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The Awakening and Selected Stories (Penguin Classics)

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  • Seller:briansmonky
  • Sales Rank:361,729
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:New Ed
  • Pages:288
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.5
  • Dimensions (in):5.3 x 0.6 x 7.7
  • Publication Date:February 4, 2003
  • ISBN:0142437328
  • EAN:9780142437322
  • ASIN:0142437328
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The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers and reviewers with its treatment of sex and suicide. In a departure from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine's desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class convention are themes of this now-classic novel.

The book was influenced by French writers ranging from Flaubert to Maupassant, and can be seen as a precursor of the impressionistic, mood-driven novels of Virginia Woolf and Djuna Barnes. Variously called "vulgar," "unhealthily introspective," and "morbid," the book was neglected for several decades, not least because it was written by a "regional" woman writer.


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