Thursday, May 14, 2009

Review of the Day: Fear of Flying



What a surprise! I put off reading Fear of Flying for years, afraid it was just some outdated, feminist apologia. I was wrong. It is funny, charming, and completely engaging. I was alternately reminded of Philip Roth, Woody Allen, Two for the Road, and Sex and the City. Loved it!

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9 comments :

Lezlie said...

I admit to blowing this one off for a long time for the same reasons. Maybe I'll rethink that!

Lezlie

Caitlin said...

I love this book & it's wry sense of humor. Plus she introduced the concept of the zipless f**k & that's always amused me.

Terri B. said...

How interesting. I thought the same thing you did. Now I think I will read it sometime!

Nicole said...

Sounds good. I had heard of this, but now it sounds like a must read.

Rose City Reader said...

It is now one of my favorites. I gave it five stars, which I reserve for the very few books I really, really like and think have real literary or historic value.

It is probably not for everyone, because it is about sex, divorce, and adultery. But it doesn't seem particularly scandalous these days, like it must have when it first came out.

J.G. said...

Wow! How nice to be pleasantly surprised by this one. I skipped it, too, but I guess it's a classic.

regularrumination said...

It wasn't so much that I didn't sympathize with Isadora, because to a certain extent I did. I guess it was just her reaction to her situation that got to me.

Love hearing some different opinions though! Thanks for think :D

regularrumination said...

I meant the link... somehow that got changed to think. Nice!

dolcebellezza said...

This was the 'dirty book' of my youth, hidden under parents beds or behind other books in their shelves. I remember it have the "f" word in it, quite shocking for my youth!, and I remember enjoying the empowerment Erica Jong gives women through her characters.

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