How did we get to July wrap up time already? I don‘t believe how fast this year is passing.
Pretty good reading month for me! Excited to get properly cracking on the booker prize long list in August. Standouts from this month were This Is Shakespeare and The Awakening 💖💖💖
You get into the confusion Edna feels about her life and the people in it from the jump. Chopin perfectly captures the stifling atmosphere of Louisiana which reflects Edna‘s state of mind too. I feel like that‘s a Thing with Southern writers: they‘re heady & atmospheric. My version included a few of her short stories & I forgot she wrote Désirée‘s Baby. Incredibly aspirational from a short story writer‘s standpoint.
This book was pretty much perfect! So simple and lyrical, and a very timely read for just after Madam Bovary - sidenote that it goes very well with Taylor Swift‘s new song 😍
I was so impressed by the calm writing style that described such intense emotions so beautifully, so recognisably. Edna felt so familiar even tho she‘s fro a continent away in a time I‘ve never lived in. Can‘t believe I haven‘t read this before!
Some books are less about plot than capturing a feeling or illustrating something deeper, beyond feeling, rooted in the soul. This is that type of book
Edna has a seemingly happy life. She has not noticed she is not happy. Something in her awakens. A realisation that her choices have been mapped, that she is caught where she is, being something she never chose to be.
Chopin beautifully portrays her confusion and conflicting desires. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I loved this book. Kate Chopin can be a difficult read. For me, the endings you don‘t expect are what I like. That is what you get with Kate Chopin.
Day 10 #adventrecommend #FeministRead
Set in 1899, this story follows Edna as she discovers herself while struggling with her role of being a wife & mother. It focuses societal expectations of women & being trapped in those roles. There is infidelity in this story & Edna comes off as selfish as a result of her struggle with her role in society & her depression.
I had a thin paperback copy of this in middle or high school which I‘ve long since lost or given away. It was the first piece of classic literature I fell in love with on my own. I remember responding to the fact that it was written by a woman in 1899, and deeply identifying with the main character. I got the urge to reread it tonight, and the screenshot above is from the free kindle version if anyone wants to add it to their digital library.
Just finished this and I‘m shaking.
Its everything. Everything this year of my #readingwomen has been about. Everything #feminism is. All of its promises and real life problems. It‘s all of the complications of adulthood and societal expectations. It‘s young love and reality. So much truth. So much heartbreak.
My #bookstack! What do you notice?
2. no, but I read/re-read them throughout the year
3. Animal Farm
4. No, no, no! I don't believe in banning books!! I teach high school English and AP Literature, and I teach banned books: Lord of the Flies, 1984, Brave New World, The Handmaid's Tale, hopefully we'll have time for The Kite Runner this year, and The Picture of Dorian Gray (banned in its time). I also have several banned books in my classroom library.
There are so many women authors of classic literature who don't get enough attention that this #agameoffavorites was difficult for me. I decided on The Awakening by Kate Chopin because even though it was written in the 1800s its story is incredibly relevant. Plus every time I'm in the ocean this book still manages to haunt me ?. Kate Chopin was also "drawn to the . . . work of George Sands" which is pretty awesome.
The biggest thing I walked away with after finishing this book, is that as a woman, I am extremely glad to be alive today and not in the 1800's...
The imagery of this novel was gorgeous, but that may be the best I can say. Like much classic American literature, The Awakening seemed to lack a driving plot. There was more theoretical narrative than there was intriguing arc. Chopin's writing is quite beautiful and I wish I could have enjoyed her novel more.
I listened to this #audiobook that I got from #librivox not knowing what to expect from it. It was on a reading list of #classics that I have been slowing going through for about 20 years now.
This was a very intriguing novel that tackles themes of early #feminism such as repression, the “role of a woman,” a woman‘s desires as an individual, and going against conventions.
I really liked this book. Pick it up and give it a read/listen.
Day 2 #7favesin7days
The website Obvious State was having a sale on their bookish merch, so I bought two sets of their Women Writers postcard series. I meant to keep one for my own wall art and give the other to my mom. My boyfriend pointed out that my mom would rather get them as postcards from me, though, so I guess I'll just have to keep them both 🤷♀️
I read this approximately 100 years ago when I was but a teenager and did not yet know I was a feminist. I didn't remember much about it except that I liked it. I'm glad to report that I still do! 👍🏼 Such a great, albeit, short book. Also, this is the original copy I read back then because I am a book hoarder and of course I still have it.
I really enjoyed this one. Written in the era where women were mothers and wives without dreams, this woman “woke” to her own needs. Scandalous for the times, to be certain.
Another great choice from Serial Reads! I adore this work from Chopin. Her ability to evoke the atmosphere & the languidness of Edna‘s awakening & transformation into herself is sheer perfection. If you haven‘t read this one, I highly recommend it-if you have read it before, this would be a great way to end Women‘s History Month 😉 😊💜
Maybe a bit tame compared to how we think about feminism now, but I love reading works revolutionary for their time that paved the way for more.
I didn't listen to this edition, but I love this Krøyer painting a lot so I had to use it.
#ReadingWomenChallenge #setintheamericansouth @thereadingwomen #modernmrsdarcy #IdRatherBeReading #classicyouvebeenmeaningtoread #Booked2018 #feministclassic @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
"She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.”⠀
Oh, Edna Pontellier. She's quite the character. And, if you look at reviews of this book, quite polarizing. Regardless of how you may feel about this book, it's one of those daring stories that greatly influenced the books that followed it. We review this classic read (and five more) on the latest episode.
I once tried to read this book, quite some years ago, when I wasn't ready for it and I didn't finish it. But today, many years older (and hopefully wiser), I finally understood it. And it was everything. While I didn't actually like anyone in the book, I have to admire Chopin's determination to write something like this, to write Edna's boldness in wanting to be more than just a wife and a mother.
This book has been sitting on my shelf since 2009 unread. I‘m gonna fix that.
Thanks to @Cinfhen and her reminder that the first quarter of #booked2018 will be over by the end of the month, I better get cracking on this book for #feministclassic and I'm also asking for suggestions on #cozymystery over on my previous post!