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The Awakening | [Kate Chopin]

The Awakening

Although originally published in 1899, this book's leading character, Edna Pontellier, could be mistaken for a modern day liberated woman, who abandons her conventional role and makes for herself a controversial and ultimately destructive life.
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Publisher's Summary

Although originally published in 1899, this book's leading character, Edna Pontellier, could be mistaken for a modern day liberated woman. In the summer of her 28th year, as she watched numerous mothers on a beach, she vowed to honor the deep yearnings within herself that she sensed were unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood. She abandoned her conventional role in life and made for herself a controversial and ultimately destructive life.

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    James Lakeland, FL, USA 04-12-06
    James Lakeland, FL, USA 04-12-06
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    "Hollow"

    I must say this book when read is far more moving than when listened to on this robotic audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Seminole, FL, USA 01-13-04
    Ed Seminole, FL, USA 01-13-04
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    "Powerful"

    This work is nothing less than succulently powerful. Chopin sucked me right in, and I felt it all with Edna. I'm left, several days after finishing it, still thinking about the story. Potent stuff.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    H. Z. Hill West Orange, NJ USA 08-20-07
    H. Z. Hill West Orange, NJ USA 08-20-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "Puzzled"

    This book appears on a list of the 100 greatest books which is why I read it. I certainly can't figure out why it has been selected. It is boring, empty and supercilious. The author is certainly a good writer and maybe she portrays an anomaly of the times -- an independent woman. But Ibsen does it so much better. I would recommend not wasting one's time on this one. There are far better books out there -- try The Mill on the Floss, for instance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Kempner, TX, United States 03-26-09
    Jennifer Kempner, TX, United States 03-26-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story, Good Reader"

    I love this book. The story moves fast, and keeps you in wondering agony to find out what is going to happen. The reader is ok. I make sure this book is always on my ipod, so I always have a good book to listen to.

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