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by Erica Jong

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Any Woman's Blues, first published in 1990, is a tale of addiction and narcissism-the twin obsessions of ourage. I am an Erica Jong fan. I have read all of her books. World-famous folk singer Leila Sand emerged from the sixties and seventies with addictions to drugs and booze. Leila's latest addiction is to a younger man who leaves her sexually ecstatic but emotionally bereft. The orgasmic frenzies trump the betrayals.

Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. from Barnard College and a . in 18th Century English Literature from Columbia University.

Leila Sand's "blues'' aren't like those of any other Читать весь отзыв. Erica Jong was born on March 26, 1942. She also attended Columbia University's graduate writing program where she studied poetry.

Any Woman's Blues book. Erica Jong-novelist, poet, and essayist-has consistently used her craft to help provide women with a powerful and rational voice in forging a feminist consciousness.

Erica Jong (née Mann; born March 26, 1942) is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying

Erica Jong (née Mann; born March 26, 1942) is an American novelist, satirist, and poet, known particularly for her 1973 novel Fear of Flying. The book became famously controversial for its attitudes towards female sexuality and figured prominently in the development of second-wave feminism. According to The Washington Post, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

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Any Woman's Blues, first published in 1990, is a tale of addiction and narcissism-the twin obsessions . A Novel of Obsession. Books related to Any Woman's Blues. Erica Jong is the author of nineteen books of poetry, fiction, and memoir, including Fear of Flying, which has more than 18 million copies in print worldwide.

BOOK CLUB EDITION From Library Journal: Leila Sand's "blues" aren't like those of any other. She's a world-class artist, a 40-something beauty with a 20-something lover, a mother of irresistible twin daughters, and a loyal friend with an unwavering support network. She's also a woman with a few addictions. In this latest novel, told as a roman a clef by Isadora Wing (of Jong's earlier books), Jong takes on the in-vogue themes of addiction, codependency, and recovery. But in Leila's journey from insanity to serenity, something doesn't ring true: her blue's simply aren't blue enough. It's as if our heroine just said "no" to addiction and then resumed her life with everything intact. This work begins with lots of promise, and the narrative is jazzed up with Jong's trademark raucous exploits and on-the-mark observations; the running theme of duality also adds interest. The narrative slips, however, when Leila joins Alcoholics Anonymous and does not itself recover in time for Jong's tidy finish. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/89. - Michele Lodge, New York Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I liked this book because it allowed me to see the fallacy of our beliefs and the struggles that many of us go through looking for fulfillment believing that sexual ecstasy is the answer. Reading this book I had many awakening thoughts and surprised that I was tearful as I read the last paragraph of the Afterwards section. Two years ago I lost my husband in a fatal accident and have not been able to paint or work on a book that I started writing in the late 80s about a love affair but now I feel the desire to do both again .
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I am an Erica Jong fan. I have read all of her books. So this book was and is a favorite of mine, plus the book I received was pretty close to being new. That pretty much sums up my satisfaction with my purchase.
In ANY WOMAN'S BLUES, you can learn (if you pay attention) the 'Rules of Love,' the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and the 'Key to Serenity,' typical of the high-life of the nineties. I'm glad mine wasn't played out on that level.

Willie Dixon wrote, "the blues ain't nothing but the facts of life." She quotes a lot of old 'blues' lyrics from the twenties and even 'Down in the Dumps' from 1958. We all have moods intermittently. She felt that every character in every book is a part of that mysterious mosaic we call our 'self.' For the most part, I believe this, too, but usually associate it with first novels.

In 1973, Erica Jong wrote her debut novel, FEAR OF FLYING, in which she taught us how to fly -- her way. Seventeen years later, here she comes again but this time, she shows us how to land.

