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The Color Purple

The Color Purple [Kindle Edition]

Alice Walker
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The Color Purple has been read and reread by millions. Forget lilac, mauve and lavendar: this is the royal purple. (The Times)


Add this great book to your collection now. (PRIDE MAGAZINE (1 September 2004) )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (29 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753818922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753818923
  • ASIN: B006MOE1V2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,941 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A womanist triumph! 16 May 2003
'The Color Purple' is an intriguing and insightful window into the life of young Celie. Expressed in letter form we journey with Celie through the torments facing her in the deep South of America. She suffers abuse at the hands of the man she refers to as her 'Father' and the easy-to-follow letter format of the novel means that almost anyone can tap into the world of Celie. Friends described it as Feminist, though I struggled with this term. Others called it 'anti-male'. Though it is true that many traditional patriarchal images are challenged in the novel, the horrors of some of the male characters are not the main focus of the novel, nor do any of the female characters of the novel challenge to any great extent the male characters. The novel's purpose is to highlight and to celebrate the resilience and sisterhood of Women. It is a Womanist rather than feminist novel. Despite the horrors faced by Celie, Sophia and others, they endure, remain hopeful and find happiness. The seductive beauty represented by Shug Avery's cosmopolitan yet sensitive image to Celie is strangely taken on board by the reader. As for Walker's discussion of God and his/her role, the text is thought provoking without overtly challenging. The challenges that do exist are expressed through the innocence of ignorance, evoking in the readers mind questions, or even notions that one cannot help but debate later if not with others in our own minds. Do we need to go to church to have a relationship with God? God's cathartic role, and the extent to which this can be transferred to other important influences in one's life. Is the grass ever greener? The Color Purple allows a middle class lad from the UK a unique if limited window into an otherwise unknown world, unknown perspective and richly debatable content... Buy it!
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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A colourful tale... 22 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
It began with Celie. Writing letters to God. Under the strong instruction from her father never to tell anyone but God about his abuse, that is who Celie turns to.
This book is written in the form of correspondence, an exchange of letters that as often as not doesn't end up being read by the intended readers for most of a lifetime.
There is abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, pain that no one should have to go through. They go through it. Celie is a strong enough person to realise that her father might not stop with her, and feels protective of her younger sister.
'Sometime he still be looking at Nettie, but I always git in his light. Now I tell her to marry Mr. _____. I don't tell her why. I say Marry him, Nettie, an try to have one good year out your life. After that, I know she be big.'
Celie delivered children of her father, children who were cast away, presumably dead (although Celie has the intuition to know better).
Celie put up with separation from loved ones, and a loveless, unfaithful marriage, playing second-fiddle to a more flamboyant mistress, Shug Avery. And Celie was raised not to know she deserved better.
She deserved better.
Shug Avery ironically was one who helped teach her that. There was a friendship beyond words that developed, a realisation of humanity and caring beyond the abuses of the world; Shug was neglected by her father, a pain that cut her almost as deep as Celie's pain.
But Celie found out something. Alphonso, her Pa, wasn't her Pa--he was a step. The children weren't to be shunned. The worst sin was mitigated just a bit.
And Celie and Nettie found out more. The land and house belonged to them, not to 'Pa', but rather their real daddy, who left it to them and their mother.
This is a painful story. It is a hopeful story.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 5 Aug 2007
I saw the film a long time ago. I bought the book around the same time but as often happens with me, I didnt read it because I had just seen the movie and I 'knew what happened'. Then when it made it to our book group short list, and black history month was coming up, I went to look for my book, and I couldnt find it. So off I went into town to hopefully find one. I found one copy in the bookshop.

I started reading it a little half-heartedly since I wanted to read something cheerful and I really didnt remember the film being that cheerful. Anyway, I persevered, and found myself really involved in the story. I put the dvd on expecting it to be really depressing (from memory) and it was really really good. I picked the book up again, waiting for bits in the movie to take place in the book, but the book is slightly different. The general story and the outcome is the same but inbetween is fuller somehow. When I saw the film the first time, I focused on the abuse and the beatings and the miserable existence that Celie has, but that really is a small part of it compared to all the good things that happen to her in the end.

She says to her rotten wife-beating husband:

'Until you do right by me, everything you touch will crumble. Everything you even dream about will fail'

I guess that's a case of what goes around comes around because that's what happens. Treat people mean and expect to be treated the same way. Celie is nice to everyone, even the rotten husband, but in the end things do go right for her. Reading this book made me feel better about life in general. There is hope, people say nice guys finish last, but maybe they run a better race.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The color Purple
Great story , sad with many emotions of the human condition endured by the black people,
Alice Walker told the story so well using the dialect to capture the essence of the... Read more
Published 8 hours ago by sylvia harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
sorta funny, pg 72 is a clinker
Published 2 days ago by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written!
Published 7 days ago by Mandy C
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book which brings to life how it was for ...
I saw the film nearly thirty years ago and recently looked for the book for my kindle. An excellent book which brings to life how it was for women in that era.
Published 8 days ago by E. Bulpit
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the film!!!
Saw the film starring Willie Goldberg a Long time ago so decided to read the book. Well written, gritty and a good read
Published 20 days ago by julie taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club
I read this as part of a book club, and was concerned at first, as I'm not normally a fan of epistolary novels (Dracula being a notable exception). However, I really enjoyed this. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Edward Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, ageless and a work of goodness.
Have just re-read this inspirational book for the first time in over 20 years. The truth remains but I am now old enough to understand it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Finola Gow
5.0 out of 5 stars I had no idea
I often avoid books that everyone else is reading, and somehow never snuck back round to read this one. Now I have, and it is not what I expected (never saw the film either). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jill
5.0 out of 5 stars great classic
Loved it characters came alive such a classic should be in school reading list I have put it onto my child's list of must read
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Started and finished in a day, consistently engaging and some really important themes brought to light, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Gavin
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I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. &quote;
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