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Fear of Dying: A Novel von Erica Jong
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Fear of Dying: A Novel (Original 2015; 2015. Auflage)

von Erica Jong (Autor)

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"As the afternoon of life looms over Vanessa Wonderman, she watches her parents age, attends doctor appointments with her pregnant daughter, and sits by the hospital bed of her husband, Asher, fifteen years her senior. With her best years as an actress behind her, she's discovering that beginnings are easy, but endings can be hard. Could her fountain of youth fantasies be fulfilled on zipless.com? A site inspired by the writings of her best friend, Isadora Wing, it promises "no strings attached" encounters-and Vanessa is so restless that she's willing to try anything" --… (mehr)
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Titel:Fear of Dying: A Novel
Autoren:Erica Jong (Autor)
Info:St. Martin's Press (2015), Edition: F First Edition, 288 pages
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I read the book with low expectations given its low rating here and Goodreads. Turns out to be better than expected though the book would be tighter with less fantasizing and philosophizing. I had identified with Vanessa as she struggled with her parents' imminent death. How do you pull the plug on your parent even when he is old and ill? You can't. ( )
  siok | Oct 17, 2021 |
I didn't expect great things, but this book grated on my nerves! Vanessa kept asking "What was wrong with my generation of women?" "How did my generation of feminism get so wrong?" What really is the question here? In what context is she really asking? What did it had to do with wanting to get laid as she did throughout the story? What did it have to do with her parents dying or her older husband becoming seriously ill? While she spins the life questions we all ask well, she seems to wring her hands throughout about nearly everything. The answer to some of those questions was simply herself: I wanted to respond that it was perhaps herself who had happened to feminism. Could it have been as Vanessa let her career sink after she married her wealthy husband…."I married Asher, my acting career had gone to that place women's acting careers used to go…" Yes, the cliche of women actors whose sell-by date is shorter than their male counterparts. But I don't necessarily buy that here. I think she married and let go of her career and her own feistiness. ( )
  ShelBeck | Apr 3, 2016 |
As a 60ish woman, it was great to read a novel where the main character is faced with many of the same problems that my friends and I have - being caught in the struggle between problems with children. problems with parents and problems with what aging does to our bodies. The author handled all of this and more in her book. This is more of a series of vignettes than it is a novel but it was amusing and sad and enjoyable. It might be difficult for someone young to understand some of the problems that the author discusses in this book but its a must read for anyone who is 60 or over. ( )
  susan0316 | Dec 26, 2015 |
Eloquently written story of life- one woman's life, loves, fears, happiness, wants and reality. It's a poignant look into the later stages of life, and all that it takes to get there. Jong, and ultimately Vanessa too, get it as she writes "Going on is the ultimate test." So true! This is a story of going on, facing trials and living through life experiences that shape who we are and who we become. Fabulous book!
*I received an arc from NetGalley for an honest review ( )
  KimMcReads | Nov 5, 2015 |
I was around 20/21 when I read Fear of Flying. Supposedly the feminist bible of its time I was a trifle too young to actually relate to the heroine. Not so with Fear of dying.

I once had a job where i was shadowing a woman who walked into every account and started the call off with a dirty joke. Several days of this and I was.panicked. I called my boss and told him I could never do this job! I news very few jokes and none of them very dirty!

I feel the same way now today reading erica jong. And I think I also felt this way 40 years ago with FOF.

Are there really women so out there like this? Seemingly totally obsessed with....the sex act? The coming? T he thrill? To need it so badly you search it out on Web site's and meet old lovers because your hubs is 20 years older than you. I can't wrap my head around her dancing In a provocative way ......it scares me into thinkink am I the only woman who didn't receive the memo.

"But my memories of her changed. Instead of the ghostly centurion lying in the bed, she became the energetic mother of my youth..." " though I could no go back in time, it seemed she could. "

After all the sex astonishing part, the parents passing really spoke to me. Loosing ones parents is thd universal wake up call. You are no longer the child and next in line to kick the bucket.

I liked it even though she is sex crazed (lol) I could relate entirety with her experiences of her parents dying.

On the other hand it seems A hodge podge of unsorted stories culminating in an acceptance of death. ( )
  Alphawoman | Oct 12, 2015 |
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"As the afternoon of life looms over Vanessa Wonderman, she watches her parents age, attends doctor appointments with her pregnant daughter, and sits by the hospital bed of her husband, Asher, fifteen years her senior. With her best years as an actress behind her, she's discovering that beginnings are easy, but endings can be hard. Could her fountain of youth fantasies be fulfilled on zipless.com? A site inspired by the writings of her best friend, Isadora Wing, it promises "no strings attached" encounters-and Vanessa is so restless that she's willing to try anything" --

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