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The Awakening and Selected Stories of Kate Chopin.
Paperback, 368 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Signet
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Jan Priddy
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could see where "The Awakening" was headed early on and threw the book across the room, but then I picked it back up and read all the way through this remarkable and brilliant collection. The very short "Story of an Hour" alone is worth buying the collection, but I taught several of Chopin's stories. Her irony is explosive compared to O.Henry's soft sadness. Less sentimental, more realistic, startling and thought-provoking. She reveals astonishing truths about people, about their fears and hop ...more
John
I've read The Awakening, but not when I was mature enough to understand/realize what immense affect it was. I will re-read in that regard, ...more
Joseph F.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel, The Awakening, was a perfectly fine story. However I really enjoyed the short stories more in this collection. With great sensitivity Chopin lays bare the human condition. There’s a certain optimism one finds here, expressing some of the good in human nature.

I also really liked the local flavoring. The Louisiana of long ago is such a different world, and one I know so little about.
anfal
i enjoyed the awakening but i didn’t care much for the majority of the selected stories
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
"You have been a very, very foolish boy, wasting your time dreaming of impossible things when you speak of Mr. Pontellier setting me free! I am no longer one of Mr. Pontellier's possessions to dispose of or not. I give myself where I choose. If he were to say 'Here, Robert, take her and be happy; she is yours,' I should laugh at you both."


3/5 stars

Technically the edition that I read also contained some of Kate Chopin's short stories, but as I only chose to read a few of them and I find it ha
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Zoe's Human
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the plus side, Chopin's work is feminist. While some of her stories may seem mild and unworthy of controversy in our time, they were utterly shocking in hers. Some, like "The Story of an Hour" and "The Storm", present ideas that are still considered deviant today. I believe these stories are still relevant.

However, her work is also exemplary of white feminism. Repeatedly, the black characters are referred to not by name but by position and even more frequently by percent of blackness - the mu
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Julie
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
Haven't read the other short stories yet, so this is just a review of The Awakening. It was nicely-written and incredibly atmospheric -- I loved the (ironically) dreamy, listless mood which had the main character just ebbing around -- but aside from that, it just breezed past me. Edna isn't easy to feel for or sympathise with, and I didn't linger on this story afterwards. ...more
Ali Thompson
Sep 26, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chopin (as in Kate) was the OG feminist and for that, I can only commend her. However, The Kiss left a lot to be desired. Too brief! Give me more women behaving indecently.
Christine
Jul 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, stories
Not being familiar with how patois sounds, I stumbled through many chapters in the work. Perhaps listening to an audio version would be a better option for me.
Chris
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I've decided to rededicate myself to reading this year, and as a part of that, I wanted to branch out. I've read lots of nonfiction, books from people of different cultures, but still, very few books by women. So that is what I'll be doing over the next few weeks I think.

In particular, I feel that it's important not just to read pulp by women, but books that have contributed to the evolution of feminism. As a man, it's impossible to know what a woman's life is like, how th
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Bailey
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
Okay, this is going to be more than a bit spacey, due to its subject matter (I'm not the most nuanced). I'm also only reviewing The Awakening (I did attempt the other stories, but they're just not my cup of tea). The palpable emotion is what drew me to this story; I felt the highest high when Edna began to paint, delighted alongside her when she began setting up shop in her new home. But what really stuck with me was when she put herself at odds with a dear friend by declaring her adamant stance ...more
Jonas
Dec 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Kate Chopin is really a phenomenal writer, her prose is exceptional. That being said, I think her talents are showcased most effectively in her short stories, rather than her novel. Her short stories, generally ranging from three to ten pages, are master works. They tell fascinating stories, and leave plenty of room for interpretation, discussion, and analysis.

