Tuesday, September 20
Book Review: The Awakening
Author: Kate Chopin
Summary: The Awakening aroused so much controversy when it was published in 1899 that it ended Kate Chopin’s career. It is the tale of one woman’s search for personal freedom in a world of strict social norms. Edna Pontellier is a young mother and mode wife from New Orleans those norms and thereby defying the bounds of society. After separating from her husband and gamily and entering into a daring love affair, Edna’s resolve is soon tested by that this controversial book is still with us is a testament to the talent o the author and the honesty of her characters. Today, the Awakening is among the finest examples of literary work with the strength and beauty to rise above suppression and endure the test of time.
My Rating: 8.25/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the story of the book, Chopin showed Edna's struggle to discover herself, and explore her true identity. The author did a good job at exploring the trails a woman faced during the time period, and how Edna was suffocating in her oppressive situation. I enjoyed the idea on how Edna starts to break away from traditional social roles of a woman of her standing is suppose to do, and starts doing something for herself and her own happiness. I both liked and hated the idea of her cheating on her husband, it did make the story that much more interesting - and I can see why it is so controversial during its time. The ending surprised me, but I felt it was very fitting to the book and Edna's character.
I was hoping for a little more from the book, I'm not sure exactly what I would have wanted, but there felt like there was something missing from the story. I also found that there were a few times the story seemed to slow down, and it wasn't the case where it slowed down to help make a more effective plot. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable read.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It was a well written and thought provoking story, there were times it slowed down, but it is worth reading.
What to read next: The Bell Jar
Challenges: 11 in 11, 100+ Challenge, 1001 Books to Read Challenge, Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge
Banned Book Week: Challenged because of its unconventional portrayal of women in society, sexuality, vulgar language.