Sappho's Leap by Erica Jong

Sappho's Leap

Erica Jong

In this novel, you will be taken on a fantastic journey with Sappho: rebellious teenager, wife, mother, famed poet and singer of erotic love. Go island-hopping circa 600 BC from Lesbos to Syracuse, to Delphi and Naucratis. If like me, the unpredictability of a British summer has you longing for a Mediterranean isle, this book will give you more sun, sex and sangria than any tour operator.



Extract

So many stories about me. My legend confused with the legends of Aphrodite. Did I leap to my death for the love of a handsome young ferryman? Did I love women or men? Does love even have a sex? I doubt it. If you are lucky enough to love, who cares what decorative flesh your lover sports? ... And no one wears anything for long but a coat of dust. Only the songs of passion linger.

Parallels
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy

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