A taboo subject back in its day, The Awakening tells the story of one womans emotional journey from a stifled, miserable marriage to a spirited and lusty freedom. Young Edna Pontellier feels trapped in a loveless, although pampered, life with husband, Leonce. Stirrings of independence begin one summer while resorting in Grand Isle, an island off the coast of Louisiana. These new feelings have begun a profound change in Edna, liberating her beyond belief. Thus ensues an infidelity that dreams are made of, although at the expense of her marriage and motherhood.
Hardly shocking in this day and age, The Awakenings subject of marital infidelity and physical lust for another is always a pageturner. The theme of the novel – Ednas torment at the chains that bind her and the flutterings of an unbridled passion – is brought to life with beautiful writing in simple, elegant words.
You will be surprised to find such a passionate and provocative story within its pages. Short but penetrating, The Awakening will move you.