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Desiree's Baby | [Kate Chopin]

Desiree's Baby

These brilliant stories deal with love and life in Louisiana during the Civil War through the turn of the century. The Cajun and French-Creole traditions make a rich backdrop for these deeply human tales. In "Disirie's Baby" a young plantation owner marries and has a child with features of the slave race; in "A Lady of Bayou St. John" a young woman becomes a devoted wife after her husband is killed; in "The Story of an Hour" a woman is surprised by her feelings at the news of her husband's death. Other stories include "Love on the Bon-Dieu," "The Unexpected," "Fedora," "The Godmother," and "At the 'Cadian Ball." After more than a half century of neglect, Kate Chopin's writings have at last regained the attention of readers, writers, and critics. These stories, some of her best, demonstrate her special insight and understanding of irony.
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Publisher's Summary

These brilliant stories deal with love and life in Louisiana during the Civil War through the turn of the century. The Cajun and French-Creole traditions make a rich backdrop for these deeply human tales. In "Disirie's Baby" a young plantation owner marries and has a child with features of the slave race; in "A Lady of Bayou St. John" a young woman becomes a devoted wife after her husband is killed; in "The Story of an Hour" a woman is surprised by her feelings at the news of her husband's death. Other stories include "Love on the Bon-Dieu," "The Unexpected," "Fedora," "The Godmother," and "At the 'Cadian Ball." After more than a half century of neglect, Kate Chopin's writings have at last regained the attention of readers, writers, and critics. These stories, some of her best, demonstrate her special insight and understanding of irony.

(P) and ©1993 Commuter's Library

What the Critics Say

"Revolting against tradition and authority, with a daring which we can hardly fathom today;...[Kate Chopin] undertook to give the unsparing truth about woman's submerged life." (Per Seyersted, biographer of Kate Chopin)

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    Tamala Columbia, MD, USA 04-13-08
    Tamala Columbia, MD, USA 04-13-08
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    "The recording is horrible!"

    You can hardly hear it!!! Muffled and bad quality sound. I don't recommend this audio-book!!!

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    Taylor 03-13-15
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    The story was very hard to understand! The performance was terrible and I could not comprehend what she was saying.

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    Jaye Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-03-12
    Jaye Albuquerque, NM, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Kate Chopin and/or Jacqueline Kinlow?

    I will have to buy another version of the book to determine if I will.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Chopin again?

    Yes, I like the author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jacqueline Kinlow’s performances?

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    What character would you cut from Desiree's Baby?

    Don't know - I couldn't hear the story!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should filter out books with audio that cannot be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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