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Fanny

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  948 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
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
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Lori
Apr 21, 2013 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
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.

Sincere
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Ashley Lauren
Jul 11, 2010 Ashley Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
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.
Surreysmum
[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
Kani
Jun 12, 2009 Kani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Annora Nin
Jul 10, 2012 Annora Nin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara
Nov 18, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Laurie Ab
Sep 26, 2007 Laurie Ab rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Michaela Mohr
May 08, 2014 Michaela Mohr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go girl! Own thyself! Reading this book is one of my favorite things to do when I feel like the world sucks!
Joy
Aug 14, 2010 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Craig Masten
May 13, 2015 Craig Masten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eirica Jong has been accused by some readers of writing essentially pornographic novels, but my definition of porn is that it's dedicated to stimulating bodily instincts entirely, while I find anything Jong writes appeals to the thoughty as well as the naughty bits. This book, a historical/literary reimagining of the bawdy early English novel Fanny Hill which has found itself hidden in bookshelves and under the mattresses of many a man and boy and maybe as many woman and girl since it was writte ...more
Tom Johnson
Jan 16, 2014 Tom Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...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
Lea
Jan 06, 2008 Lea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Yuval Levi
I remember it to be one of the weirdest, yet best books I ever read. To be honest, I probably read it at too young (I was 15) but I did enjoyed it. If you like historical books and romance I think you'll probably like this one as well.
Laura Durnell
Nov 19, 2009 Laura Durnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-by-friends
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.
Mimi
Apr 15, 2013 Mimi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Becca
Sep 30, 2008 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jennifer
LOVED IT!!! HIGHLY recommend!!!
Brooke
Jul 14, 2008 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my top 10. Forever!
Bruce
Oct 16, 2007 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the hottest, foulest porn that I've ever read. I loved this book.
Willa Grant
Nov 10, 2008 Willa Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sexy, funny, FUN!
Joan S Martin Stobie
Garbage

Couldn't get past first chapters...just awful. A waste of time. Weird style of writing too with words capitalized throughout the sentences where it makes no sense.
Cynthian Leather
Wonderful. Explicit. Relevant. This book goes places that many books don't go, from dirty brothels to witches circles, Satanick cults, pyrate ships, gaols, and more. The psychological depth is raw, real, and relatable. Recommended.
Lia
Dec 19, 2014 Lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diciottesimo secolo. Una donna sta scrivendo. È nella sua sfarzosa camera da letto. La sua identità è un mistero, così come la sua vita. La fama può diffonderne la grazia e magnificarne i lineamenti, eppure è penoso farne un ritratto che non ne esalti al contempo il carattere. Del resto, le voci al riguardo sono sempre state dubbie e le espressioni dei suoi peccati effimere. Aver sentito parlare, anche molto, di Fanny – quest’ultimo il nome per gli amici, Frances sui documenti più ufficiali e Fa ...more
Barbara
One of the few books I have read more than once voluntarily & one of my favorite guilty pleasure reads. Fanny is a wild ride of a rollicking adventure novel, almost a parody of 18th century novels featuring such memorable characters as Moll Flanders, Tom Jones, and Fanny Hill. Erica Jong injects a feminist sensibility into an irresistibly lusty tale replete with pirates, witches, brothels, and highwaymen. Fanny is abandoned on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England and raised ...more
Marisa Del Rosario
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
Ilaria Tomasini
Sep 23, 2014 Ilaria Tomasini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
e l'ho preso per curiosit, ma non mi aspettavo di trovarlo tanto divertente :)
Ci sono punti parecchio piccanti, ma l'autrice riesce a descrivere le scene pi forti senza scadere nel volgare o nel ridicolo e non affatto facile.
Per il resto la storia appassionante e piena di colpi di scena, anche se a volte improbabile, simile ai romanzi di avventura dei secoli scorsi. Solo che stavolta la protagonista una donna intelligente e colta che cerca di farsi valere in un'epoca dominata dal genere masch
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Eddie Louise
Dec 20, 2012 Eddie Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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.
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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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