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The Awakening (original 1899; edition 2012)

by Kate Chopin

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Title:The Awakening
Authors:Kate Chopin
Info:SoHo Books (2012), Paperback, 120 pages
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin (1899)

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Review: The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This novel was originally written in 1899. Struggling to escape from tradition, Kate Chopin courageously risked social and literary ostracism. The Awakening is a novel that shows only to well how a literary tradition may be enabling, even essential, as well as confining.

The story tells about Edna Pontellier, a New Orleans woman annoyed at the confines of her comfortable but stagnant marriage. Her husband, she and their two children took their usual summer vacation to the Grand Isle. Being there during intoxicating sultry nights, sensual breezes, among the easy and relaxed manner of the local Creoles, seemed to beckon Edna to a different life. Her growing relationships with many remarkable women and two desirable men further call into question the assurances of her past life and set her on a difficult and daring path to live according to her own needs and nature rather than in accordance with the rigid standards of society.

Edna must face up not only to her own sensuality and disapproval of those who would deny it, but to her own doubts and denials as well. In Edna’s destiny there are no easy solutions, and no ultimate remedies, however she does find the only path that comforts her…..

The novel also offers a spirited introduction by a novelist, Carol Shields. In addition to the most authoritative text of the novel, this edition presents a sampling of early reviews, a selection of Kate Chopin’s short nonfiction, a chronology of her life, an extensive bibliography of her work, and generous selections of critical and biographical essays by modern scholars and admirers. I was glad and entertained that this section at the end of the novel was written. It was interesting and explained the difference this novel made to readers back in 1899 to the opinions of readers and critics today. I loved the story and enjoyed the comments and essays at the end.
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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 |
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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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