Monday, September 22, 2014
Fear of Flying by Erica Jong
When I first started reading this book, I read the introduction and realized what a different time period it was written in. Then, the book seemed kind of like a time capsule into the 1970s. At first I thought it was rather funny. Then, just like the main character enjoys sex with her husband for a while and then finds it boring after several years, I enjoyed the book for a very short while and then found it to be boring, overly introspective and whiney. I think that perhaps it was more relevant in the time period in which it was written, which is why it was so popular then, but I do not think it will enjoy a revival in popularity now. The main character, Isadora, is married to a psychoanalyst and goes to Europe with him to a psychoanalyst convention where she runs off with another psychoanalyst whom she craves and desires, but he is rather disgusting and usually impotent. As she tells the story she remembers her past marriage and affairs and analyzes her reasons for all of her poor choices. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.