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The Awakening by Kate Chopin
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Aug 12, 2007

it was ok
bookshelves: readandreviewed

"He thought it very discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and valued so little his conversation."

This line is typical of this novel. While I respect its place in history as one of the first books to openly address the issue of feminism within a marriage, I can't help but think it could have been written a little less....obviously. Everything felt like a "The More You Know" moment. Also, the whole Woman-Has-An-Affair-In-Order-To-Free-Herself motif continues to grate my last nerve - and this character has two affairs. (how "free" do you need to be?!) However, I did appreciate the novelty of the woman in the story actually taking action to leave her life and trying a life on her own for a while before killing herself. Most of these characters jump straight to the suicide...
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February 1, 2006 – Finished Reading
August 12, 2007 – Shelved
August 12, 2007 – Shelved as: readandreviewed

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