Fear of Flying

Fear of Flying Bored With Her Marriage, A Psychoanalyst S Wife Embarks On A Wild, Life Changing AffairAfter Five Years, Isadora Wing Has Come To A Crossroads In Her Marriage Should She And Her Husband Stay Together Or Get Divorced Accompanying Her Husband To An Analysts Conference In Vienna, She Ditches Him And Strikes Out On Her Own, Crisscrossing Europe In Search Of A Man Who Can Inspire Uninhibited Passion But, As She Comes To Learn, Liberation And Happiness Are Not Necessarily The Same ThingA 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 Four Decades Later, The Novel Has Lost None Of Its Insight, Verve, Or Jaw Dropping Wit

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

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  • Paperback
  • 461 pages
  • Fear of Flying
  • Erica Jong
  • English
  • 10 June 2018
  • 9780451209436

10 thoughts on “Fear of Flying

  1. says:

    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 out.Isadora 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 equally 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 darling All 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 infidelities.Stay away from this pseudo feminist, offensive, crudely written autobiography masquerading as a novel.

  2. says:

    iw69 hello i want you nowmannyrayner do we know each other iw69 not at all, that s the point i thought we could just have a completely no strings attached sexual encounter for its own sake, and then say goodbye wouldn t that be poetic and beautiful mannyrayner um, well, maybe i m sorry, i guess i should just be doing this and not analyzing it can i at least have a name or will that ruin everything iw69 i m isadoramannyrayner that s a pretty name pardon me for being so old fashionediw69 it s ok so now can we fuck mannyrayner i m not quite 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 cunt mannyrayner 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 queynte In 1380 queynte was pronounced cunt mannyrayner how interesting i knew the line but wasn t aware of the pronunciationiw69 and in swedish the root has mutated into the word qvinna 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 fitta iw69 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 you mannyrayner 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 emotionally mannyrayner actually, i m not sure i quiteiw69 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 course mannyrayner 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 why mannyrayner to start with, i m sitting in an airport lobby i need to be at my gate within the next twenty minutesmannyrayner isadora mannyrayner hello, are you still there mannyrayner did i say something wrong mannyrayner well, if it was zipless enough for you, then it was zipless enough for memannyrayner bye

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    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.The 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 writer.While 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 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 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, too, just want to get down and dirty and out the door.But no Even today, 109 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 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 time.The second is a dilemma that s just 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 another There are also other issues within the context of those issues Do women have to get married Why do we feel we have to Etc.Again, 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 that s true of both the character and the author.As 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 current.Are 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 upsetting.None 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 brow.Original review I kindofsortof hate it when people say things like this book changed my life, but if I was going to say that about just one book, I would say it about this one.Yes, it s neurotic, yes, it s self obsessed But I like it that way, and there s still plenty to take 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 cough.In 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 week.Though this book is obviously marketed towards women, I think it s just as important reading for men.

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    Speed dating with books 1 6Since 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 bought 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 accomplished.The 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 cunt pussy 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.

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    Summer, 1972A top editor at a publishing firm in NYC 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 request, but stays outwardly calm as he puts down the coffee cup and follows the editor into his office.The 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 desk.The 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 nods.The 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 intern.The 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 quick 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 leaves.After 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 autobiography EJ Well, it all really happened, but, no, biographies don t sell.The 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, yes.Intern And my editor he led me to understand that you would classify this as feminist literature EJ nods vigorously Oh, yes Naturally.Intern But why feminist I mean, what exactly about it is feminist EJ flicks back her head and laughs Well, I believe you ve noticed I m a woman The intern pulls at his tie as though imagining it s become a noose It s just 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 during 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, just 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 quickly out the door.The 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 lit This 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.

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    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 just that the reminder that other people are having sex while you are or are not is.I ve been quoted 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 f k 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 thrilling but pretentious Rabbit Run by Updike.

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    Eons ago, I d heard this book consisted wholely of sex zipless fucks.Surprise 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 bits.Jong 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 bookshelf.The audiobook narrator is stupendous

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    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 and full of fucking Also well known to be zipless It was like having a landmine on the table, if I opened it I could lose a leg, or some other fleshly part I d have to learn to type with my ear When I did summon up the courage I was a little bit well, deflated As opposed to being flated, which I had been It was like pages of stand up comedy of a very middling sort but with buckets of f words and c words Let s make fun of being f word Jewish American and finding yourself in c word Germany Let s make fun of being married Let s make fun of having sex with your husband but thinking about another man Ah, look, a clitoris What is this, a feminist version of The Lucille Ball Show It s all a bit obvious these days Actually it sort of sounds like it was pretty obvious those days too let s see, what do you think of when I say the words Jewish American Psychoanalysis And complicated family history involving Nazis And problematic religion Jewish mothers And kvetching A whole lot of that But there s no doubt Fear of Flying was a sensation in 1973.When it wasn t mild stand up comedy it was that old boring thinly disguised autobiography so let me tell you about all my old boyfriends and former masturbation techniques and two really crap marriages and I must not forget to disgorge pages and pages about how I always wanted to be a writer of pages and pages about being a writer Novels about novelists should all be deleted, removed from shelves, pulped, unpublished, unwritten, obliterated Along with films about film making, songs about songwriting, paintings of the painter painting and sculptures of the sculptor having sculpted This arse gazing must stop Memo to artists you are not alone in the universe If you were, you wouldn t be able to be despised, alienated and misunderstood, and what a horror would that be, not being despised, alienated and misunderstood Every man, deep down, knows he s a worthless piece of shit joked Valerie Solanis in The SCUM Manifesto in 1968 Ha ha, she was only joking, right No, wait, she wasn t, she shot Andy Warhol Now that s what I call feminism No mucking around I know, it ill behooves me to make pronouncements on this stuff But I think I can say that some books don t really travel through time very well, you have to have been there, and this is one I thought it was going to be plenty sexy stuff but nah, Erica just talks the talk, she doesn t shag the shag Not in any great absorbing detail And the constant moaning and griping about Erica s sorry her protagonist s rich privileged highly educated upper middle class poetry writing and publishing psychoanalytical conference attending Europe a travelling life becomes a bit grating after a while Also, many of the long conversations between Erica sorry Isadora and her boyfriend are like many conversations you may remember in your own tortured yet banal existence Which is why some women jumped on this novel and said yes This is what life is like I m not saying I don t wanna read about what life is like, but I don t wanna read about what my life was like especially It wasn t very interesting It also wasn t Jewish or American but there were striking similarities, mainly in the rubbishness of the actual conversations But then, if your middle class privileged life and its vast angst has always heretofore been rigorously excluded from the pages of The Novel then maybe that is why F of F was a good thing and is now suffering from the Citizen Kane effect which is where the great originator in some art form or another now looks rather tacky and tedious and tiresome because everyone has stolen all its ideas blind and copied it for ever after it appeared.A deeply unfair 2.5 stars

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    Earlier 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, Mom Why 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 judgment, so here goes.Let 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 on Well, 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 question, which is where is summer 2008 s John Travolta to my own excruciatingly irritating Olivia Newton John See These are the kinds of burning questions 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 coordination.Did I mention there re about fifty bared biceps between here and the train The librarian girl thing might work in the winter when we re all bundled up, but baby, it s hot outside.Anyway, 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 everything.Naked lady Unfortunately, so far this is one of the most terribly written piece of crap I ve started in a long time, which is why I just sat down here and wrote all this stuff I m procrastinating from my fun, trashy read just eight pages in Not a good sign.Well, we ll see.Stay tuned.

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    20 million copies sold A 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 time.But 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 masquerading as fiction If I hadn t been reading it 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 and 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.

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