The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The AwakeningThe Awakening by Kate Chopin

Sea, sun, bathing and loose summer rules form a recipe for a respite. Warm and welcoming environment, shaped by people with different predispositions gathered under the same soothing conditions, lighten the protagonist’s manners. Her senses, before entangled beyond recognition, suddenly soften and let the melodies, smells and shapes in. Adjustments within her, long having been guided by society’s calls, now slowly, but steadily, change course. In awakening to the stimulants and novelties the protagonist quietly, but firmly, demands her right to feel her own feelings.

If in the works of similar stature the nuances of emotions are often but subtly implied and hidden behind the excessive behavior, they are here stated openly and affectionately. Although we are given free access to her thoughts, it is with less spectacle than any implication could leave us to imagine. It’s a silent, straightforward strength; she doesn’t lose herself in a love affair, but gains vigor from it. Similarly, her decline is more connected with a realization of the eternal gap between human nature and natural laws than it is with love itself. When summer ends, autumn comes and interrupts the immediacy of her bond with nature. Being enclosed between the walls of human invention, she knows no way out, for her awaking progresses linearly and is not attuned with the nature’s cyclic seasons.

16 Comments

  1. Great review ~ Kudos <3

  2. I downloaded this on my Kindle… can’t wait to read it!

    • So good to hear that, I hope you will like it as well! Do stop by and share your thoughts on it afterwards, I’m curious what you’ll think of it:)

      • I just read it and I loved it! It was a little disheartening because I feel like this is still a struggle women have, to establish their own identities separate from being wives and mothers, but it was beautifully written.

        • fronaness@gmail.com

          April 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

          I’m really happy you weren’t disappointed:) Yes, it’s almost hard to believe that after all these years that have gone by, this is still an ongoing issue. On the other hand, this relevance must be one of the reasons why this is such a nice book.

  3. I enjoyed reading your review. By chance I have been reading a series of case studies that deal, in different ways, with the challenge both of an ‘awakening’ and the subsequent possibilities of change and development. I imagine that Kate Chopin’s book would complement such a work. I like the tenor of her writing because it underlines the importance of being in touch with – and comfortable with – our (genuine) emotions. Thank you for posting this review.

    • fronaness@gmail.com

      March 15, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! I love that in her writings too.
      That sounds a very interesting study, are you doing some sort of a research or is it just for yourself? Have you reached any interesting conclusions?
      I forgot to tell you previously that your post called “Psychoanalysis” has stayed with me for months. Among other things, it really made me think how many irrational laws we follow on daily basis just because they happen to be there (or we just think that they are there)… Thank you for sharing this experience.

  4. This is an impressive review. Immersive imagery, and a thoughtful analysis. I’ll add the Awakening to my Kindle cue.

    Thanks for visiting (and following) me at (Almost) Unsalvageable!

    • fronaness@gmail.com

      March 15, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Thank you very much, I’m really happy you enjoyed it! I hope you’ll like the book as well.
      And you’re most welcome!:)

  5. Thank you! I appreciate your reviews. 🙂
    So glad you found my blog. Appreciate the follow. Have a wonderful week, and happy to meet you.
    Debbie

  6. Awesome writing!!!
    Greatly amazed by the first paragraph-“….recipe of respite….”.

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