The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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17 Critic Reviews

If your book club decides to try reading short novels, I recommend starting with The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This classic was published in 1899, but many people may not have had the opportunity to read it. Even though it’s over one hundred years old, the themes it raises are very relevant to us today and should spark a lot of discussion.
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Synopsis

The Pontellier family are spending a hot, lazy holiday on the Gulf of Mexico. No-one expects that Edna Pontellier should be preoccupied with anything more than her husband and children. When an illicit summer romance awakens new ideas and longings in Edna, she can barely understand herself, and cannot hope for aid or acceptance in the stifling attitudes of Louisiana society.

Kate Chopin's compelling, candid portrait of a woman attempting to break free caused an outcry when first published in 1899.
 

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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.
 
Published December 28, 2015 by Red Wood Classics. 182 pages
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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Shannon Turlington on Jun 21 2011

If your book club decides to try reading short novels, I recommend starting with The Awakening by Kate Chopin. This classic was published in 1899, but many people may not have had the opportunity to read it. Even though it’s over one hundred years old, the themes it raises are very relevant to us today and should spark a lot of discussion.

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Reviewed by Sam Grabus on Oct 30 2010

The Awakening isn't preachy in its message, and that is one of its greatest assets. Enda is every woman, and we can all draw strength from her ability to change her own life. Based on its simplicity, relatability, and brevity, I give The Awakening five stars.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 12 2010

While the book is fairly short at 150 pages, it still manages to convey plenty of emotions and vivid descriptions. The book made me think both times I read it...It makes you wonder about your role as a woman (wife, mother), and even though this book is more than a century old, there's still plenty to draw from it

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BellaOnline

Above average
Reviewed by M. E. Wood on May 30 2015

Keeping in mind the era of the story was written, I can see why it is such an important literary classic. Chopin was a voice of change in a time when women were meant to know their place. Unfortunately, were the story written today, I would probably set it aside and not give it further thought or recommendation.

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Her Circle Magazine

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Reviewed by Marina DelVecchio on Nov 02 2011

Whether we agree or not with this protagonist’s decision to end her torture, Kate Chopin has introduced us to a heroine of great courage – a woman who liberated herself from the confines of patriarchal institutions...in order to pursue her art, her freedom, a room of her own, wherein only her voice dominated and her desires thrived.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by tennis562 on Jun 04 2015

Although independence and self-discovery were key points in this story, I felt like they were overshadowed by the boring and typical plot. In a way, I felt like Edna took her individualism a step too far.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by connelly on Jun 04 2015

The Awakening beheld a mix of realism, social commentary, and psychological complexity that inevitable became a precursor to later writers in American literature. Overall, the book provided interesting views yet was a tad bit boring and practically put me to sleep in a few parts.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by kyrireese on Jun 04 2015

The way Chopin puts Edna’s desire for freedom in our face is what makes this novel so powerful and so memorable. It is what makes this enlightening story appealing to women today who have secret yearning of their own.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Maddilyn B on Nov 21 2008

I have just completed the most eye-opening book, one unlike any I have read...If you are a fan of awe-inspiring stories with a rollercoaster ride of finding yourself through the impossible, The Awakening is perfect for you.

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Things Mean a Lot

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Reviewed by Ana S on Apr 02 2010

A hundred and eleven years after its publication, The Awakening is still a revolutionary novel...The narrator’s voice is, if anything, sympathetic to Edna’s plight. But more than anything, it lets her story speak for itself and invites the reader draw whatever conclusions she or he will.

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Jules' Book Reviews

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Reviewed by Jules on Sep 20 2011

I enjoyed the story of the book, Chopin showed Edna's struggle to discover herself, and explore her true identity. The author did a good job at exploring the trails a woman faced during the time period...I would. It was a well written and thought provoking story, there were times it slowed down, but it is worth reading.

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Rebecca Reads

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Reviewed by Rebecca Reid on Oct 12 2012

At once both a feminist tale and a sexual awakening story, The Awakening delves into the complex emotions of a woman searching for herself...I found it to be an intriguing look into society of the late nineteenth century American middle class, as well as a story that may unfortunately be all too resonant to women today.

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Lit and Life

Above average
Reviewed by Lisa on Jan 31 2011

Chopin has populated this story with a wealth of characters representing all facets of life in this time period...The secondary and minor characters in the book are all in place for a reason...this story is much more than a lesson. It is a beautifully written work that is every bit as relevant today as it was more than 100 years ago.

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Iris on Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Iris on May 03 2010

I really liked reading it. It was intriguing. There was some foreshadowing and inevitability about the story, but it somehow never got on my nerves. I also loved the style. It’s highly readable and I love how it shows a character’s growth and development through everyday occurrences...I highly recommend reading this book...

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My Books. My Life.

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Reviewed by Michelle on Mar 01 2009

I finished The Awakening by Kate Chopin this weekend. I loved it...It’s a sad book, ahead of its time in feminism but sadder still for the way it had to end in 1899... I think that any woman would be able to relate to this book and I think it should be read.

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Reviewed by Heather on Jan 24 2009

It is actually a very simple story, told in simple but elegant language that draws the reader in and makes it impossible not to care about Edna and what happens to her...Suffice it to say, I liked the novel quite a bit and would absolutely recommend it as a relevant and readable classic.

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BooksAreTheNewBlack

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Reviewed by Natalie Ramm on Sep 29 2011

This novel was revolutionary for its time. Chopin overturned Victorian era novels by really focusing on a woman’s inner life, her sexuality, her rationale, and her yearning for independence...As much as I liked this book and recommend it to everyone, all I could think at the end was, thank God that was over 110 years ago.

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