Author: Kate Chopin
Date Finished: June 17, 2007
I chose to read this book because it fulfilled my 1890s decade for the By the Decades reading challenge. Well, and it had been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. Finally, I’ve read a few of Chopin’s short stories and really enjoyed them.
This book, however, lacked much of the color that can be found in her shorter fiction. Edna, the main character, becomes bored and restless in her marriage and decides to break convention and live her own life. Much of this occurs after meeting Robert, so it is difficult to discern whether she had always been unhappy or if the emotions were sparked by the more “free” people around her.
The book follows Edna’s desires and yearnings, but the question is how independent can a woman during that time period actually be? Will she be happy? I hate to ruin an ending, so I won’t.
Recommendation: The book is short and very easy to read. As you can see by my rating, I thought the book just OK. I think that Chopin’s short stories show much more passion and life. The Awakening seemed a little dull to me.