The Awakening: A Review


Hello friends,

I am going to be reviewing some of the things I am reading for the first time or re-reading this summer. Please share your won opinions or favorite quotes.


“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

This is a quote from Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. In this 19th century novel the main focus is a woman, who after several years of marriage, birthing two children, and settling into a complacent life, decides that she doesn’t want to fade into nonexistence. She summers in New Orleans with her family which is where she meets a man that she begins to love. This transformation in herself is what helps to change her perspective about all of the facets of life around her.

I give this book an 8 out of 10. It is a great little summer read.

“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”

“but whatever came, she had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.”

The Awakening, originally titled A Solitary Soul, is a novel by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. Set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century South. It is one of the earliest American novels that focuses on women’s issues without condescension. It is also widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, generating mixed reaction from contemporary readers and criticism.


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