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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Apr 06, 2010

really liked it
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Read on July 05, 2011

I'm torn between giving this a 4 and a 5. It reminded me of "Madame Bovary" in a lot of ways, especially its heroines (even their names are similar!), except I think I may have liked this more. There was a feminist side to "The Awakening" which I never really saw in "Mme B", despite everyone's insistence that it was there. I loved that, and also really enjoyed watching Edna change and grow as a person, cheering her as she strove to gain her independence. Emma was never really like that; while she did dabble in adultery, it was more out of boredom than anything else, and she more or less let things happen to her, instead of going after the things that made her happy and trying to do more with her life, the way Edna did. A lot of the writing was beautiful, and the ending haunts me, with its vivid imagery and its ambiguity. I can't get that scene out of my head, even hours after finishing it. I wasn't thinking I'd like this book at all, but I am so glad I read it.
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