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Fear of Dying di [Jong, Erica]
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"How she was able to deal with all these sensitive issues and still make the book funny is amazing. I loved reading it" (WOODY ALLEN)<br ><br >"Erica Jong has done it again! Fear of Dying is a big, bawdy, beautifully-written romp through online hookups, female friendships, children grappling with adulthood and parents negotiating with death. Fear of Dying is big, warm-hearted, generous book that will satisfy Jong's longtime fans and delight her new readers" (JENNIFER WEINER)<br ><br >"Moving and deeply poetic, Fear of Dying is a compelling novel that truly understands the process of aging. With astonishing images on every page, Erica Jong gives us a veiled spiritual autobiography with an unstoppable quality, a narrative momentum that held me from first to last as it seamlessly unfolds from Jong's previous work, yet with sharp new edge, giving us a wise book, a book to savoUr" (JAY PARINI)<br ><br >"Erica Jong has written a whip-smart, insightful, hilarious and ridiculously relatable new novel . . . Destined to be called an instant classic, I could not put this stunning book down. In 1973, Fear of Flying was the book we needed, now the book we need is Fear of Dying" (JULIE KLAM)<br ><br >"Erica Jong fans, rejoice! Her new novel, the cleverly and aptly titled Fear of Dying, is a truth-teller's dream. In it, Jong and her alter egos face life's most difficult challenges, head on and all at once. As the great poet William Butler Yeats wrote, "the only two things worth writing about are sex and death," and in Fear of Dying, Jong takes on both. Along the way, she also tells the story of a marriage that grows happier despite all. This wise book, written in prose gorgeous enough to make one swoon, will delight and enrich the lives of everyone who reads it" (ROSEMARY DANIELL)<br ><br >"

Praise for Fear of Flying:

'Belongs to, and hilariously extends, the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Portnoy's Complaint, that of the New York voice on the couch, the smart kid's lament . . . fierce and fresh, tender, and exact'

" (JOHN UPDIKE)<br ><br >"Will make literary history . . . because of it women are going to find their own voice and give us great sagas of sex, life, joy, and adventure" (HENRY MILLER)<br ><br >"The book that started it all by the woman who started it all" (NAOMI WOLF) --Woody Allen

"For young women of my generation, the story of Isadora Wing and her search for no-strings, satisfying sex was daring and startling and wonderful. It was like, "I am not the only woman who has fantasies - sexual or otherwise". When I met Erica Jong, not long after the book was published, I couldn't even speak because I was so in awe" (JUDY BLUME, My Life in Books Elle) --Judy Blume

"Transcends being a woman's book and becomes a latter-day Ulysses, with a female Bloom stumbling and groping, but surviving" (Wall Street Journal) --Wall Street Journal


'I loved Fear of Dying. I found it irreverent, funny, tender and very wise and it made me feel more alive' RACHEL JOYCE, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Vanessa Wonderman is smart, sexy - and sixty. After a lifetime of crazy families, New York high society and playing a soap opera archvillain bitch, she's not ready to give up yet. But life's not so carefree any more. Her parents are dying, her husband's in hospital and her wild-child daughter is pregnant.

So when she signs up to a casual encounters site, she's thinking of leaving her wifelife behind - at least for a little bit. However, the most painful parts of your past always have away of surprising you. Will she learn in time how to live, how to love, how to be fearless?

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  • Editore: Canongate Books; Main edizione (29 ottobre 2015)
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The subject is not an easy one but i still think that the book is somehow superficial but very much erica
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4.0 su 5 stelle Intelligent, literary novel -- "Fear is a waste of life" 13 luglio 2015
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I was 21-years-old when Erica Jong's FEAR OF FLYING was published, and I remember being mesmerized by the way she wrote about sex. This was 1973, and while the woman's movement was definitely going strong, female sexuality was still something mysterious and not totally acceptable to talk about. But Jong's narrator, Isadora Wing, longed for what she called the "zipless ****," a spontaneous sexual encounter with a nameless stranger that would be pure experience without attachments, strings, or obligations. And now, over four decades later, Jong revisits Isadora's world in FEAR OF DYING, which focuses on the vast changes in women's lives as we grow old and face our own mortality. This time, the narrator is 60-year-old Vanessa Wonderman, a "darling friend" of Isadora's who is dealing with her aging parents, her 85-year-old husband, and a beloved standard poodle also nearing his end. The story Vanessa tells is somber and difficult, but also uplifting and affirming in surprising ways. I'm just a few years older than Vanessa, and I totally identify with her struggles to deal with her dying parents, her fears about her husband's health issues, and her oddly beautiful attachment to her poodle Belinda. It's just the sex talk that doesn't quite work for me this time around. And there's lot of it!

The one thing I remember most about FEAR OF FLYING was what happened when Isadora finally found herself in a position to experience the "zipless ****." Instead of leaping into it with open arms, she rebuffed the stranger's advances, realizing only much later that she had missed her chance. In FEAR OF DYING, Vanessa is a former soap opera actress who has had many zipless experiences, as well as countless "zipped-up" ones. She's been married several times, had an abundance of lovers, and sees herself as a sexually free woman. She's also super wealthy, as is her billionaire husband. But as she watches her parents grow weaker and weaker in their final months of life, it's sex she hopes will save her from the "fear of dying." She runs an ad on a fantasy sex website. She contacts former lovers. What does she want, Jong asks? "I wanted sex to prove that I would never die," Vanessa says.

