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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple (original 1982; edition 2010)

by Alice Walker (Author)

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Title:The Color Purple
Authors:Alice Walker (Author)
Info:Phoenix. 1 Paperback(s) (2010)
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

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This book is incredible and I think everyone should read it. However, I don't think it is very enjoyable to read. It deals with a lot of very heavy subjects, though it does have a somewhat hopeful ending. I highly recommend it. ( )
  queenofthebobs | Aug 5, 2019 |
This is an epistolary novel with letters written by Celie, to God, asking about her condition. The story takes place in rural Georgia from about 1900-1936. African-Americans weren't officially slaves anymore, but times were tough and things for women really hadn't changed too much. The book focuses on growth, change, redemption and forgiveness. Very graphic as to both physical and sexual abuse. A very moving book. The title of the book comes from a line near the ends of the book, "God gets pissed when you walk by a flower and don't notice it's beauty." (It was a field of purple flowers) 295 pages ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Jul 27, 2019 |
Purple is the colour that Cellie chose when she had the means of earning money herself and no longer slave to any man. It signifies empowerment. Not only did Cellie become independent, but she also became friends with her husband Mister, which I find rather touching, though quite incredulous. ( )
  siok | Jul 21, 2019 |
Can we talk for a minute about how this is one of the most brilliant books I've ever read? Immediate love. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
One of the 20th Century's greatest novels, great novel of any century. Walker seems to be influenced by Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, except that the main character Celie is imprisoned physically by her abusive husband, and must travel in her mind and through letters of traveling sister who returns to Africa. Eventually, Celie eventually gets help and emerges as a confident person who starts a pants factory. So, the novel is both an African-American and Women's Liberation novel. Made in to a movie by Steven Spielberg. ( )
  atufft | Jul 4, 2019 |
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Walker accomplishes a rare thing: She makes an epistolary novel work without veering into preciousness. Rather, Celie's full-bodied voice emerges, a moody and honest voice, in an inherently intimate literary form.
Without doubt, Alice Walker's latest novel is her most impressive. No mean accomplishment, since her previous books - which, in addition to several collections of poetry and two collections of short stories, include two novels ("The Third Life of Grange Copeland" and "Medridian") - have elicited almost unanimous praise for Miss Walker as a lavishly gifted writer

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Tells the story of two African-American sisters: Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a child-wife living in the south, in the medium of their letters to each other and in Celie's case, the desperate letters she begins, "Dear God."
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A woman's tale
on the politics of black
Georgia, 1930s, grit, faith
survival - told from the heart

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0671727796, Mass Market Paperback)

Winner of the National Book Award as well as the Pulitzer Prize, "The Color Purple" established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. Her unforgettable portrait of Celie and her friends, family, and lovers is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, "The Color Purple" is a classic of American literature.

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As a young, black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. She survives the brutality of incest before being married off to "Mr.," who routinely abuses her both physically and emotionally. Eventually, Celie develops a deep bond with her husband's mistress Shug, and it is through this relationship that she understands she is a woman capable of being loved and respected.

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