Date: June 20 @ 6:45 pm
Followed by supper in the dining room at 8-15pm
Thursday, 20th June 2019: The Awakening by Kate Chopin
“The voice of the sea is seductive… inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude.”
Kate Chopin’s short, beautifully written, novel is set in New Orleans and the Southern Louisiana coast at the end of the nineteenth century. The plot centres on a young, married woman, Edna Pontellier, and her struggle to reconcile her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood with the prevailing social attitudes of the turn-of-the-century American South. It is one of the earliest American novels to focus on women’s issues and when it was first published in 1899, it was widely condemned as vulgar and immoral. These days it is seen as a landmark work of early feminism and regarded as an American classic.