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The Awakening


Over one long, languid summer Edna Pontellier, fettered by marriage and motherhood, becomes acquainted with Robert Lebrun. As the days shorten and ... Show synopsis

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Rebecca S

Women must read this

by Rebecca S on Jan 29, 2012

If you're a wife, mother, or just a woman who loves the sea, you must read this. It's a crime that it didn't get enough recognition at the time, read it now to do Kate Chopin some justice. More

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by bohuslava h on Oct 12, 2010

The novel AWAKENING is a masterpiece by Kate Chopin. She mastered the art of literary writing and criticizing the society in a harmonic way. This unconventional novel was supposed to open the eyes of patriarchal society but was rejected and caused an end to Chopin's career. Edna's awakening is ... More


Feminist -- Really?

by TeriK on Jan 12, 2010

I have always heard Chopin praised as a writer, and The Awakening touted as one of the first truly feminist works. Her writing style is unique. It's spare and detached. I neither liked or disliked the characters, and I believe Chopin meant us to read her book that way. It was a strange experience ... More


How many years have I slept?

by KassandraPhoenix on Jul 22, 2008

On the cover page the following sentence caught my eye: "Written nearly one hundred years ago, THE AWAKENING is the compelling story of an extraordinary modern woman struggling against the constraints of marriage and motherhood, and slowly discovering the power of her own sexuality" (Avon Books). And ... More


Why read this? I don't know.

by Maggy on Oct 6, 2007

Kate Chopin is a great short story-writer, but in this, her novel, neither her writing nor her story shines particularly brightly. This book follows the amorous misadventures of Edna Pontellier, a misguided bourgeois woman who throws her plush (but unpassionate) life away for an independent career of ... More

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