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The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple (original 1982; edition 2003)

by Alice Walker

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Title:The Color Purple
Authors:Alice Walker
Info:Harvest Books (2003), Edition: Harvest, Paperback
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The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

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As good as its reputation says it is. ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 2, 2017 |
I saw this movie several years ago and again recently. I don't recall reading the book in the past. This was a very good book. Most of the passages are in the form of letters from Celie to God. She is married to the man she only refers to as Mr. and she thinks her sister Nettie is dead. Then we get letters from Nettie to Celie as she travels to Africa. Finally Celie finds Nettie has been writing to her all along and then the letters are addressed to Nettie. The movie follows the books fairly closely. It shows a young ignorant uneducated Black girl slowly grow - with the help of friends like Shug (her husband's longtime love). Celie finally lets herself feel. Good book.
  taurus27 | Mar 29, 2017 |
Prior to reading this edition, I had read Harold Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretation's Series in 2010 borrowed from the American Library. AND, I did not like it. I abandoned the book after reading 30, maybe 40 pages. I felt embarrassed to desert a book like The Color Purple but I couldn't feel or understand what Harold Bloom had interpreted.

After 3 years, I bought myself a new copy with a cover page that I had no inkling about or couldn't predict the character it was based on! I also have the movie version of The Color Purple with a opening shot that shows two teenage girls walking through a field, one of them heavily pregnant. I had only seen about a few minutes of the movie too, because I wanted to READ the book first, before judging the movie and getting my opinions messed about this classic.

Here I am, having finished reading the book in 4 hours amid tears and a heavy heart. I don't recall reading any other book that's written in a letter format. These letters carry the seed of misery, a longing for love, freedom, and a girl's story right through her teens to her forties. Two sisters, their love and care for each other spread through unread letters and the final culmination of seeing oneself transformed into a confident woman who is affected by the magic of independence of another woman she admires. Truly beautiful in every essence, this is the symbol of sisterhood and the shared agony of three women and their circumstances.

I think, I am ready for the movie now. I know now, what I should know and think about Celie and Nettie and Shug! ( )
  Sharayu_Gangurde | Jan 19, 2017 |
I tried to read The Color Purple years ago and abandoned it after ten pages or so, not because because the writing was in any way deficient, but just because the story begins with some brutally frank scenes of child sexual abuse, and I didn't think I could stomach it. I'm really glad I returned to the novel, though, and stuck through the difficult beginning. It's a lyrical, affirmative story of two sisters who learn to find beauty and love in their lives despite enduring very difficult circumstances. The voices are vivid (it's an epistolary novel), and the novel evokes a bygone era with grace and clarity. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Re-read this book, after having read it for the first time when it first came out. The story is written in the form of letters, at first to God, then to the protagonist's sister Nettie. The vernacular language adds a lot to the tone. Good book, disturbing details, but overall a good read. ( )
  homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
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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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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."
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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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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)

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