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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Feb 07, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 1001-books, classics, novella
Read from February 07 to 08, 2012

Chopin's work The Awakening, despite its age is still relevant to women as a reminder from where we have come. This was a re-read, the first many years ago when it was often cited in the new stages of feminism as one of the first feminist novels. I am not sure if that is wholly accurate but it was a breakout piece at the time it was written. I thought it was a good time to read this again as it seems there are so many issues that directly effect women in the current cultural dialogue. It is the same dialogue repeated every few years, but if repeated enough we no longer listen, we tune out "the same old thing" and when we fail to hear at all, then we give it all away. I mean no political offense here, just that women's rights were brought about at a snail's pace through the decades and it can be taken away in the stroke of a pen or the pound of a gavel.
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