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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
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Historical Fiction, Novels/Novellas

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The Color Purple by Alice Walker (1982)

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This well known novel packs a powerful punch. The story is told to us entirely through the narration and letters written by and to Celie, an African-American girl who comes of age in the South at the turn of the century. It follows Celie's life from the time she is 19 and married off by her abusive father (who she has secretly had 2 children by). The story how Celie manages to grow and eventually triumph as a person despite all that happens to her and all that she is lacking at the beginning of the story. Many people--good and bad--come into her life but the ones who are good teach her and help her tremendously. Abuse, sexuality, religion, faith, and family relationships are all explored and some of the experiences Celie has are so extraordinary and powerful they (and she) will linger with the reader long after the book is put down. The illuminating thing is that these experiences are not so out of the ordinary when considered in the context of what many American women of color experienced during this time. Definitely a powerful book that should be read and talked about. ( )
  debs4jc | Apr 10, 2015 |
A beautiful book written by a beautiful woman. ( )
  HelenBaker | Mar 19, 2015 |
I felt the same awe at rereading this wonderful book as I did when I first read it so many years ago. The same social issues are still prevalent today: child and domestic abuse, racial discrimination, women's struggle for equality, and homosexuality. It is a story of love overcoming the misery and ignorance existing in our world. I closed the book with a heavy heart knowing we have such a long way to go before becoming a just society, yet, at the same time, thanking Alice Walker for showing us that it is through the love, the goodness ,and the inner strength of characters like Celie that we will one day come of age. ( )
  Murielle_Cyr | Feb 28, 2015 |
I can't believe I haven't read this book until now. I loved everything about it, especially the way it was written in the style of a journal. Using the African American southern dialect made it even more interesting. It's hard to imagine why this book could be banned or even considered controversial. ( )
  Mimiyoyo | Feb 23, 2015 |
Read a while ago when the movie came out. I remember that it made me cry. ( )
  sturlington | Feb 16, 2015 |
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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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Dam, Irma vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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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