As I read this, I was taken back to a period of time that I never experienced myself. I'm too young to remember the 70s. But this book is so well written, that I understand the characters' frustration. This is a loose, overflowing book, bubbling over with fury, with sexual energy. There is certainly an extreme fear of female sexuality in the society depicted, to which some of the characters attempt to respond with repression. But their outbreaks are all the wilder, and sometimes more violent, for that. Mainly, this book is funny -- very dark comedy, though! Go ahead and laugh, when things are this bad, but also this good.