The Awakening: And Beyond the Bayou

The Awakening: And Beyond the Bayou

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Overview

Edna Pontellier is married, twenty-eight, and at a crossroads in her life. She is passionate and artistic but has no one who understands her deep yearnings. She jumps at the chance to spend a summer away from her husband and the heat of New Orleans at a small coastal retreat.

Here she is enveloped by a small circle of friends where she begins to throw off the strictures and moirés of the 1890s bourgeoisie. Stepwise, Edna renounces her obligations, takes a lover, and is propelled on a course that frees, consumes, and eventually destroys her.

In what was to be her last novel, Kate Chopin shocked the readers of her day by showing a woman being fulfilled by throwing off the ties of marriage and children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400130313
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2005
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

American author Kate Chopin (1850-1904) wrote two novels, including the widely condemned The Awakening, and about a hundred short stories in the 1890s. Most of her fiction is set in Louisiana and most of her best-known work focuses on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women.

Shelly Frasier has recorded over fifty audiobooks. She can be heard narrating such classics as Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

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The Awakening 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
auntie_mammy123 More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I have it in 3 different forms and this particular one has a few small glitches but nothing major! cant beat the price:0
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Kate Chopin's The Awakening for a Lit course.I have read many books.Chopin's stories stay in my mind.I remember her characters as REAL people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a book club selection at our office and it really caused a stir in the participants -- such a wide variety of thoughts about the book. I really enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the google scanned books- the story is good but THE SCAN IS AWFUL -SPEND A BUCK & GET A GOOD COPY or your going to get alot of googly fonts & what looks almost like wingding font
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's been a few years since I've read this, but my overall impression of it was very dreamlike. The entire (rather short) book felt like a dream sequence. Yes, it's depressing, but it's also very powerful and moving. Give it a read if you haven't done so!
Kaydence on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't have read this book without needing to for my class, but I wasn't completely disappointed. As a book that is influential in the women's movement of the early 1900s, it's not the worst. I really like the short stories by Kate Chopin, but the novel just doesn't seem to go anywhere. The awakening that the main character goes through is not as entertaining as it could have been. Also, it was very controversial during the time that it was written because of the affair that the main character has, but for today's standards it's not as shocking and therefore not as interesting.
susanbevans on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a beautifully written brilliant story. An American classic about a woman's awakening to find her true self and her subsequent quest for independence.
LyzzyBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Acquired via BookCrossing 16 Jul 2010 - donation to OBCZ from ex-library stockA classic of feminist writing which was decried in its late 19th-century day and only rediscovered in the 1960s, this is the story of a woman who finds family life too constricting; she engages in a series of flirtations and gradually prises herself out of the claustrophobic mould in which she has found herself, to seek emotional, financial and sexual freedom. But will she have to pay too high a price...? This is a very atmospheric book; the sea plays a huge role and life on the summer resort is evoked beautifully. The language is a little indirect but never confusing, and it's an interesting and though-provoking read.
pinprick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The person who recommended this book to me is a bit of literature snob; only reading classics and looking down her nose at anything written after the early 1900's. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the book as much as I did. It had a light, lyrical prose; fantastic descriptions of Victorian Creole life; as well as a quick and easy pace. I found myself caught up in the story of Mrs. Edna Pontellier, and relating to her, even if her actions were less than noble. I enjoyed reading the Norton Critical Edition for a few reasons; the historical footnotes were fascinating and helped give context to the content, and reading criticisms from when the book first came out vs. later criticism was also interesting. I'm not sure I would have gotten as much out of the book if I had read a version without these things.
sadiebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i've always thought this book lets a girl down in the end a little bit.
rebelwriter85 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone told me to read this because of my interest in feminism. But when I did I was disappointed. Maybe the hype was better than the content.
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Loved this book. Found some of the themes applicable to todays life.
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