FEAR OF FLYING by ERICA JONG
Fear of Flying is the story of Isadora Wing, one of
the most hilarious and touching anti- heroines to ever
appear in fiction. A compulsive daydreamer, a seeker of
saviors and psychiatrists, the author of a book of
supposedly erotic poems, and a full-fledged phobic who
fears flying but will not allow that fear to keep her off
planes, Isadora relates her adventures and misadventures
with wit, exuberance, and the sort of absolute candor that
for centuries was permitted only to men.
On a trip to Vienna to attend a psycholanalytic congress
with her psychiatrist husband, she meets an uninhibited
Laingian analyst who seems the embodiment of all her
steamiest fantasies. He lures her away from her husband on
an existential jaunt across Europe, sleeping by roadsides,
changing partners with people met at campsites, re-
evaluating her life in some painful and funny ways. But
the trip proves to be a journey backward in time as well
as a reshuffle of the present..
Though Isadora fears flying (in all possible senses of the
word), she forces herself to keep traveling, to risk her
marriage and her life is pursuit of her own brand of
liberation. How she finds it and loses her fear is what
Fear of Flying is all about.
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