Classic book, can't disappoint. One can only imagine how Edna Pontellier would look controversial in 1900 America, and not only then/there: Edna's thoughts about maternal love and dedication would stir quite a lot of people I know :-)
I have only some reservations about the ending, of an otherwise "perfect" story.
Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, is such a revolutionary book. It marks a significant epoch in the evolution of an American female literary tradition. From the protagonist, Edna, Chopin successfully reveals her ideas of revealing the situation of wife, the experience of motherhood and the possibility of women’s pursuing of sexual happiness. In addition, Chopin examines the inspirational importance of Edna’s struggle between self-determinated freedom and destined female role. This touches upon Feminism’s discussion of marriage, motherhood and sexuality. Moreover, the implication, contained in The Awakening, of reshaping female nature is somehow promoting to awaken and lessen the unfairly female inequality....Continua