Sappho's Leap

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"Sappho's Leap delights."—USA TodaySappho's Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus, plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island, and is caught and married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and ...

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Overview

"Sappho's Leap delights."—USA TodaySappho's Leap is a journey back 2,600 years to inhabit the mind of the greatest love poet the world has ever known. At the age of fourteen, Sappho is seduced by the beautiful poet Alcaeus, plots with him to overthrow the dictator of their island, and is caught and married off to a repellent older man in hopes that matrimony will keep her out of trouble. Instead, it starts her off on a series of amorous adventures with both men and women, taking her from Delphi to Egypt, and even to the Land of the Amazons and the shadowy realm of Hades.
Erica Jong—always our keenest-eyed chronicler of the wonders and vagaries of sex and love—has found the perfect subject for a witty and sensuous tale of a passionate woman ahead of her time. A generation of readers who have been moved to laughter and recognition by Jong's heroines will be enchanted anew by her re-creation of the immortal poet.

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Editorial Reviews

Jay Parini
“I've been a grateful reader of her rich and varied work for decades. But no book has excited and delighted me as much as Sappho's Leap.”
Anne Roiphe
“What a romp, what fun, what good sex, what a pleasure it is to read Sappho. Who would think that the distant dim classical world could be transformed into such a startling adventure...?”
Susan Cheever
“If Odysseus had been a woman, this is the journey he might have taken.”
New York Post
“Read Sappho's Leap. It will give you a lot of fresh new ideas about life, love, and sex.”
New York Observer
“Jong's warm-blooded Sappho...is a champion of squirmy physicality, epic love and—best of all—heroic nonconformity.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393325614
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 626,720
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica Jong

Erica Jong is the author of eight novels—including Fear of Flying—six books of poetry, and several works of nonfiction. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: On the Cliff XV
1 Legends of Aphrodite 1
2 The Groom Comes 18
3 Walking Through the Fire 31
4 Gold Flower 43
5 The Priestess of Isis 56
6 Messages from the Barbarians 67
7 Gold, a Shipwreck, and a Dream 78
8 At the Navel of the Earth 89
9 Aesop at the Orgy 99
10 The Pharaoh's Slave 111
11 At Sea 121
12 Among the Amazons 130
13 The Amazoniad 141
14 The Coming of Pegasus 153
15 Ghosts 160
16 After Hades' Realm 171
17 Demeter and Osiris 178
18 Sirens 184
19 Air, Fire, and Water 193
20 Of Love and Serpents 201
21 Among the Centaurs 207
22 The Eye of Horus 214
23 Home 222
24 After Timas 239
25 The Binding of the Babe 251
26 The Curse of Beautiful Men 258
27 A Sacrifice, a Prayer, a Ring 269
28 Kinship 278
29 The Great White Rock 285
Epilogue 289
Author's Afterword 293
Talking to Aphrodite 299
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Question

    Is this book readable for a 14-year old?
    (Meaning, sex?)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2007

    Boring,audiobook

    The author didn't do her story any justice by reading the audiobook herself.Her voice is flat and nonexpressive turning a possibly interesting plot into repetitive dullness.I stopped listening after tape 3a.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2004

    so excited

    I haven't found a book so imaginative since Memoirs of a Geisha. I am so happy that I read this!! It was fabulous!!! Sappho is truly immortal!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    A wonderful enchanting mythology tale!

    This is one of my favorite books,I love greek mythology so It was a given that I would want to read 'Sappho's Leap'. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I would highly recomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2003

    fantastic

    I held off reading this book until I knew I could give it my full and undivided attention. I knew it would be worth the wait. I felt the story was amazing and that the sex was not particular vulgur or distastful.I thought it painted a wonderful picture of what Sappho's life could have been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2003

    amazing

    this book is one of the best books i have ever read, even my mom liked it. It is a beautiful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    its great

    i really enjoyed the book and couldnt stop reading. im a personal fan of greek myths or anything in relation to it. the book was written well, in a style that kept you turning the pages. i think its what everyone should enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    too much sex

    this book is very flat. every other page is an orgy. i stopped reading it at about page 188. some of the descriptions of greek life are opulent which i enjoyed. classical myths are alluded to like going down to hades-but its all on a glittery surface level-not very deap. dont get me wrong erotic scenes can be a good thing but in this book it is in every chapter and it is the same scenario each time. even the sex scenes are flat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    enjoyable and adventurous

    I curled up with Sappho's Leap one rainy afternoon and didn't stop reading until I finished it in the middle of the night! Through Sappho's eyes I can see the old worlds, and while admittedly not completely historically accurate (a few fantasy-driven scenes come to mind) the descriptions of Lesbos and the surrounding lands really make the landscape come to life. I liked Sappho's 'realness', and it was funny to think that she struggled with some of the same issues that women in the 21st century still have trouble with! There were some strange moments though that could have been cut out without harming the book (read it and you'll know exactly what I mean) but they were few and far between, and barely noticeable in the grand scheme of things. Good job, Erica Jong.

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