The Awkaening itself isn't a particularly long novel, and it also has plenty of room for discussion. I understand why many high schools i
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Maria
Chopin is my all-time favorite New Orleans literature author. I fell in love with her work back in my sophomore year of high school, when I was intrigued by reading about the evolution of women's sexuality in literature. Chopin has always had a dramatic flair to her writing, with her short stories having little plot twists that almost make you gasp. "Desiree's Baby' is one of those, and is included in this collection. All of her work makes you think about what life was like for women back in tho ...more
Chloe
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read two of Kate Chopin's stories before (Story of an Hour and A Pair of Silk Stockings), both of which I absolutely adored. I wanted to read more of her work because I knew her importance as an early feminist writer, and this book did not disappoint. The Awakening, while a little slow to start and somewhat uneven, was absolutely compelling. Thank god I'm not a woman living in that time period, because I would have handled marriage and motherhood even worse than Edna did. I would love to hav ...more
Lexi
May 29, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found myself enjoying the short stories more than “The Awakening”.
Bibliophileverse
Aug 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Unforgettable Classic.................
The Awakening and Other selected stories is a wonderful classic which splendidly focuses on lives of women in the society. In fact, the stories display the ugly face of our society, where people are judged based on their color. Furthermore, People have faced these issues for a long time now and are still prevalent in the society. My favorite story in the book is Desiree's Baby, where the story compels to think about the ubiquitous practices in our society. A
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Kelly
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Scartowner
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So many reviewers emphasize that Chopin wrote feminist views in a time when women could not politely leave their designated status. But Chopin's The Awakening and Stories address more than social limitations of the late 1800's. She writes beautifully of hope, passion, despair, romantic love, and mother love. But the primary impact on me was "freedom." And don't let me suggest that Chopin was only a "writer with a message." She was a very talented writer and storyteller. Highly recommend. ...more
✨ Anna ✨ |  ReadAllNight
I think we read this in high school which looking back seems kind of heavy, but we did read serious literature all through there. Anyway, I have a school copy and re-read it not too long ago. I liked it the first time and again as well. It really brings to the senses the time and place; and back in the 80s having a female author from history was extra interesting. Especially with her message...or what you determined her message to be.
Saba Gohar
I read the awakening last year and simply loved it. Thinking, the short stories would give me as much of joy or may be more, I bought the book which turned out to be a complete waste of money.

I have read short stories by Camus and Chekhov which I enjoyed thoroughly and may be I was comparing her to them but she has disappointed me through and through. Hated it. Three stars for the awakening only!
Zo
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The novel itself was far under what I expected it to be. I understand why it's branded as a controversial early feminist novel, but the plot was so dry and the characters so boring that I wanted to put the book down. The short stories are amazing though and carry much more depth than the novel does. ...more
Carlie
May 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I could not get past the fact that this woman abandons her children. Yeah, it sucks to be trapped in a marriage to a man you no longer love but the kids had nothing to do with it. You brought them into the world. It is your responsibility to ensure you don't scar them for life. ...more
Abbie Will
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like her short stories; they were daring and feminist for her time...recommend this thus far.
Laura
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm generally not a huge short story fan, so it has to be something really special for me to love it. Chopin is obviously a great writer, but none of these stories really grabbed me. ...more
Brian
I enjoyed this book tremendously as I was reading it, but I left off somewhere and just never could find my way back to it.
Morgan Duplechin
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I don't have much to say about this book. It was really great! Kate Chopin is an amazing writer and the selection of stories was great! There wasn't a story I didn't like. ...more
Sara
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Kate Chopin. My favorites were: 'The Story of an Hour' and 'Regret'. ...more
Susan Reader
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic
Beautifully written. Can't decide what I think about the heroine and her decisions, but she was alive to me and her world was vivid. Lovely. ...more
Lyat Conyers
I couldn’t quite get into this book. I was looking forward to this feminist novel, and yet, I found myself very disconnected from the main character.
Suada Leskaj
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yo not gonna even lie, i finished the Awakening lying on my bathroom floor and just continued to lay there without moving for this book left me so dumb-founded but so fulfilled
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Kate Chopin was an American novelist and short-story writer best known for her startling 1899 novel, The Awakening. Born in St. Louis, she moved to New Orleans after marrying Oscar Chopin in 1870. Less than a decade later Oscar's cotton business fell on hard times and they moved to his family's plantation in the Natchitoches Parish of northwestern Louisiana. Oscar died in 1882 and Kate was suddenl ...more

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