Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Color Purple by Alice Walker

Color Purple (original 1982; edition 2003)

by Alice Walker

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
12,924226177 (4.12)419
Title:Color Purple
Authors:Alice Walker
Info:Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (2003), Edition: Later Printing, Paperback
Collections:Your library

Work details

The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

1980s (35)
Read (46)

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 419 mentions

English (219)  Swedish (2)  Vietnamese (1)  Hungarian (1)  German (1)  Dutch (1)  Italian (1)  All languages (226)
Showing 1-5 of 219 (next | show all)
Un libro che tutti dovremmo leggere! ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
I went into this book because i needed something to read and had nothing else. I ended up finishing it in 3 days and loved it! While I know it is a considered a classic and I have seen the movie I was pleasantly surprised by my level of enjoyment with the book. I will be reading again.
  mholton | Jul 19, 2016 |
This book tells the story of two African-American women: Nettie, a missionary in Africa and Celie, a child-wife living in the South in 1930's Georgia. They correspond with letters which Celie begins 'Dear God'. Celie is in a brutal marriage and separated from her sister......with their faith in each other they survive in this wonderful novel. ( )
  mazda502001 | Jun 21, 2016 |
Formulaic and boring. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Fourteen-year-old Celie is raped by her stepfather and by the time she is married off has given birth to two children who have been taken away from her. Her new marriage does not better her situation, she is just there to serve his needs and take care of the children of his first wife. Celie gets by through writing letters to God. In turn, her younger sister who is taken in by missionaries, ends up in Africa and writes to Celie, but Celie doesn't see those letters for years as her husband hides them. Visiting them often is 'Shug Avery', her husbands mistress and only love. As the two get to know each other, Shug becomes Celie's friend, and then her lover. Celie finds out how her real father died, being lynched by a white mob jealous of his business success. As Celie rises above the abuse and prejudice she has suffered she finds her voice, a new career, self-esteem, and finally, reclaims her sister and her children. Wonderfully told, I can see how this book was ground breaking. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | May 20, 2016 |
Showing 1-5 of 219 (next | show all)
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

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Walker, Aliceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dam, Irma vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Juva, KerstiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
"Show me how to do like you. Show how to do it." -Stevie Wonder
To the Spirit:
Without whose assistance
Neither this book
Nor I
Would have been
First words
You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy.
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original language
Information from the Dutch Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
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."
Haiku summary
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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:51 -0400)

(see all 7 descriptions)

Set in the deep American South, The color purple is the story of Celie, a young black girl born into extreme poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she is then given by him to a violent man. Later she meets Shug Avery, a glamorous singer, who gives her the courage to take charge of her life.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 11 descriptions

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
218 avail.
200 wanted
4 pay7 pay

Popular covers


Average: (4.12)
0.5 4
1 36
1.5 9
2 107
2.5 32
3 532
3.5 128
4 1303
4.5 156
5 1349


4 editions of this book were published by Audible.com.

See editions

Recorded Books

An edition of this book was published by Recorded Books.

» Publisher information page

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 108,307,576 books! | Top bar: Always visible