The Chopin Kate : Awakening and Selected Stories (Sc) (Signet classics) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1995
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Chopin's slight, brittle and fierce novel became a classic and a cult, shocking readers with its candid and unsentimental portrait of marital infidelity. Though the subject has lost its power to outrage, the novel has not, it remains delicately bitter and acidly angry --The Observer
Chopin cuts closer to the core of her heroine's feelings... The great power of The Awakening resides not in the answers it provides, but in the questions it exposes --Washington Post
It doesn't seem so daring now, but it's an inspiring model of personal crusading. Written in lyrical, restrained prose, this is not only a historical document of writer ahead of her time, but an enduringly good read. --The Scotsman
About the Author
Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was born in St. Louis. She moved to Louisiana where she wrote two novels and numerous stories. Because The Awakening was widely condemned, publication of Chopin's third story collection was cancelled. The Awakening was rediscovered by scholars in the 1960s and 1970s and is her best-known work.
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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.
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Beautiful scenes of summer dreams,awakened love that can not exist,moments of discovery with reality of life......didn't expect the ending ....Sad and beautiful.Published 24 months ago by Grainne
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