I can’t help it. I’m a sucker for tragic love and a gloomy ending. For social and moral constraints pushing down until one suffocates. I’ve lived it. I caught my breath and clutched this book and had a completely personal reaction to the beauty and the agony. Some of the one star reviews puzzle me, not because people disliked the book, which would be perfectly reasonable, but because some people suggest Edna could’ve just gotten a divorce and solved her problem that way. That she was a s [...]
I loved this story for the beautiful writing and the intricate way of exploring the life of a tragic woman. I saw this as a tragic story, not as the example that feminists having been using it as for decades.The feminist themes are there, no doubt, but I don't think that Chopin intended it to be used as an example of what a woman in a similar situation should do.The Awakening is a story of a woman who feels bound and oppressed by her marriage and by motherhood. This stuff was never for her and s [...]
With several hours to kill before an appointment, I decided to pop inside a bookstore to pick up something "short but old." In pursuit of this end, I solicited the aid of the shop lady—one of those former English majors who've evidently forgotten everything they might have once learned in university. Following several false starts ("Sorry, ma'am, but I've already read both Animal Farm and The Metamorphosis"), she pulled a slender book from the shelf, saying as she did so: "I can't remember if [...]
I enjoyed reading this, but I wasn't enthusiastic about reading it. I think this will benefit from rereading. The characters and endings aren't the most developed, but the atmosphere of Louisiana is lush and realistic. I can see why this is an acclaimed work, but I wasn't blown away by it.
I like some of Chopin's short stories so it was kind of disappointing to get to the Awakening and find that there really isn't that much to it. Beyond anything, I'm confused by it, because when I think of feminist texts, this just doesn't seem to do the trick. This is completely up to interpretation and debate, of course, but Edna Pontellier just doesn't scream "feminist hero" to me. Feminism (at least in my mind) should be embracing one's identity as a woman and seeking equality with men. Here, [...]
Review of The Awakening here.The short stories are also great, especially At the 'Cadian Ball, A Gentleman of Bayou Têche and Elizabeth Stock’s One Story, showing a diverse and vital talent for storytelling.The introduction, however, is dismal. First of all, it promptly spoils the novel and almost all of the stories, without any warning whatsoever. Secondly, it's rambling and lacks focus or any discernible point, wandering from trying to excuse or erase Chopin's racist beliefs to pointlessly [...]
I really liked this. I think this novella made me a bit uncomfortable, though. I saw a lot of myself in Edna, and that's probably why I kept needing to put this book down and find something else to do for a little while. "A southern woman in a bad marriage who finds herself in a new place one day where her eyes are opened to realize that things shouldn't be the way they are" hit me like an intensely personal ton of bricks, because I've been there. Of course, it was easier for me to end a marriag [...]
The altar, 'tis of death! for there are laidThe sacrifice of all youth's sweetest hopes.It is a dreadful thing for woman's lipTo swear the heart away; yet know that heartAnnuls the vow while speaking and shrinks backFrom the dark future that it dares not face.The service read above the open graveIs far less terrible than that which sealsThe vow that binds the victim, not the will:For in the grave is rest.The Marriage Vow, Letitia Elizabeth Landon(view spoiler)[Found Drowned, George Frederic Watt [...]
This wasn't a book that caught my interest right away- I picked it up only to read a few pages and then put it down again several times. However, as the protagonist came more to life so too did the book. I found Edna both more interesting and more sympathetic as the book progressed. Chopin's style was interesting, too- sometimes lushly descriptive, sometimes spare- and generally quite Modernist in tone.I can see why some people loathe this book: there isn't much in the way of external action, an [...]
This is a book of stories by Kate Chopin beginning with Awakening, a novella. Inside the book there are 9 stories as:1. The Awakening2. Beyond the Bayou3. Ma'ame Pélagie4. Desiree's Baby5. A Respectable Woman6. The Kiss7. A Pair of Silk Stockings8. The Locket9. A ReflectionThe awakening approaches the realization of the female sexuality. The story takes place during the late 1800s in Grand Isle, a summer resort for the wealthy in New Orleans. Edna Pontellier, who is a painter, is vacationing wi [...]
Ok, so I read The Awakening for class, and I did not read the other short stories in the book, as they were not assigned. However, since the book is that main story, I consider it read. (And after reading the main story, how can I not read her other ones?)It's actually a funny story: for my American Literature II class (ENG 226), at GVSU, we were assigned to read Kate Chopin's story from our Norton Anthology. But as I was perusing the free books at the school, I found this copy. I still ended up [...]
An explanation regarding the rating: I enjoyed the end of The Awakening, the other 75% of it I found to be indulgent and repetitive, and I liked Desiree's Baby quite a lot as well. As for the remaining short stories, I had issues with remaining present and found the subject matter not all that gripping. With all of that being said however, I am completely aware of the feminist themes contained within The Awakening such as oppression, domestication of women, and patriarchal households (just to na [...]
