Erica Jong
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DISCOVERED ON THE DOORSTEP of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents. Lord and Lady Bellars. Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather. Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worl...more
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Published August 1st 1984 by Signet (first published 1980)
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Carol Storm
It's a sexy romp -- and a feminist manifesto -- but it's not great literature. Or a great love story!

I have mixed feelings about FANNY. On the one hand, I adore wild sex and adventurous pairings. And this book has plenty of both! On the other hand, I resent Erica Jong's constant flaunting of her educational pedigree, her Manhattan posturing, the subtle snobbery that consistently undermines her feminist preaching. And I can't help but feel that there are (literally) hundreds of hard-working roma...more
Ashley Lauren
This book was pretty astounding. Very rarely have I reacted to a book with as much gusto - and I'm not talking about tears and laughter here, I'm talking about flat out shock. In terms of fiction, I've never had a book startle me as much as this one did and I loved it all the more for it. Erica Jong wrote this in such a manner that I truly believed she was Fanny Hackabout-Jones. She said in the beginning that she would keep no modesty, and she kept true to her word. The events in this book had w...more
Warning: if you loved this book when it first came out, don't revisit!

I gave this book 5 stars because that's how I felt about it - in 1980. LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!

Having just reread it - wincing the whole time - Erica Jong's feminist rant/18th century sex romp is a bit sad and silly in 2012. Fun but overwrought. Thirty years later, Fanny didn't age well - or maybe I did.

If you like sexy (OK, porn-ish) historical romance and are between the ages of 16 and 25, go for it. If not, think twice.

mark monday
erica jong takes the traditional long-winded historical adventure novel and liberally sprinkles it with sex and feminism. an interesting and amusing read. but i prefer the traditional long-winded historical adventure novel, there's not as much preciousness involved.
[These notes were made in 1982:]. An interesting attempt to imitate the eighteenth-century style while imposing the anachronism of 20th-century sensibilities on an eighteenth-century setting. Fanny Hackabout-Jones is supposed to be the true original of Fanny Hill, and while she has, if anything, even wilder erotic adventures than her namesake, she is also possessed of a good strong feminist bent with which she becomes very much too didactic at times - in fact, even the generally didactic tone of...more
Annora Nin
Picked this up at a thrift store, as I do so many of my books, and fell in love with it. I guess first reading Eric Jong at the age of 50 makes me a late bloomer, had no idea what a remarkable writer she was. I fell in love this story of pirates and witches and reluctant whores, Fanny's fierceness in her own womanhood and love on both land and high seas.
Laurie Ab
Sep 26, 2007 Laurie Ab rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in british literature, a strong character voice, and intimate sexual scenes
I learned from this book that knowing about other time periods, or knowing about anything really, helps make a better reading experience. The knowledge and writing experience Erica Jong provides in this novel is unlike anything I have ever read before, because, not only is it open like a wound, one really feels a connection to the character because she is so human.
Well - it's a bawdy, sometimes nearly-pornographic, sometimes disgusting tale. But I love its charm and its sex-positive feminist attitude. I am almost done with it, and the suspense is forcing me to devour it at this point...
Barbara Rice
I give her points for studying Olde English and trying, but this seems to be an excuse to use medieval words for genitalia.
Some of the hottest, foulest porn that I've ever read. I loved this book.
Aug 14, 2010 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joy by: Skirmish
I didn't know what I was getting myself into before reading this. It was given to me by a friend who's very sure this is my type of reading. This is the first novel I read from Erica Jong and my friend was right, I loved it!

I skipped the "book within a book" table of contents as there were some spoilers there. I'm always looking for something new; whenever I get too engrossed reading the same genre for say, 5 books, I need a breath of fresh air and this story provided it.

