Monthly Archives: November 2019

The Awakening

The Awakening  by Kate Chopin

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

“The Awakening shocked turn-of-the-century readers with its forthright treatment of sex and suicide. Departing from literary convention, Kate Chopin failed to condemn her heroine’s desire for an affair with the son of a Louisiana resort owner, whom she meets on vacation. The power of sensuality, the delusion of ecstatic love, and the solitude that accompanies the trappings of middle- and upper-class life are the themes of this now-classic novel.” – As Kay Gibbons points out, Chopin “was writing American realism before most Americans could bear to hear that they were living it.”

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The Indiscreet Letter

The Indiscreet Letter by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

The Indiscreet Letter by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

Eleanor Hallowell Abbott’s The Indiscreet Letter finds three fellow travelers on a train who enter into a discussion concerning what they would call an ‘indiscreet letter.’ The discussion produces some rather interesting revelations during the journey and at journey’s end.

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Vixen – Volume 2

Vixen - Volume 2 by M. E. Braddon

Vixen – Volume 2 by M. E. Braddon

This is an exquisite and heartbreaking love story. Violet Tempest and Roderick Vawdrey, otherwise known to each other as Vixen and Rorie, are childhood sweethearts. However, Rorie’s family wants him to marry elsewhere. You may think it is the old story all over again, but nothing in this novel is what it seems. It is far too realistic for that. Many books talk about falling in love. This book starts after that stage, and speaks about the harder stage of a relationship: loving earnestly but understanding that love – even in the truest and purest sense – is not everything in life. There are duties to fulfil, and they might have nothing to do with love. Family life plays a large role in this novel, and it is not always warm and good. Many of the characters are strong and complicated. The novel has some feminist ideas, but they have boundaries, and are presented side by side with the conventional ideas of the times. But the signs of change are there… loud and clear.

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