Today I finished reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin
for the second time. Last time was years ago. I remember borrowing the book from the library and holding it like a treasure. Now this book has become a permanent resident in my kindle.
When the book was introduced to me, ‘feminism’ was the keyword that got me hooked. Kate Chopin was an American writer based in Louisiana, and the Awakening was originally published in 1899.
I was curious, because it’s hard to imagine how a female author like Kate Chopin would approach such a sensitive topic in her era. Did I mention that the book was censored soon after publication because of its challenging plot? I wanted to experience the story myself and try to understand why it was rejected by so many people, or, why it has been recognized as a classic today.