This book was a big deal when it came out and I kinda wanted to see what all the fuss is about. It probably has to be seen in context (it was released in 1973), as female sexuality, while still capable of generating controversy and misunderstanding, is more a part of pop culture ("50 Shades of Grey," "Girls," pop tarts like Katy Perry) than it was in the dark days of the early 70s. Jong's novel was pioneering, but that doesn't mean it's particularly good. It reads more like a period piece, a literary relic, than a living, breathing novel. Then again, I'm a man and it's probably not meant for me. Includes an afterword by Jong and appreciative essays from John Updike and Henry Miller, who modestly compares it to his own books. Introduced the term "zipless f***" to the lexicon.
Interesting. 7 of 10 for me.
Intelligent and well-written. I really felt like I was in the main character's head, though I didn't always agree with her actions.
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