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  • Fear of Flying

  • By: Erica Jong
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 155

Originally published in 1973, the groundbreaking, uninhibited story of Isadora Wing and her desire to fly free caused a national sensation. In The New York Times, Henry Miller compared it to his own classic, Tropic of Cancer 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 Fear of Flying still stands as a timeless tale of self-discovery, liberation, and womanhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't give up on it...

  • By Kristi on 01-09-08

Really wanted to love this book!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-19

This book is really well written. I love the prose and descriptions of the characters. The humor is also really great throughout. However, I didn’t completely fall in love this book. I really had trouble connecting with the protagonist, Isadora. She just came off as this really privileged woman who at times was not relatable. The author’s descriptions of emotions and the neuroses of the character were poignant, but the character at her core just seemed spoiled and entitled. It honestly felt like a story for upper class women not for all women, and maybe that was the intention? The whole narrative of this woman galavanting around Europe complaining about her kept life was nauseating. Maybe if character was a little less narcissistic and little more “woke”, she would be more dynamic. *spoiler alert, her redemption is getting over codependency, but I think if she examined her own privilege it would truly been a more well rounded feminist novel. Overall, I did enjoy this book and it’s worth the read for the brilliant writing style.