Pros: thought-provoking, compelling, intelligent, you will learn about the human psyche
Cons: over-use of profanity
"Fear of Flying" by Erica Jong is often thought of us as a revolutionary novel. Written some 30 years ago, this novel about Isadora Wing's journey of self-discovery is still shockingly fresh in the year 2000. Isadora travels to Vienna with her shrink husband for a psychiatrists conference in Vienna. She becomes infatuated with Adrian Goodlove, another psychiatrist and embarks with him on an emotional roller-coster that spans Europe. Her journey takes 28 days (not a coincidence) but includes several flashbacks.
While the story is interesting, Jong's philosophical insight is what makes this book great. It is obvious that the author is extremely intelligent and has tremendous insight into the human (especially female) psyche. In addition, it is a milestone book in female literature since it was one of the first works to acknowledge that women (and not just men... gasp!!!!) have sexual fantasies. Jong uses quite a bit of x-rated language, but it is certainly not pornography. But, if you are unwilling to accept human nature and women as just as sexual as men, then this book is not for you.
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Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In <i>The New York Times</i>, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, <i>Tropic of Cancer</i> and predicted that "this book will make literary history..." It has sold more than 12-million copies. Now, after 30 years, the revolutionary novel known as <i>Fear of Flying</i> still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.