- Hardcover: 406 pages
- Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (29 Sept. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679424695
- ISBN-13: 978-0679424697
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,203,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Awakening (Modern Library) Hardcover – 29 Sep 1994
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"A Creole Bovary is this little novel of Miss Chopin's."--Willa Cather --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Katherine O'Flaherty (1850 – 1904), known by her married name Kate Chopin, was an American author of short stories and novels. In 1899, her second novel, The Awakening, was published to much outrage and harsh criticism based upon moral, rather than literary, standards.
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Top Customer Reviews
In many ways, both in theme and treatment, it resembles "Madame Bovary". Although Chopin lacks Flaubert's scope and breadth of vision, she reaches deeper into the soul of her heroine. Her style is restrained and elegant and some modern readers, accustomed to a pacier and more explicit treatment, may grow impatient at times. But there is beautiful writing here, embodying rich characterizations, strong evocations of time and place and thought-provoking moral ambiguity. An undoubted masterpiece.
If the author wants us to admire Edna Pontellier because of her search for something meaningful in her life she has failed with me, and Edna's actions at the end of the book makes this seem a bizarre attitude to take, even if we neglect the haphazard nature of this search. If, on the other hand, we are actually meant to see Edna as a weak and self-indulgent woman, and to learn from her to be more suspicious of our own desires and our ability to silence our conscience, then Kate Chopin has created a masterpiece, albeit an unlikeable one. Probably the writer was deliberately ambiguous and torn herself between these two reactions.
Although my reaction to the book was dominated by impatience with Edna, and shock at her indifference towards her own children, the book has some very good points. The description of Creole society is fascinating and many of the beach scenes, and especially a trip to an island roughly midway through the book, have a dreamlike and impressionistic quality that is memorable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Often a book is read because it is required reading. In this case i loved all the stories and the book arrived promptly and well packed as usual.Published on 25 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
this book was chosen by my reading group, and provoked oue of the most lively discussions we have ever had.Published on 29 Jan. 2010 by Lionel Leahy
I studied The Awakening' at uni and loved it! Chopin's work is beautiful and she deserves more credit in the literary world!Published on 9 July 2007 by Melons