The Awakening and Selected Stories
The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide. In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of... show more
The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide. In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class convention are the themes of this now-classic novel. The book was influenced by French writers ranging from Flaubert to Maupassant, and can be seen as a precursor of the impressionistic, mood-driven novels of Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Variously called "vulgar, " "unhealthily introspective, " and "morbid, " the book was neglected for several decades, not least because it was written by a "regional" woman writer. This edition also includes selected stories from Kate Chopin's Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie, and an introduction and notes by Nina Baym.
Publish date: April 1st 1986
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Edition language: English
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How have I NOT read this book?! I could read anything by Kate Chopin all the live long day. I just adore her writing. When I read her stories, something magical takes place and I'm instantly transported into the book. I can clearly smell and visualize everything she describes. I want to live in Chop...
Introduction: The Second Coming of Aphrodite, by Sandra M. GilbertSuggestions for Further ReadingA Note on the Text--The Awakening--Emancipation: A Life Fable--At the 'Cadian Ball--Désirée's Baby--La Belle Zoraïde--At Chênière Caminada--The Story of an Hour--Lilacs--Athénaïse--A Pair of Silk Stockin...
It just didn't WORK for me. Don't get me wrong, they're beautiful stories, they just didn't work.
Interesting series of victorian short stories based on in New Orleans.
More of a **1/2, really.I felt kind of the same way reading The Awakening as I did reading The Age of Innocence, wherein even though I certainly didn't envy the characters' lives, it was still hard to care about their problems when they remained so privileged in other ways. Not that they're not allo...