July 14, 2004

Not waking!

I feel like a traitor to the entire female gender for not enjoying Kate Chopin's The Awakening. My thought on it? Awake me when it's over.


That's about all I can muster about that.

Posted by Julie Young at July 14, 2004 11:14 PM

I think I read it about 5 times between high school and SHU. I'm yawning right there with you, and was unimpressed by Kate Chopin in general. I will be starting The Alchemist today; I'll let you know how that goes.

Posted by: Donna at July 15, 2004 07:11 AM

As an avid fan of Kate Chopin, I can't believe you feel this way. Yawn?

What about the New Orleans imagery? The inner turmoil of Edna?

I have written many papers on this book, and I never get tired of assessing it.

I am so sad that you didn't like it. :-(

Posted by: Amanda at July 15, 2004 01:36 PM

Your "write" (ha ha) that you could get about a million papers out of it -- if I were reading it for school it would be full of promise and easy find copious sources in the library. However, I just didn't care about fair Edna and her problems... I think it might be that Doris Lessing makes hating your family so much more fun (I hope you get to read "To Room Nineteen" in Brit Lit one day). Anyway, the part where her friend had the baby, Robert rejected her and she took a long walk off a short pier was really interesting. At least I liked that!

But it was only the last ten pages.

Oh well! :)

Posted by: Julie at July 15, 2004 03:59 PM

That's harsh Julie, but I really do like this book.

I read it over the summer of my sophomore year of high school on my own time, and I have used it for projects because I enjoy the book. I wouldn't write about something that I do not find interesting on some level.

Posted by: Amanda at July 15, 2004 07:46 PM

Well, I concede that you are probably in the right on this one, Amanda, or else it wouldn't be a new classic. It does have its interesting and thoughtful parts -- it just didn't do it for me.

Posted by: Julie at July 15, 2004 09:09 PM
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