At Fault

Th r se Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation When Th r se falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal Her determined rejection sets the two on a tumultuous path that inTh r se Lafirme, a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman, is widowed at age thirty two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation When Th r se falls in love with David Hosmer, a divorced businessman, her strong moral and religious convictions make it impossible for her to accept his marriage proposal Her determined rejection sets the two on a tumultuous path that involves Hosmer s former wife, Fanny At Fault is both romantic and filled with stark realism a love story that expands to address the complex problem of balancing personal happiness and social duty set in the post Reconstruction South against a backdrop of economic devastation and simmering racial tensions Written at the beginning of her career, At Fault parallels Chopin s own life and introduces characters and themes that appear in her later works, including The Awakening.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.
At Fault Th r se Lafirme a beautiful and resourceful Creole woman is widowed at age thirty two and left alone to run her Louisiana plantation When Th r se falls in love with David Hosmer a divorced business

  • Title: At Fault
  • Author: Kate Chopin Bernard Koloski
  • ISBN: 9780142437025
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “At Fault”

    1. Last time I read Chopin was back in high school and I have no intention of stating how long ago that was. I do remember liking her short stories. This book was the first she wrote, couldn't find a publisher so she published it herself. Post reconstruction, Louisianan, Therese finds herself a widow at a young age and in charge of a plantation. She meets Hossmer, a businessman, who will run the mill. A decision will be made that will have lasting and detrimental effect.Racial tensions, Catholic be [...]

    2. Maravillosa novela costumbrista acerca de una historia de amor imposible entre una mujer viuda y un hombre divorciado. La profunda fe en el matrimonio de ella le empuja a él a regresar con su antigua esposa en el absurdo convencimiento de que así podrá demostrarle su entereza.Grandes latifundios, plantaciones de algodón, aserraderos, porches con mecedoras Un magnífico retrato de un momento histórico duro pero a la vez hermoso en San Luis, EEUU. Y una velada crítica a las absurdas y excesi [...]

    3. A heavy-handed romance beleaguered by moralism of the worst kind, social darwinism and racism. There is some interesting cultural exposition on the plantations of Louisiana in the late 19th century, but really this story is an artifact of its times. Interesting in that sense, I suppose if you can stomach the aforementioned issues. Which makes me want to read 'The Awakening' again to see if I would find similar problems with that story (I did read it at a rather naive 18 or 19 years).

    4. Como siempre, una delicia de lectura. Kate Chopin y sus mujeres fuertes, en un Estados Unidos decimonónico, con exclavos y mucha historia.

    5. The plot is about a woman who is left in charge of a plantation and gets involved with a businessman and has to do deal with the consequences. It didn’t seem realistic to me because it took place in the 1800s and women didn’t really have rights back then. There was some racism in the book that really showed how people were treated back then because the books setting takes place in the 1800s. There were a lot of characters in the book and the main character is a catholic woman who shows a lot [...]

    6. In this Louisiana novel, published in 1890, Therese Lafirme is a young widow who is doing an able job running a plantation. David Hosmer, who runs the sawmill, falls in love with her, and she’s beginning to return his affection. But Therese is also a devout Catholic, and when she finds that David has been divorced, she persuades him that the right thing to do is to back and try again to make a life with his ex-wife. David follows this advice, remarries Fanny (who is an alcoholic) and brings he [...]

    7. again, not the edition i have. but the book's the same. right? i read this book directly after reading the awakening because that's what i do: read all books by an author (or as many as i can get my hands on) who has written one book that i really like. the edition i have is very small and square and a sky-blueish color. i remember that kate could not get anyone to publish this book because its heroin was divorced, so she published it herself and only put out 100 copies. i'm sure it put her and [...]

    8. The Awakening is my favorite book, so I may be partial to Kate Chopin's work, but I did enjoy this book all in one day. She questions conventional morality and I have great appreciation for that. Even now, this book is relevant.

    9. Um livro do seu tempo, realmente. Não envelheceu bem. Tudo acontece porque o casal de protagonistas resolve "fazer a coisa certa", o que prova ser um desastre a todos a sua volta. Interessantemente, não me pareceu pelo tom que o propósito da autora era fazer essa crítica à moralidade da época. A impressão é que a autora vê na personagem principal uma vítima do destino, e não de uma abnegação que beira à idiotice.

