Fear of Dying: A Novel

Fear of Dying: A Novel

by Erica Jong

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ISBN-13: 9780594746812
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 513,105
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

ERICA JONG is a poet, novelist, and essayist, best known for her eight New York Times bestselling novels, including Fear of Flying (which has sold 27 million copies in forty languages) and Fear of Fifty. Ms. Jong is also the author of seven award-winning collections of poetry. Her latest, Love Comes First, was released by Tarcher-Penguin in January 2009. In addition, Jong has written several nonfiction books. Her work has appeared all over the world.

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Fear of Dying 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisherthrough NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] " So, this is a story about heaven and hell. Just so you know. The hell of writing is self-censorship. The heaven is the freedom of speaking the truth. Women have a particular problem with this." Vanessa is part of a sandwich: she's dealing, as we all do at some time, with end of life issues as her parents are both under pallitive care. And her husband has just had major surgery for an anuerism. And her daughter is expecting her first grandchild. And so on... and so on.... So Vanessa, one of three daughters, is rather retrospective. And, as is Jong's wont she pours it out in this book. Vanessa, in the end, is searching for herself. In her youth, Jong was searching for the "zipless f**k", then her searches brought her to exploring faith and spirituality, and now, she's intergrating all that she's learned into becoming an elder, in and ongoung process. Jong's writing style, once I found its intention, speaks volumes to me. I abhorred "Fear of Flying" because it just wasn't for my generation. However, I've used her work throught my thirty year career as sermon fodder, examples for Socratic dialogue, quoted it on the radio, argued in many venues about it and grown into an unique intergration and respect for the writings she dares to share. This may not be your cuppa and that's understandable. However, I really liked this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it was ok - read in a few days but the ending was disappointing and somewhat abrupt.
KateTall More than 1 year ago
Why do we want to read about a narcissist who goes out on a sex website looking for whatever while claiming to love her husband? The main character is so self-absorbed, I wanted to slap her silly! The parts about her aging/dying parents were sometimes touching, and the scene where she and her sister were going through the mom's effects reminded me of when my mom passed away. But we were poor, so there was no need to fight over any jewelry - there were only odd mementos that mom had kept. Thanks to her, I now have every report card from first grade through high school! I was in the middle of a divorce, my mom's death, and the death of a close friend when "Fear of Flying" was published, so I never read it. I thought it was a prequel to this one, so I read it just before taking this one on. Maybe it was too much meaningless sex and self-absorption in proximity, but I found both books annoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Fear of Flying when I was thirteen and I loved it. I was glad to see the return of Isadora Wing in the second half of the book (though she is not the main character) this book).. The first half of the book dragged. It was too much about the death of elderly parents. While the death of parents when they are old is sad these are not "tragic" deaths. Furthermore, I think Ms. Jong is the best as a writer when she writes humor/satire. (I happen to think good satire is just as important as good drama). During the second half of the book, the main character describes the death of her dog, meets up with her friend Isadora Wing, and has to deal with her husbands ex-wives. The story line picks up. Again Ms. Jong is her best as a writer when she makes us laugh about women, sexism and sex. It is in the second half of the book that she demonstrates the qualities. I received a free copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review.