The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Awakening

byKate Chopin

Kobo ebook | June 3, 2003

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The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

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.”

This edition of The Awakening also includes a selection of short stories by Kate Chopin.

Title:The AwakeningFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 3, 2003Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0553897632

ISBN - 13:9780553897630

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Should be required reading This novel was published in 1899 and was the only novel written and/or published by Kate Chopin because it was so scandalous for that time period...that was intriguing enough to make me want to purchase it. It is the journey to finding oneself during a time of oppressive and strict social norms for women. The results for Edna were both liberating and devastating!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read The idea of the story seems quite dry and uninteresting, but once you start reading it is hard to put down! The book is great, it highlights the feminist movement. The plot is easily applicable to the modern day, as many of the same double standards are present.
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone needs to read this story The Awakening is a short novella written in the late 19th century, and was extremely controversial for it’s time. It’s about a married woman and mother who finds herself falling in love with another man, and starts to crave independence – she wants to be her own person. This book essentially ended the author’s career, but it’s a fantastic book with themes that are still really relevant today (like the questioning of gender roles). Kate Chopin is now seen as far ahead her time. Chopin’s writing is beautifully simple and clear – her prose has aged very well. When tracking down a copy, be sure to grab one that includes her other short stories – they are fantastic and will definitely make you think.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Awakening There are some interesting passages and it might be worth reading as it is a classic of the feminist movement, but overall it's an extremely boring read.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Feminist Classic! This book absolutely amazed me! It is so revolutionary for its time, but is still applicable to modern life! I strongly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing I did not love this book, I wish I had. But I thought the style was incredibly dry and for as ~inspiring and progressive as I heard it was, I was not impressed by what it turned out to be.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent and inspiring women's novel This book was a fantastic read. It deals with issues that women still are faced with today. Great and entertaining. My favourite book in a long time!
Date published: 2005-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An eye opener This book was truly revitalizing! For anyone who enjoys finding themselves, this is definately the book for you! A female finds herself, in herself without the outside world dictating to her what her role as a lady should be. Going against the patriarchy that has engulfed females in the 18th century, Edna is a most inspirational woman. Truly inspiring for anyone who is tired of conforming to a crazy world. With a little bit of love and adventure, this is definately a book that is hard to put down (and the best thing is that it's only a hundred pages, plus!!). Chopin's irony and humour is not to be ignored and makes for a great read!!
Date published: 2001-02-01