Like Vanessa and Isadora (and like Erica Jong), I've changed a lot in the past 40-plus years. What titillated and intrigued me in 1973 doesn't quite do the same today. I, too, am dealing with the end of my parents' lives. Like Vanessa's Asher, my own husband has health issues that threaten to cut short his life. And my own beloved cat (like Vanessa's dog, Belinda) is showing signs that her life, too, may be nearing its end. It's all very hard, and very real, and very much a part of all of our lives. But I can't quite identify with Vanessa's delight in sexual dalliances, her love of sexually charged words I can't imagine using in casual speech, or her conviction that through orgasm she can immunize herself against death. The novel's first line is, "I used to love the power I had over men," which is all about sex. By the end, however, Vanessa realizes that "We give [sex] much more power than it perhaps deserves."

I loved parts of FEAR OF DYING, because it spoke to me of things I, myself, am pondering these days. What gives us purpose? How can we forgive ourselves our shortcomings? How can we forgive those who have hurt us? And how can we face the end of life, when we're never quite sure what living is in the first place? As Vanessa finally says, "Death is fearlessness. It's the anticipation of our dying that's the problem." In some ways, Vanessa begins this novel believing that life is a huge joke, with death as its ultimate punch line. She longs for sex as a means of anesthetizing herself against the punch in the gut she knows will eventually come. But she learns pretty much the same thing her friend Isadora did years before - life and death are the same thing. The very act of living is also the act of dying, since every step we take, every move we make, brings us that much closer to the end. It's not sex that ends up saving Vanessa, but living. "Don't be afraid," Jong tells us. "Fear is a waste of life." And that is something we can all celebrate.

This is an intelligent and literary novel with a believable and identifiable protagonist. She may be a bit more sexually super-charged than many of us in our sixties, but her journey is in many ways all of ours. I do recommend FEAR OF DYING.
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1.0 su 5 stelle Disappointing and embarrassing 13 febbraio 2016
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I read Erica Jong's Fear of Flying and How to Save Your Own Life as a young feminist at the time they were published. I loved both books. I thought they were witty, insightful, well-constructed and well-written, and just all-around fun, terrific reads. I could quote from both of them. When I saw that Jong had published Fear of Dying I bought it eagerly. What a disappointment! This book is long, vapid, narcissistic, rambling and - ultimately - utterly boring. Vanessa, the main character, is not believable. And if Jong is depicting a real person, this isn't someone I would be interested in knowing anything about. I also consider it to be very sloppy writing which shows little respect for the reader. It's repetitive. It's redundant. Its lengthy musings wander in a disorganized fashion. It's presumptuous. Jong employs a great deal of generalization and claims to speak for all women. There's little evidence of an editorial hand. It's hard not to be think that Jong and her publisher hoped to cash in on her former success.and that this book was written quickly in order to do so.
I want to note something else that I haven't seen mentioned in other reviews. Jong gets alot wrong about Jewish ritual observance, sacred text and liturgy. I cringed as I read some of her pronouncements. Her portrayal of Judaism is embarrassing to those who are actually Jewishly literate, treasure Judaism, and work hard to make themselves knowledgeable about it. Just because she writes about Judaism doesn't mean she actually knows what she's talking about. (She doesn't.) Who on earth edited this?
8 di 9 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
2.0 su 5 stelle Should Have Read the Reviews 16 ottobre 2015
Di Seattle Reader - Pubblicato su
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I should have read the reviews before ordering it. My opinion of this book is that it is a self indulgent exercise by the author in milking money from the reading public by playing on the title of her most well known work, Fear of Flying. The protagonist is hard to relate to. After all, how many of us have hugely successful careers in show business (TV soaps mostly), a billionaire adoring husband who is fine with her finding lovers right and left, so rich she has homes (5 if I remember correctly) in places like Paris, New York, etc. and a private jet to transport her wherever she chooses. BUT, is still whining and complaining about various "problems" to her BFF, a character, Isadora Wing, from Jong's first book. I could go on and on but you get the idea. I gave it 2 stars because I did finish reading it but was gritting my teeth with exasperation much of the time. Not recommended.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Disappointing 25 settembre 2015
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The first part of the book was good but it deteriorated toward the last section. Very cliche ending....go to India and find enlightenment...not believable given the characters in the story who suddenly, after a a life of superficial values, suddenly become wise. Also shows a lack of basic knowledge of Hinduism eg. mistaking Shiva for Krishna! Disappointing.
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2.0 su 5 stelle Swing, and a miss..... 30 dicembre 2015
Di bgl - Pubblicato su
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I really wanted to like this book. I kept hoping that it would get better. It never got better. I liked "Fear of Flying" and hoped this book would be just as good. Instead, it is a platform for Ms. Jong to share her various anxieties about growing older. Unlike Nora Ephron, who handled the subject of aging with great aplomb and humor, Ms. Jong's attempts fall flat and reveal much narcissism.
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