For this subject to be written about when it was, was an absolute scandal. No one had ever heard of a woman standing up to her husband, let alone breaking it off. This is just one of those novels that I'm proud to say I've read.
Wonderful novel which explores the connection between gender roles, marriage, and self-fulfillment. Chopin catches the reader with her beautiful prose and never lets go. The surface story is memorable, yet the underlying themes are what makes this novel a true classic.
I highly recommend this book to those seeking a novel which keeps them on the edge of their seat...and allows them to ponder complexities about the roles of women and society.
I'm not a huge fan of required reading, but this was one of my favorites. The original women's fiction it looks at one woman's life and how she feels trapped in her times, and the dark way that she deals with it.
First published in 1899, this novel broke new ground in its depiction of women's passions and moral relativism. Scandalous in its day, the story is another of those whose authors seemed unable to imagine that a woman might break with her husband and society's expectations and yet find a happier life. As usual, she ends badly.
I was surprised how well this story kept my interest. I tend to find novels written during this time period tedious, but I finished The Awakening within 4 days. The lead character, Edna, is someone every woman can relate to in one way or another. She is real and flawed.