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A Pair of Silk Stockings (Dover Thrift Editions) (edition 1996)

by Kate Chopin

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Title:A Pair of Silk Stockings (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Kate Chopin
Info:Dover Publications (1996), Paperback, 64 pages
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A pair of silk stockings and other stories by Kate Chopin

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Didn't hate it but didn't love it either. I have a feeling it would really appeal to lovers of pure literature. ( )
  SashaM | Apr 20, 2016 |
This s slim volume of selected stories by Kate Chopin, an author from Louisiana who wrote during the turn of the century, generally stories set in before civil war.

All of these stories a good. A few them are outstanding. The first story in the book "Desiree's Baby", is quite heartbreaking and shows just how deep slavery and a fear of miscegenation goes.

The last story in the book, A Pair of Silk Stockings - is deceptively simple. It starts with a poor lady who has extra money - as she decides what to do with it (get things the family needs), we find out a bit of this lady's past.

A few of the stories featured a culture that I wasn't familiar with. The story was very understandable, but I missed the cues that a more knowledgeable reader would use to deepen the setting. My copy is a Dover Thrift Edition - while unabridged, generally doesn't have a long forward, and citation that would have explained some of the cultural cues.

Over all, a good book to read in an interesting time period. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jan 30, 2016 |
I'm a big fan of Kate Chopin, but in a few of these stories I couldn't get past the thick Creole and Cajun accents. ( )
  katemo | May 16, 2013 |
This is a kind of prototype to What Not To Wear: self-esteem increases when the poor, badly-dressed person is transformed into yet another secretary-clone. Or in this case 'fitting in with the quality'. Excellent story, if you are a woman you will identify with this. Do men? ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
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As the day was pleasant, Madama Valmonde drove over to L'Abri to see Desiree and the baby.
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Written with grace, delicate humor and a keen understanding of the female psyche are 9 portraits of black and white inhabitants of Louisiana's bayou and urban areas. Includes "A Night in Acadie," "A Respectable Woman," "The Dream of an Hour," and the title story. A masterful collection of Chopin's short stories.

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Kate Chopin is a widely considered a forerunner to the feminist authors of the twentieth century. Focusing on themes of race and gender, her short stories largely center on life in rural Louisiana. In "A Pair of Silk Stockings," a young woman unexpected finds herself with fifteen dollars. Inspired by her newfound wealth, she ignores her natural impulses and indulges in a day of luxurious abandon. A wistful rumination on loss and the illusion of control, "A Pair of Silk Stockings" is Chopin at her absolute best. Proceeds from sale of this title go to Reach Out and Read, an innovative literacy advocacy organization.… (more)

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