I read The Awakening, by Kate Chopin for my Advanced Placement Literature class. I was intent on reading it for understanding, because I have a tendency to drift off when I am reading books that I don’t enjoy. I tried to do this by taking a lot of notes in the margins and highlighting important lines, but this book is far from entertaining. This is my biggest complaint of the book: it was extremely boring. There was next to no plot action. I had to fight off sleep as I read it, but I usually gave in because I could not stay awake while reading this book. Sure, it is considered to be great literature, but I don’t see how a dreadfully boring book can be called great literature. I think the first thing a book must be is entertaining enough to at least make the reader want to continue. Think Frankenstein, Beloved, or Lord of the Flies, or pretty much any other book regarded as great literature. Almost all of them can at least hold the reader’s attention.
The book follows the main character, Edna, who goes through big changes in her life. She leaves her family, and chases other men, all because she was awakened to how much she didn’t enjoy her family life. However, I felt no connection to Edna and at the end when she walked out into the lake I hoped she would drown and die. And surely, I pumped my fist in celebration when she did.
I recommend this book to insomniacs (it will surely put them to sleep) and to criminals and my worst enemies (I highly doubt they will be able to get any personal pleasure out of reading it). For the sake of all that is good, do not read this awful book.
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