Sappho's Leap: A Novel

Sappho's Leap: A Novel

by Erica Jong
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Sappho's Leap: A Novel by Erica Jong

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393325614
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/17/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,069,236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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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Sappho's Leap 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Is this book readable for a 14-year old? (Meaning, sex?)
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is one of the best books i have ever read, even my mom liked it. It is a beautiful story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.