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The Awakening (1899)

by Kate Chopin

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You can't get out of Hofstra without reading this book.

And I'm glad for that. It's one of those books that has stuck with me ever since. ( )
  LauraCerone | May 26, 2016 |
I finally read this book, Amy Lee! I'm glad I did. It treats the same subject as Madame Bovary and Anna Karina, but those books were written by men. Interesting how this book, written by an American woman, ended Chopin's career. I'm glad it was rediscovered in the sixties, sealing Chopin's literary reputation among very few other esteemed American women writers.

What did a woman of former days do when she realized she was trapped in marriage and motherhood? This book explores the subject with high style and is worth your time. It is a short book, barely a novella, so take time from your guilty pleasures and let this great writer deftly led you though this important life topic. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
A classic, of course. Spare and intense. A model for a writer. By the way, this paperback edition has held up remarkably well. No acidification -- after more than 30 years. The only reason I'm getting rid of it is that it's out of copyright and available online. ( )
  deckla | Apr 5, 2016 |
I wanted to love this book and tried to do so. I found it boring and I did not look forward to my reading time. I researched more about the plot and discovered the ending, which I do not see as "feminist" or empowering in the least. I just couldn't keep trudging through for such a story line. ( )
  MahanaU | Feb 26, 2016 |
A short 1899 novel (or maybe it's technically a novella?) about a married woman who finds herself falling for another man and reaching longingly for freedom, self-actualization, and passion outside her duties as a wife and mother.

The dissatisfied housewife is practically a cliche now, but at the time, apparently, this novel caused a huge outcry and scandal. And given the things that society wanted to believe about women and motherhood and marriage at the time -- not all of which we've let go of today, now that I think about it -- I can see why. Because it feels so... true. There's no overwrought melodrama here, just the inner experiences of a woman who wants something more and different from the life she has, a life that she fell into almost by default, because it's what was expected of her. And those inner experiences are insightfully observed, well-conveyed, and utterly truthful. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Chopin, Kateprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Sandra M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lammers, GeertjeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Robinson, MarilynneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Showalter, ElaineIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walker, Nancy A.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Williams, Deborah L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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The Awakening and Other Stories (Oxford World's Classics) {33 stories} by Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction {14 stories} by Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin

Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories: At Fault / Bayou Folk / A Night in Acadie / The Awakening / Uncollected Stories (Library of America) by Kate Chopin

The Awakening and Selected Short Stories {9 stories} by Kate Chopin

Three Classics By American Women: The Awakening; Ethan Frome; O Pioneers ( Bantam Classics) by Kate Chopin

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A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside, kept repeating over and over:
"Allez vous-en! Allez vous-en! Sapristi! That's all right!"
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The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation. The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.
She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.
The years that are gone seem like dreams – if one might go on sleeping and dreaming – but to wake up and find – oh! Well! Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.
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First published in 1899, this beautiful, brief novel so disturbed critics and the public that it was banished for decades afterward. Now widely read and admired, The Awakening has been hailed as an early vision of woman's emancipation. This sensuous book tells of a woman's abandonment of her family, her seduction, and her awakening to desires and passions that threaten to consume her. Originally entitled A Solitary Soul, this portrait of twenty-eight-year-old Edna Pontellier is a landmark in American fiction, rooted firmly in the Romantic tradition of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson. Here a woman engaged in self-discovery turns away from convention and society and toward the primal, irresistibly attracted to nature and the senses. The Awakening, Kate Chopin's last novel, has been praised by Edmund Wilson as "beautifully written." And Willa Cather described its style as "exquisite," "sensitive," and "iridescent."
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"She grew daring and reckless. Overestimating her strength. She wanted to swim far out. Where no woman had swum before."

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Edna Pontellier, a Victorian-era wife and mother, is awakened to the full force of her desire for love and freedom when she becomes enamored with Robert LeBrun, a young man she meets while on vacation.

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