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1.0 out of 5 stars A womanist Triumph!, 7 April 2005
This review is from: The Color Purple (Paperback)
'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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Initial post: 9 Oct 2008 22:34:03 BDT
A. Baker says:
So... why 1 star?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2011 17:44:55 GMT
Justix says:
yes please change your rating if you like it....it distorts the whole viewpoint and deserves better!

Posted on 1 Sep 2012 17:42:59 BDT
J. Munroe says:
Please change your star rating, your written review doesn't match with the one star you have given this novel.

Posted on 26 Feb 2014 14:12:36 GMT
Peter says:
This one star rating text is identical to a five star rating on the same review page. Some mistake surely?
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