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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The AwakeningMy postgraduate course is taking over pretty much my whole life at the moment.  I am still finding the time to read non-academic books when I commute but I am getting very behind with writing up my reviews (also in the wrong order as I read this before ‘The Unconsoled’).  I actually read ‘The Awakening’ by Kate Chopin during Banned Books Week at the beginning of October but have only just got round to writing this blog post.  Hopefully, I will catch up by Christmas…!

‘The Awakening’ tells the story of Edna Pontellier, a young Creole woman trapped in an unhappy marriage who is capable of (shock horror) independent thought and marital infidelity.  Her modern views on motherhood and femininity even cause her husband, Leonce, to seek medical advice.  During a holiday, she meets Robert and falls for him.  Inevitably, there are tragic consequences.  Continue reading


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