Most important in any book is the writing style and diction. Kate Chopin gets an A+. I am not a big reader of feminist literature, but Chopin managed to put into words the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that surged through Edna effectively. When reading these sort of psychological books, I notice what a tough time authors sometimes have doing this. I am reminded of Wally Lamb's "meh" attempt at doing this in his novel, We are Water, and marvel at the effortlessness with which it seems Chopin [...]
Okay, technically, I haven't finished reading the book because I still need to read the short stories that follow The Awakening. However, I must write what I think about Chopin's prized story before it escapes me. I absolutely disliked Edna Pontellier. I came into this novel with many expectations, primarily that this would be an amazing feminist novel. Nope! It was not, which I am okay with. I am not okay with how unhappy Edna is with her life. Yeah, her husband isn't super romantic, but her li [...]
As The Awakening opens during the languid days of summer we find Edna Pontellier, Kate Chopin's main character, drifting aimlessly as if through a wide expanse of ocean or a great field of grain. Edna is on vacation at Grand Isle with her husband and two young sons. She often feels the weight of her responsibilities and the casual cruelty of her husband and becomes disconsolate, but she has attracted the attention of Robert Lebron who becomes her constant companion. Edna has a tendency towards i [...]
Dismally short, The Awakening entwines it's quiet mist of anxiety around our hearts when we first meet Mrs. Edna Pontieller. A beautiful, twenty-eight year old, she is adored by many, but a romantic cast-off of her husband (good thing there were so many cuties around). When she begins with some art, just a little dabble and taste, Edna's senses are becoming steadily and creepily wild. Nature and her seductive caresses are pulling at her heart and body, and this time, she does not refuse.Remindin [...]
This was my second time to read Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the last time being in the late 1990's when I was in my twenties. I think I appreciated it even more now after decades of adulthood and years of marriage.I also understood it differently. It seemed less like the standard narrative of a woman rebelling against her social situation and marriage (though there is obviously that), in other words, less like Madame Bovary and A Doll's House, and more like a Virginia Woolf novel in which a uni [...]
The Awakening, set in New Orleans in the late 1800s, follows Edna Pontellier during her realisation that she is "not being true to herself" and is stuck in a marriage that she doesn't want to be and the actions she takes after this realisation.Chopin's saving grace was the short stories that followed the ending of The Awakening. In particular Desiree's Baby. Chopin seems masterful at the short stories and I quite enjoyed reading them. They are the only reason that I am giving 3 stars and not 1.T [...]
It was amazing to watch the unraveling of Edna Pontellier's well-to-do, refined existence in Louisiana. Despite her privileged upbringing, youth, beauty, wealth, status and creativity, this 28-year old wife and mother is stifled by the social norms of the day (this was published in 1899) and begins uncharacteristically to act out. After taking out her initial frustrations on her busy husband, she refuses to attend her sister's wedding, and then things go bananas. I took off a star for the short [...]
I think this is a book now read in college courses, as it well should be. That women were once considered not to own their own lives, especially not their own minds, might be a revelation for those younger than about 30. This small book is beautifully written and not encumbered with the wordiness of the Victorians. I have not studied this time period - perhaps by 1899 literature was coming out from under those paragraph long sentences. This is just a delight, in spite of the ending which I could [...]
A poetic, intricate read that I enjoyed immensely! I can understand why this book was so widely banned in it's time presents some shocking ideas (i.e. infidelity, neglect, suicide) and questions the role of women. Edna is an intriguing character, as mystical to the reader as she is to the other characters. The story line is fascinating; the ending beautiful. I would recommend it to anyone.
So I just finished The Awakening and a collection of short stories by Kate Chopin and really, I'm not impressed. I can see how she would be important as a female who dared to write about the unacceptable but her work really doesn't stand the test of time. Now O'Henry there's a collection of short stories that as amusing today as it must have been when it was first published.
This book has an underlying theme to each of its stories. Some would call it empowering for women. I would call it selfish. The women in these stories expect their lives to be perfect without any effort from themselves. I didn't like any of the stories and I will never read anything from this author again.
** [2016-04-17 Sun] The Awakening - Kate Chopin :novel::fiction::1900s::america::south:*** ThoughtsChopin manages to capture the frustration that comes from things beinggood but not the way you want them to be. Mrs. Pontilier's awakeningmay have opened her to joy, but it opened her to pain as well. Is asharp and vivid but sometimes painful experience better than a soft,dull one? Who knows. Other interesting parts include the doctor'swillingness to help but inability to effectively intervene as w [...]
I can’t remember how I discovered Kate Chopin’s ‘The Awakening’. I have had the book for years. I must have got it during one of my weekend bookshop visits. I used to buy a lot of Bantam classics those days and I think I got it then. I normally remember the bookshop from which I had bought a book, but I can’t remember the bookshop from which I had got Kate Chopin’s book. By some deductive reasoning, I have narrowed down the suspects to two. And that is where it will stay, I think.I d [...]