The Awakening book cover

The Awakening

And Selected Short Stories

subjects: Short Stories, Religious Aspects of Sexuality, Gender & Relationships

Description

From her vacation to the Gulf of Mexico to her return to New Orleans, Edna Pontellier, the wife of Léonce and mother of two boys, embarks on an emotionally fraught journey to discover love and self-fulfillment. Her relationships with her husband, with LeBrun and with Mademoiselle Reisz lead to a battle with isolation, conflicting emotions and her discovery of life as a sexual being. Set in nineteenth-century New Orlean’s, Kate Chopin’s novel was one of the earliest books to deal with gender issues and female sexuality, often cited as an early benchmark work of feminism.

Excerpt

A green and yellow parrot, which hung in a cage outside the door, kept repeating over and over:

“Allez vous–en! Allez vous–en! Sapristi! That’s all right!”

He could speak a little Spanish, and also a language which nobody understood, unless it was the mocking–bird that hung on the other side of the door, whistling his fluty notes out upon the breeze with maddening persistence.