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ePUB Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories: At Fault / Bayou Folk / A Night in Acadie / The Awakening / Uncollected Stories (Library of America) By Kate Chopin – Betadvice.es

From Ruined Louisiana Plantations To Bustling, Cosmopolitan New Orleans, Kate Chopin Wrote With Unflinching Honesty About Propriety And Its Strictures, The Illusions Of Love And The Realities Of Marriage, And The Persistence Of A Past Scarred By Slavery And War Her Stories Of Fiercely Independent Women, Culminating In Her Masterpiece The Awakening, Challenged Contemporary S As Much By Their Sensuousness As Their Politics, And Today Seem Decades Ahead Of Their Time Now, The Library Of America Collects All Of Chopin S Novels And Stories As Never Before In One Authoritative Volume The Explosive Novel At FaultCenters On A Love Triangle Between A Strong Willed Young Widow, A Stiff St Louis Businessman, And The Man S Alcoholic Wife In The Story Collections Bayou FolkAnd A Night In Acadie, Chopin Transforms The Local Color Sketch Into Taut, Perfectly Calibrated Tales Of Post Civil War Bayou Culture In The Awakening, The Now Classic Novel That Scandalized Many Of Her Contemporaries And Effectively Ended Her Writing Career, Chopin Tells The Story Of A Restless, Unsatisfied Woman Who Embarks On A Quixotic Search For Fulfillment The Volume Also Includes All The Stories Not Collected By Chopin, Including Those Meant For A Vocation And A Voice, A Projected Volume That Her Publisher Canceled In , And Three Stories That Were Found InIn A Long Lost Cache Of Chopin S Papers


10 thoughts on “Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories: At Fault / Bayou Folk / A Night in Acadie / The Awakening / Uncollected Stories (Library of America)

  1. says:

    I haven t read this book, but why let that stop me from rating it Actually, I just bought it and removed the plastic wrap Ah plastic wrap All books should be so well packaged Complete Novels and Stories is 136 in the Library of America series and I couldn t resist having all of Kate Chopin s fiction in one attractive and compact volume It s going to replace my four Penguin paperbacks The Awakening and Selected Stories, Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie, A Vocation and a Voice, and At Fault Perhaps a word of explanation is due for the book titled A Vocation and a Voice This collection was never published in Chopin s lifetime, but it was released by Penguin Books in 1991 with an introduction by Emily Toth It includes twenty three stories that Chopin intended for this collection The volume The Awakening and Selected Stories includes, in addition to The Awakening, twelve short stories, six of which are in Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie and three of which are in A Vocation and a Voice That means, of the fifty five uncollected stories in Complete Novels and Stories, twenty nine are not included in any of these four paperbacks That is my rationalization for buying this book and I think it s a pretty good one Some of my rationalizations for buying books would be quite unconvincing to anyone who wasn t a fellow book lover Of my paperbacks, I ve read everything except At Fault I suspected I wouldn t like it because I didn t like The Awakening Now everyone will yell at me because this is her masterpiece so what business do I have not liking it But I don t, and I realize the problem lies with me, not Chopin The prose in The Awakening is as beautiful as in the short stories I just didn t like the ending and I didn t like Edna I read The Awakening for the first time in college and I read it again years later, hoping to like it better the second time But nope I still didn t like it Nevertheless, I wasn t about to give up on Chopin, so I got Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie and I just loved those two short story collections I was surprised at how much I loved them considering my reaction to The Awakening But it s probably not that big of a mystery I ve long been a fan of local color literature So one of these days I m going to stop fondling Complete Novels and Stories and read it through from beginning to end, giving At Fault my first reading, revisiting Bayou Folk, A Night in Acadie, and The Awakening, and then reading the uncollected stories, which will be a mixture of rereads and first time reads For anyone interested in knowing which of the uncollected stories are in A Vocation and a Voice, here s the list An Idle FellowThe Story of an HourLilacsThe Night Came SlowlyJuanitaThe KissHer LettersTwo Summers and Two SoulsThe UnexpectedTwo PortraitsFedoraThe RecoveryThe Blind ManA Vocation and a VoiceA Mental SuggestionSuzetteA Morning WalkAn Egyptian CigaretteElizabeth Stock s One StoryA Horse StoryThe GodmotherTi D monThe White EagleAnd these are the three stories that are in The Awakening and Selected Stories along with six stories from Bayou Folk and A Night in Acadie.Emancipation A Life FableA Pair of Silk StockingsThe Storm


  2. says:

