The Awakening

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Awakening
A married woman's belated awakening to her individuality and sexuality in an extramarital relationship is accompanied by writings on late-nineteenth-century women, contemporary reviews, and modern critical commentaries.

Publisher: New York : Avon Books, [1994]
ISBN: 0380002450
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC C
Characteristics: 190 p. ; 18 cm.


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New York State Recommended Curricular Title Gr. 9

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Mar 25, 2014
  • naguiar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I quite enjoyed this read. I found the character of Edna appealing, and I also found it interesting how Chopin refers to her more often as "Mrs. Pontellier" at the beginning and switching to just "Edna" as the story progressed. As a feminist, and since it was written in 1899, I found it immensely enjoyable. Its only shortcoming would be the ending. I did not find the character or Robert quite so attractive, and I don't think the end did justice to the ideas of the book. I would recommend to a feminist-and also to a misogynist to have some sense knocked into them.

Apr 28, 2013
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Can't believe I've never read this! Must have skipped that semester of English. Unfortunately, I can't say I missed much. The self-indulgent heroine and her feckless would-be lover grated on my nerves after the first 5 pages.(l

Feb 28, 2012
  • dulynoted rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I can understand why this book is important--it depicts the many restrictions on femininity in the late 19th Century. It is beautifully written. However, I became a bit impatient with the heroine for her inability to cope with her new and sudden sense of freedom--her freedom makes her childlike in her decisions. Maybe my impatience with the heroine reflect the book's interesting themes and ideas.

Jan 08, 2012

This is a wonderfully poignant perspective on the plight of women at the turn of the 20th century (and one would argue, even today). Chopin so perfectly captures a certain mindset that it's startling at times, and it makes the main character easily relatable if you've ever felt even slightly dissatisfied. WeAreSpartacus/jdenn


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Jul 30, 2012
  • dera444 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This story of a woman's struggle with oppressive social structures received much public contempt at its first release; put aside because of initial controversy, the novel gained popularity in the 1960s, some six decades after its first publication, and has since remained a favorite of many readers. Chopin's depiction of a married woman, bound to her family and with no way to assert a fulfilling life of her own, has become a foundation for feminism and a classic account of gender crises in the late Victorian era.


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Aug 03, 2012
  • dera444 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant, was hers, to torture her as it was doing then with the biting which her impassioned, newly awakened being demanded.


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