The Awakening by Kate Chopin (A book I forgot to recommend)

by |October 20, 2010

I have recommended this book to so many readers I can’t believe I have forgotten to do so here on this blog. They all loved it and so will you. Read it. Why? A taste:

“She says queer things sometimes in a bantering way that you don’t notice at the time and you find yourself thinking about afterward.”

“For instance?”

“Well, for instance, when I left her today, she put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades, to see if my wings were strong, she said. ‘The bird that would soar above the level plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings. It is a sad spectacle to see the weaklings bruised, exhausted, fluttering back to earth.’”


She was fond of her children in an uneven, impulsive way. She would sometimes gather them passionately to her heart; she would sometimes forget them. The year before they had spent part of the summer with their grandmother Pontellier in Iberville. Feeling secure regarding their happiness and welfare, she did not miss them except with an occasional intense longing. Their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself. It seemed to free her of a responsibility which she had blindly assumed and for which Fate had not fitted her.


She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • Erin

    October 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve been looking for classics I might enjoy, and this one sounds like it would fit the bill! I rather like that you’re confident the book will sell itself, without much prompting from you, I’d say it has.

    • October 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm

      It is a seductive book. Easy to read. Intelligent and compelling. Beautiful, is the best word to describe it. It looks into the heart and mind and does not flinch when what it finds baffles expectation.

  • October 21, 2010 at 12:09 am

    I read it at university and absolutely loved it also and I’m not usually too fond of classics! 🙂

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