The Awakening

by Kate Chopin
List(s):"Carp 500"
"Racine Library List"
Category: "Fiction - General"
Pages:190
Year of Publication:1899
Date Read:10/02/1994
Notes:When first published, The Awakening was considered controversial because of its frank treatment of both adulterous love between a married woman, Edna Pontellier, and an unmarried younger man, Robert LeGrun, and the subject of female sexuality.

COMMENTS — Katherine Chopin’s father, Thomas O’Flaherty, was a founder of the Pacific Railroad, and unfortunately, was aboard the train on its inaugural trip in 1855 when it plunged into the Gasconade River after a bridge collapsed. Only a few years later, in 1863, Kate’s older brother George was captured by Union forces during the Civil War and died from typhoid fever while a prisoner of war. Kate married Louisiana native Oscar Chopin in 1870. In 1883, he died of swamp fever, leaving Kate with six young children.
My Rating: 4

Reviews for The Awakening

Review - Awakening, The

A depressing book about an extremely selfish woman. It is billed as an account of the first modern, independent woman, but if committing suicide because the man you love won't have an affair with you is independence, I'd recommend dependency.
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