What an adventure it was...more
Tom Johnson
...found myself unable to generate A Will To Read so I reached into the past (thanks be to Copperfish Books, FLA) and bought a like new hard cover first edition of Jong's Fanny (read it way back in the 80s) and found it to be the tonic I needed. A romp...hack writing? not so when Erica is the writer. The only time the story vexed was when a hapless Fanny found herself locked in Madame Coxtart's upstairs chamber unable to halloo Littlehat. Full of vexation became I, "Nay Fanny find a make do cudg...more
It took me a month to read Erica Jong's re-telling of Fanny Hill. I liked it was told from the feminist perspective instead a man's perspective on a woman's sexuality. It wasn't all about the sex in Ms. Jong's version. It was more about the development of Fanny as person-woman to be exact. It was very wit used the language of the time the original Fanny Hill had been written. I like that she included-John Cleland the author of the first Fannny Hill as a minor character in the novel as well as me...more
At first it just seemed a bit overdrawn (to say the least) but upon sinking into the book a bit more I realized it was as if I was reading in the 18th century. One of the earliest forms of novel: the travel memoir and at a time when writing as a woman was highly unusual (and unseemly). Thus Erica once again supports women's rights and equality to men even while her heroine lives by some extremely chauvinistic standards. An excellent framework for her soapbox to fit into prettily. Her obvious kno...more
Claudia Sesto
Sesso e avventure!
La storia di Fanny tra sesso ed avventura un libro lungo che non mi ha soddisfatto per niente, mentre lo leggevo mi sembrava di avere in mano un "Harmony" dove la protagonista per tutto il libro combatte contro la sventura e nelle ultime dieci pagine tutto si risolve con il classico "happy end" o come si dice alla toscana "tutto finito a tarallucci e vino"!
Michaela Mohr
Go girl! Own thyself! Reading this book is one of my favorite things to do when I feel like the world sucks!
Beautifully gifted artist writer with a wry yet good humored, worldview and a penchant for adventure!
Eddie Louise
This book is a triumph of language and a joy to read. a feminist send up of 'racy' English novels of the Regency and Victorian periods. A delight!

Note: I read this first as a 15yr old and had remembered it being VERY racy. Although there is a good deal of sex in the book, it is handled in a very quaint manner and therefore did not have the same effect on my 50 yr old self as it did on my 15yr old imagination.
Nov 18, 2008 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A book truly for a grown woman with grownup taste.
Though I could not believe any woman of the time would have that boldness and freedom, I absolutely loved this more than bawdy adventure and romance. It has been years since I read this book, and the fond memories have inspired the desire to reread this novel. It has everything: romance, adventure, erotica, violence, humor and pathos.
My mom gave this book to me for christmas. It was written during the midst of the sexual revolution and shows it. In the guise of a historical romance (the writing style does get a little tiresome) it is a feminist anthem and story of how one women- through totally unrealistic means- finds herself. It is a book everyone should read.
Jun 10, 2008 Julia added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kristin, Nicole, Hilleri
I finished this book in a couple of days. A book based in the 1700's about a young girl who goes on many adventures. She is an orphan, a pirate, a woman-of-ill-repute, and a mother. I would recommend this, but remember, I'm still embarrassed about reading it. It is sort of an historical romance with a lot of sex. It's Erica Jong!
I've already read this but it was easily 10 years ago. I remember loving it a lot so I'm revisiting it. I've been let down and bored by the political correctness and unoffensiveness of many modern books and, if memory serves, this book doesn't suffer from those problems. So far, I'm enjoying it all over again. =)
Such a great parody of the 18th century picaresque novel -- from a woman's point-of-view! In the manner of Moll Flanders, Tom Jones, Tristam Shandy, and the novels of Fanny Burney. Erica Jong has written a witty, bawdy classic that should be a part of universtiy literature and women's history courses.
Of rogues and whores, weirdos and witches, pirates and highway men, spiced with eroticism and wit that leave your senses tingling and your mind pondering life and beyond. A must read for all women, mothers, feminists and witches out there and for all not-faint-hearted men.
Laura Durnell
What I consider Erica's best novel. Not only does she present an intelligent and dramatic tale, but she conveys it in language appropriate to the 18th century. How she skews male writers that are in the canon is brilliant and hilarious.
I still love this book. I read it repeatedly years ago, and wanted something light that wouldn't require total attention while on vacation in Vegas, while still keeping with my effort to read British history. This fit the bill perfectly.
Cami Brunjes
This book was an enjoyable read once I got into the language. I am a fan of history and historical fiction, so it was right up my street. Read it while on a beach vacation (which is my favorite place to read:).
This book drove me crazy at first because all nouns are capitolized as well as all the sayings of the time. Lots of fun to read and really crazy as well. Don't read unless you don't mind a few x-rated scenes.
Christel Petersen
I put this on my 'For kids and young' shelf, it's certainly not for kids, but I read it when I was about 13 and was blown away...I'm kind of curious if it really was that good ;o)
Perkey Felwitch
The premise of the book is why I took the chance. I couldn't get past the language however. If you can read English from the Victorian age, I think it would be a good read :)
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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. She has published 21 books, including eight novels, six volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as the New York Times, the Sunday Times of London, Elle, Vogue, and the New Yor...more
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