Summary: When first published in 1899, The Awakening shocked readers with its honest treatment of female marital infidelity. Audiences accustomed to the pieties of late Victorian romantic fiction were taken aback by Chopin’s daring portrayal of a woman trapped in a stifling marriage, who seeks and finds passionate physical love outside the confines of her domestic situation.
Aside from its unusually frank treatment of a then-controversial subject, the novel is widely admired today for its literary qualities. Edmund Wilson characterized it as a work “quite uninhibited and beautifully written, which anticipates D. H. Lawrence in its treatment of infidelity.” Although the theme of marital infidelity no longer shocks, few novels have plumbed the psychology of a woman involved in an illicit relationship with the perception, artistry, and honesty that Kate Chopin brought to The Awakening.
My review: One of my goals is to make a dent in the 1001 books to read before your die list. I have started of 2016 pretty steady towards meeting my reading goal when I suddenly remembered that I really wanted to read a lot of books on this list as this is one of my bucket list goals. I will not finish the year this year, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try especially since a lot of the books are less than 200 pages, which really only takes me a couple of hours to read.
Last week, I was looking for some of the classics on Kindle Unlimited when this book came up, I decided it was time to give a classic a go.
Well I didn’t really care for it. I hate saying this because it is a classic and it was groundbreaking for it’s time. The ending was very traumatic for sure, but overall I guess I felt it was boring. Maybe because I was child of the 90s and a millennial I am jaded?
I feel bad and I was hoping I would love this classic so I could be classy and stuff but I just didn’t. I guess I will be classy another day.