209436
0451209435
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary: "Isadora Wing was afraid of flying. She was also afraid of her own beauty, brains, physical appetites, and intellectual curiosity. Then, while on a trip to Vienna with her brilliant, handsome psychiatrist husband, Isadora met the man who embodied her most erotic fantasies-and who offered her a chance to conquer all her fears. What happened to Isadora then was a wild, sexually extravegant bold across Europe that had worldwide reverberations-in the most uninhibited, delicious, wonderfully witty, erotic novel a woman ever wrote."--From the dust-jacket front flap.

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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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