This is a short book so, naturally, I thought it would be a quick, easy read.
The word choice and style of speaking make it deceptively difficult. It seems to be a character study which, for me, is always harder to follow. But the intrigue of delving into our main character’s personality made up for the lack of entertainment and escapism you might find in a more traditional plot-based novel.
(CW: The main people in this book are wealthy, white, and from the Old South. Be aware that while they never use the n-word, they use some…less-than-respectful names for racial minorities.)
Title – The Awakening
Author – Kate Chopin
Page count – 116
As far as a description goes, I’ll let the back of the book speak for itself: “First published in 1899, this novel shocked readers with its open sensuality and uninhibited treatment of marital infidelity…It tells the story of a New Orleans wife [named Edna Pontellier] who attempts to find love outside a stifling marriage.” You can definitely see some of Chopin’s own experiences come out in her writing, namely her marriage into a wealthy Louisiana family and her self-sufficiency after her husband’s death. Continue reading “The Awakening (#18/50)”