By (author) Kate Chopin
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Awakening by Kate Chopin
Book DescriptionEdna Pontellier and her husband are vacationing with their two boys at a resort in Grand Isle. Edna is an upper-middle class woman who has married into the Creole elite when she begins to believe that there is more to life than societal status and frivolous wealth. At Grand Isle she enters into an extramarital relationship with Robert LeBrun, the son of the woman who runs the resort. She flirts with Robert and seeks his support of her dissatisfaction with materialism, until he realizes it is apparent that something must be done to shake her constant attention to him. He "decides" to go to Mexico. Edna is lonesome when he leaves, but on her return to New Orleans with her family, she suddenly starts to do things differently: she will not receive guests or makes social calls; she starts drawing and painting; she takes lessons on the piano with the notoriously unpleasant Mademoiselle Reisz who also listens to Edna's reading of Robert's letters. Her husband leaves for New York on a long business trip, and Edna sees her chance to move out of his house into a place of her own. She throws herself a going away party and discovers that Robert is returning. She is then called to her friend Adele's house to help with the delivery of her latest child. Being witness to the birth has a terrible effect on Edna. In the meantime, she learns that Robert, despite all his promises of love, has left her. She experiences an "awakening" of her awareness of the truth surrounding her entire situation. She travels alone to Grand Isle, goes out swimming, naked, into the ocean, giving herself over to memories of the past and to drowing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781595478818
Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 9mm)
Imprint: NuVision Publications
Publisher: NuVision Publications
Publish Date: 28-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kate Chopin
Awakening, Paperback (March 2016)
Kate Chopin's classic, an American Anna Karenina, joins Canongate's Canons series. With an introduction by Barbara Kingsolver
Awakening and Selected Stories, Paperback (September 2015)
Widely censured at the time of its publication in 1899, Kate Chopin's The Awakening is an evocative story of self-discovery and female emancipation that has since become one of the most popular classics in the American canon.
Kate Chopin the Dover Reader, Paperback (April 2015)
Concise introduction to the 19th-century, pre-feminist author features complete text of The Awakening plus short stories, including "The Storm," "The Story of an Hour," and "A Pair of Silk Stockings."
Pair of Silk Stockings, Paperback (February 2015)» View all books by Kate Chopin
From one of the most daring writers of fin-de-siecle America, this title features five stories of awakening that range from Louisiana's plantations and poverty-stricken bayous to its gilded cities.
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