• RRP: £10.56
  • You Save: £0.48 (5%)
FREE Delivery in the UK.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Awakening has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by owlsmart_usa
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Giving great service since 2004: Buy from the Best! 4,000,000 items shipped to delighted customers. We have 1,000,000 unique items ready to ship! Find your Great Buy today!
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Awakening Perfect Paperback – 1 Feb 1982

33 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Perfect Paperback
"Please retry"
£10.08
£10.08 £4.94
£10.08 FREE Delivery in the UK. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Win a £5,000 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card for your child's school by voting for their favourite book. Learn more.
  • Prepare for the summer with our pick of the best selection for children (ages 0 - 12) across Amazon.co.uk.


Win a £5,000 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card and 30 Kindle E-readers for your child or pupil's school.
Vote for your child or pupil(s) favourite book(s) here to be in with a chance to win.

Product details

  • Perfect Paperback
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning (1 Feb. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0780735919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780735910
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,807,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Zeudy Tigre on 6 Sept. 2014
Format: Paperback
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, is a powerful work of literary fiction that was condemned in its time for suggesting that a women may want more from her life than a husband, children and a comfortable home. Published in the USA in 1899 it tells the tale of Edna, a wife and mother who awakens to desires that polite society refused to acknowledge in its female members. From a life spent acquiescing to the wishes and expectations of family and acquaintances, Edna starts to consider her own thoughts and feelings and, most shockingly, to act in a manner of her choosing.

There is so much in this book that reads as depressingly timeless. Her husband is materially kind and generous to his family, but cannot comprehend how this may not be enough for his wife. The men they mix with talk incessantly of themselves with little regard for the women so long as they are supportive and act as required and expected. The women gossip and flirt but rarely converse, even amongst themselves, with candour.

Upon observing with some chagrin the changes in his wife, Edna’s husband’s first reaction is to ponder her state of mind:

‘It sometimes entered Mr Pontellier’s mind to wonder if his wife were not growing a little unbalanced mentally.’

Concerned by the unexpected instability in his comfortable and ordered life, he consults with a doctor who asks:

‘has she been associating of late with a circle of pseudo-intellectual women?’

The insertion of pseudo rang so familiar. Over one hundred years later, too many men still struggle to regard women as mentally and intellectually their equals.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
Hailed as a feminist classic in the 1970s, this novel was banned at the time of its publication in 1890s America, where it one reviewer called it "gilded dirt". It breeched several conventions of the time being open about the possibility of adultery and the need for women to be more than the standard "angel at the hearth" figure, in thrall to the requirements of husband and children. In a time when women have a much greater measure of freedom and when equality, if not always in actuality, at least theoretically, is perfectly acceptable, it can be quite difficult to see what all the fuss was about.

Edna Pontellier is married to Leonce, a wealthy stockbroker and has two sons whom she adores. But she is bored, with her comfortable existence; she has artistic leanings and sells her drawings and paintings successfully. Robert Lebrun, one of the sons of the lady whose house they occupy in the summer, accompanies her when batheing, and is generally at hand as a companion when her husband is away in the city. An idyllic picture of ease and luxury is the setting, but then Robert goes away to work in Mexico. The summer ends and Edna and Leonce take up their city existences in a beautiful mansion in New Orleans once again. Another man, Alceè Arobin, a wealthy but dissolute young man, pursues Edna, and it is very delicately suggested, he is successful in his attentions. But Edna's secret thoughts are all about Robert and when he returns to New Orleans things come to a head. Ultimately, Edna makes a sacrifice of herself, since she cannot have the love of Robert.

This book is a very easy read, there being no polemic or feminist philosophy beyond that suggested by events. It cannot, of course, in the time of East Enders - not to mention the soft porn industry - have the impact it had at its first publication, but it is also quite easy to see how it offended the great and the good. Imagine! A woman wants more than husband and children! Outrageous!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheena Joughin on 28 Aug. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This astonishing novel of a woman adrift - in marriage, in love, in life - is as powerful now as it must have been a century ago. Barbara Kingsolver's introduction to this lovely edition places it firmly in an ongoing feminist tradition but can only hint at the depth of its prose, which takes us to the struggling heart of Edna Pontellier. Her story is brief but slow-burning. It asks haunting questions about how women live that may never be solved, but still need to be pondered. A quiet, inspiring and beautiful book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By edyo86 on 15 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
This short but powerful novel deserves to be so much better known here in the UK, and I'm delighted to see it out in such a beautiful new edition. The introduction by Kingsolver really sets it up for those who've not read it before, too. Wonderful all round.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Burritos&Books on 14 Aug. 2014
Format: Paperback
I was recommended this book a few years ago by a friend who comes from the U.S. - it seems relatively unknown over here for some reason, when it's a major American classic of women's literature and deserves to be much better known. It's about a woman in the Deep South who goes on holiday with her family in the late 19th century and ends up falling for one of the other holiday-makers. Even though their relationship doesn't develop into anything too serious, and he doesn't seem that fussed about being with her, it helps her come to realise that her life as a wife and mother is not all it's cracked up to be. When she returns to St. Louis after the holiday, she feels that she has changed somehow, and starts to question who she is and what she wants from life. It's as if she's sacrificed a part of herself to conform with society and to be what people expect her to be, and feels the need to shrug everything off. I imagine this book would have been a bit controversial when it first came out! It's mind-boggling that even today some of her thoughts still feel very relevant - it's the 21st century and we are still asking the same questions of ourselves, and women still feel a kind of social guilt if they do not aspire to be mothers or dedicated wives.

It's quite a quick read for all of its big ideas, and really captures the unique way that summer can bring about a time of change or growth in a character. I love this book, and find it surprising that more people haven't read it, or even heard of it. And I love this new cover! So nice to have something beautiful when all that's been available before really has been academic editions. I'm so happy to see that it's getting the love that it deserves. Looking forward to re-reading again very soon!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback