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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68,717 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Chopin Narrator: Liza Ross Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is the moving and powerful story of Edna Pontellier, a beautiful young wife and mother who discovers her true feelings and identity through her love for Robert Lebrun, and in so doing challenges the bourgeois assumptions of her day. First published in 1899 in America, it prompted shock and outrage, but has since come to be recognized as a modern classic. Download and start listening now!


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Roxanne | 2/15/2014

    " This was the first time I'd reread this book since college, when I spent a good portion of my sophomore year writing an honors thesis on it. I think I loved the language even more now, but found Edna less romantic than I did, and less comprehensible, although I think her dilemma moved me more now than it did. I feel like when I was in college, I tackled the book more from an academic, intellectual standpoint, while this time I just read the story and had a more emotional reaction. Mostly I feel sad: Edna's problem of being willing to sacrifice anything for her children but herself is much less of a issue for many women now than it was 120 years ago. Edna discovers this inner life she never realized she had, and because she can't go back to what she was before, she ultimately can't move forward either, can't reconcile the new Edna with the Edna who had a husband and children. Because of her time and her place in society, Edna can't live alone or be with the man she loves, can't live her life for herself - she would need to sacrifice that for her children's sake. For me as a woman today, I feel obligated to pursue my dreams and loves to be an example for my daughter. It's just interesting to me how, 14 years later, the book resonates for me in such a different way than it did when I first read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sherry | 2/14/2014

    " I really liked this book because I understand the message Chopin is trying to give. So the book seemed pretty real to me, including the ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by s•u•n•s•h•i•n•e ǤKENZ§» | 2/6/2014

    " A great book, speaking in terms of literary worth, but I was deeply unsatisfied with the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mark | 1/28/2014

    " I just couldn't finish this one. Unbelievably dry. "

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