    153 pages in paperback edition You can easily read this in one or two days One sentence summary a married woman with two children in a well to do southern household realizes that her materially comfortable marriage is unfulfilling and she contemplates but does not consummate adultery The Awakening, first published in 1899, treats all of the same major themes found in Madame Bovary 1856 and Anna Karenina 1877 the subordination of women in marriage, marriage as bondage, tension between desire for motherhood and desire for freedom, hazards of adultery, inability of women to find fulfillment apart from family life Both Chopin and Tolstoy juxtapose the protagonist s unhappy marriage with the marriage of a very happy couple But due to brevity, this antithesis is only alluded to and never satisfactorily developed in The Awakening The plots of all three novels overlap to a considerable extent All three novels end with the suicide of the female protagonist Edna intentionally drowns herself in the Gulf of Mexico, Emma Bovary swallows arsenic, and Anna Karenina throws herself in front of a train The Awakening is the shortest of the three, but the reader pays for brevity in that no character other than the protagonist is well developed Many characters are nothing than distant shadows The protagonist turns to painting and drawing as her only escape from an otherwise meaningless existence Chopin s choppy descriptive technique reminds me of Impressionism, and at times even Pointillism, a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image Pointilism was a technique employed by Impressionist painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in the 1880 s The beginning of the novel is difficult to follow because so many hazily described characters are presented very quickly, and first and last names are intermixed without much warning to the reader The novel did not become interesting for me until midway Had it not been so short, I would have put it down The end of the novel was equally disappointing No sooner does Edna reunite with her love interest than Edna decides to drown herself Why couldn t an ardent feminist think of a liberating denouement and, instead, feel compelled to copy Flaubert and Tolstoy The Awakening differs from Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina in its portrayal of bourgeois Creole society in the deep South around the turn of the century However, the reader s empathy for Edna is undermined by numerous descriptions of free blacks being exploited as little than indentured servants working as nannies, maids, and cooks Rather than being sent to school, a young black boy is relegated to answering the door and holding a calling card tray Edna is blind to her own role in this societal hierarchy and focuses maniacally on her own lack of opportunity Chopin is also much reticent than Flaubert and Tolstoy in the realistic description of human sensuality Chopin is no D.H Lawrence A passionate kiss on the lips is as far as sensuality goes in The Awakening Perhaps a better title would have been The Daydream, or Wishful Thinking If I could only read one of the three Bovary, Karenina or The Awakening, I would choose Anna Karenina.


  3. says:

    If you are looking for a maximal helping of Kate Chopin, this is the book for you Everything she ever published, and a bunch of short stories which she did not, are between these covers It s over 1000 pages all told, and much of it is quite good Chopin is often cited as a proto feminist, especially because of her short novel, the Awakening I had read that one before starting this collection, along with her very short short story The Story of an Hour These were both part of my undergraduate English education The rest of her oeuvre continues with many of the same themes the difficulty of being a woman in the turn of the 20th century South, the lack of emotional connection, the brutality of economic conditions which force people into their roles There are also racial themes she explores the interactions between various classes of whites and the almost uniformly poor black people of Louisiana at the time On occasion the stories can veer into melodrama, but mostly they do an excellent job of straddling the line between stiff upper lip and small bursts of emotion Nothing in the book matches the highs she reaches in the Awakening, so if you are just looking to sample her work, that s the place to go I also warn you that you must have a high tolerance for hard to read written dialect However, many of the short stories are in fact extremely short, sometimes just one or two pages This means that if something doesn t capture you, it s not long and you re on to the next one.These Library of America volumes are very handsome books and great resources of completists like me who like to have every scrap of material available from certain authors.


  4. says:

    Chopin is a fantastic writer This volume includes her wonderful novel, The Awakening, which was shocking at the time as it s about a woman who decides to gasp dispense with convention and think for herself.The short stories are marvellous, as they transport you to the Creole world of Louisiana in the mid 1800s In just a few pages she draws a portrait of the people and character of that era.


  5. says:

    A really great book shows us how everything is great and worth to die for


  6. says:

    This was a re read for a book club.


  7. says:

    Serendipity Coincidence Perfect timing All of the above Yes.Amazing reading experience referring to The Awakening the novel published in 1899 which according to info in thie edition basically ended the writing career of the author and caused her works to fall into disrepute until many years later.I immediately found a deep connection between this novel and the Kathleen Norris book I am reading Acedia and Me I also drew parallels between The Awakening and the Virginia Woolf book publishe approximately thirty years later A Room of One s Own Little did I know the similarites between the two would wind through to the bitter end Now I must reread Woolf s book again which is no hardship as I periodically take it up again.I found the book fascinating for the layer upon layer of contrasts the mutitudes of people of various races, stations, etc Even so I must do some searching before the story will yield to a summation so much to consider.No summation is needed in order to say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this at long last


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    It did not strike her as in the least grotesque that she should be making of Robert the object of conversation and leading her husband to speak of him The sentiment which she entertained for Robert in no way resembled that which she felt for her husband, or had ever felt, or ever expected to feel She had all her life long been accustomed to harbor thoughts and emotions which never voiced themselves They had never taken the form of struggles They belonged to her and were her own, and she entertained the conviction that she had a right to them and that they concerned no one but herself Edna had once told Madame Ritignolle that she would never sacrifice herself for her children, or for any one Then had followed a rather heated argument the two women did not appear to understand each other or to be talking the same language.


  9. says:

    I just finished Kate Chopin s The Awakening I hesitate to say to much, not wanting to spoil it for anyone I can say her style of writing is so clear No superfluous passages to be found Just a story that will touch you deeply Considering the position of women in 1900 when this was written it even becomes poignant The lack of freedom and the stifling of the true person inside, and the pressures of society to conform Yet Edna in The Awakening does taste some of the freedom she had been denied or unaware of much of her life That means the freedom to make choices for good or ill A lovely novella that I would heartily recommend to anyone.


  10. says:

    Absolutely wonderful book Kate Chopin was a pioneer in female writers and it s no surprise her stories were considered ahead of their time I m thrilled she was rediscovered in the late 1900 s and is now in the history books as a feminist writer Her stories also present a glimpse into the life and culture of the late 1800 s Engaging characters and brilliant, life like landscapes This is a must read for those who like classical literature.