    10. Is the "right thing" what society dictates, or what the heart seeks? At Fault makes a case for the latter. Chopin's work was considered scandalous in her time, and it's easy to see why. Like so many works of the nineteenth century, blatant racism and classism underpin the entire story.

    11. This book is just not good. There is an amateurish quality to Kate Chopin's writing that is very obvious in this book, and unforunately never quite went away over time, even to her last book "The Awakening."The story plods along with a very dull pace. The main characters are hardly developed at all, and eventually become overshadowed by secondary characters that we are dumped upon with heaps of information. You can't like the characters because you know barely anything about them, and they are l [...]

    12. "At Fault" is really quite a disappointment after reading Chopin's more famous work "The Awakening". Having read the latter during my high school career it soon become one of my favorites; not only for the interesting story but the imagery invoked throughout the read and the depth of character development. "At Fault" sadly pales in comparison for its, quite frankly, boring plot and seemingly dull prose. The imagery, though at times descent, holds nothing to "The Awakening" and is not of a notewo [...]

    13. Not as good as The Awakening, but then, this was her first. Considering that this was written in 1890, it is quite remarkable. Set in the bayou region of Louisiana, and St. Louis, the book deals with divorce, adultery, murder, female alcoholism, racism, civil war, arson, drowning, marriage dominated by hate, and marriage filled with love. The ending is kind of corny, but I got over it because it was the end. One advantage of reading an author with such a small oeuvre is that you can have some in [...]

    14. I enjoyed this story. Early on I could pretty much tell what was going to happen (which was not the case with The Awakening), but that didn't hinder my liking of the book. I was amazed by how different the book was from The Awakening, which was written later. Even though some unfortunate events transpired, I knew it would turn out okay and I felt no remorse for those who ended badly. (I felt a sense of impending doom while reading The Awakening.) At Fault didn't give me nearly as much to think a [...]

    15. I wanted to like this book a lot because I remember liking The Awakening when I read it a long time ago. But then I thought it's not really fair to compare the two; however, even standing alone At Fault is just ok at best. I think it actually deserves two stars, but I gave it a third just because of the courage Chopin had to write and self-publish this (and I'm always about independent women doing their own thing). My major gripe with this book was the way Chopin wrote the dialogue for any perso [...]

    16. I read this book out of nostalgia for Awakening which as I recall I thought was a perfect novel. But this effort isn't nearly as interesting even as the major themes remain the same. I am drawn to the early feminist view of women holding property and running businesses. I like that women can follow their hearts even when divorce is frowned on. The writing is strong with beautiful dialect that remains consistent throughout the novel. Not enough authors can do that. I just found this a slog and no [...]

    17. This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.

    18. "At Fault" by Kate Chopin is an interesting book. Stylistically it is a child of its age, published in 1890. The characters, the plot and setting are all highly stylized, very much pre-modern. "At Fault" is the story of a love triangle complicated by the constraints of social mores and values in the rural post-reconstruction South. Chopin examines the constraints on the interior lives of women, their disillusionment, and their attempts to achieve fulfillment in pre feminist times.

    19. I have enjoyed reading Kate Chopin more because I want an insight into society during her life. I found the dialect of the servants to be heavy and difficult to go between regular conversations to the way she writes when in the servants character. The story is good and highlights the struggle between the morals of the day and what one wanted.

    20. this book was very hard to read! The story line sounded very interesting but big fancy words that I had to look up every other sentence and people talking to accents written into the book where my husband and I had no idea what they were saying. Don't waste your time.

    21. I'm a fan of Chopin's short stories and "The Awakening". I found it intriguing that Chopin chose to self publish after the novel was initially rejected. If you loved "The Awakening" and are looking for something similar, this isn't it. Turn to her short stories, she has some exceptional ones.

    22. Came across this many years after reading "The Awakening". A good read - Chopin's descriptions of the area and the bayou are excellent, you can practically feel the heat. The characters are well drawn although I find the heroine's religious fervour trying.

    23. Reading Kate Chopin for the third time, I must say that I didn't quite like this novella.I liked "The Story of an Hour," and "A Pair of Silk Stockings." "At Fault" was detailed, boring, and the characters did not have enough space for development. However, it remains an interesting read.

    24. It's filled with historically accurate conflict, sociolinguist complexity, and is a forerunner of feminist writings. I love her use of dialects and occasional French that gives the work depth. Well worth the read!

    25. Beautiful writing, complex characters and insightful look at post Civil War race relations in Louisiana. Kate Chopin should be part of the feminist canon.

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