In between, she had five poetry books and five other novels published. In them, she dared to explore realms which other writers were afraid to explore. She's had a following of devoted readers who appreciate her wit, insights, and ability to tackle important and difficult subjects such as divorce, adultery, and miracles. Serenissina (about Venice) is one of her best novels, in my opinion. Some of the poetry, I found a little hard to understand, as in WITCHES.

To say she is a complicated writer, praised by John Updike, Margaret Atwood, Henry Miller, and other notables is putting it mildly. If you've read Updike, consider a female verison on similar themes. Later, she wrote about Henry Miller in THE DEVIL AT LARGE, and INVENTING MEMORY about Mothers and Daughters.

In this one, she goes from highs to lows emotionally and almost loses her grip on sanity and self-destruct on alcohol and co- dependency. I was codependent once but not in the way her artist/mother is. Not on a younger lover, but on my youngest son who was my 'whole life,' You can never put that burden on another person; then when they are no longer there, you feel you can't survive alone. But you can!

The young stud Donezal leaves her feeling worthless, betrayed and empty. That's the folly of loving a younger man. This woman has lived the high life (as opposed to my meager existence in a small Southern town) from glittering parties in East Village nightclubs with celebrities to unusual and the bizarre. Guess that's what drinking people do when drugs are involved.

This book is about obsession, as in my previous review by the Canadian writer. She, too, daubled in poetry. I've never had an obsession per se, though I have had 'attachments.' My husband had a different kind of obsession. As far as I know, any obsession is a form of illness.

She learns, however, that the secret of happiness was not to be found in the illusion of 'the perfect man' but rather in finding strength within one's self. Its theme surrounding the artist's search for a way out of addictive love and toward self-love is characteristic of this writer, I've found.

Most writers use this means of creative expression to resolve conflicts at the particular time through which daily life takes him or her. Since this volume of smush (my word), she's written a mid-life "memoir" and other involved stories.

This tale has no end. Like Chinese boxes within boxes, like Russian dolls within dolls, we go on revealing our hearts in the hope they may never stop beating. If you want a mantra, repeat "thank you" 104 times (which she does) to feel more grateful, more and more alive. Who else would have thought of doing that? It's certainly original.
I read very little fiction. For excitement, who could create fiction that would compare to the lives of van Gogh, Charlie Parker, Sigmund Freud, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Scott of the Antarctic, and thousands of other larger than life characters who left their mark on this world.
Once in a while I do read a popular novel like "Valley of the Dolls", and find it to be quite enjoyable...but then again that book like many fictional novels are based on real people.
Erica Jong seems to regard herself as partly a serious artist, and partly a ditsy sex crazed druggie, caught up in the weird New York hip scene of parties, the latest five minute fads,
and a search for a meaningful existence. I think she's more a serious artist than she reveals. To turn out so many books requires lots of hours spent working dilligenly at her desk, and not partying as much as her characters.
She makes no bones about her delight in men, and their bodies. She initially started her writing career with poetry, and once took a writing class with Robert Lowell. Anne Sexton was a fellow student. She was a published poet before "Fear Of Flying".
I liked "Fear of Flying" and "How to Save Your Own Life", and I must say I'm enjoying "Any Women's Blues". This is not great writing, but there's something here that keeps my eye on the page, and I do want to see what happens next.
And it is a good record for the future, of how a certain class of people lived their lives in New York City at the end of the twentieth century. There isn't a trace of phoniness in it, although many of the people she writes about are.
The thing that is surprising, is that the great sex, and being desired by many men is seemingly so unfullfilling to Lelia/Erica. The men all have character flaws that drive her nuts. I think Erica is on her third or fourth husband, and I guess she's going to do it till she gets it right. Meanwhile, her search for the ideal mate in the hip NY/international jet set is worth my time, and yours....as long as your not expecting another "Anna Karenina", "Brothers Karamazov" "Pride and Predjudice".......or even another "Fear of Flying".
Any Woman's Blues download epub
Author: Erica Jong
ISBN: 0061099147
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Classics
Language: English
Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1990)
Pages: 238 pages