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The Color Purple Paperback – 17 Jun 2000

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Women's Press Ltd; New edition edition (10 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704346664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704346666
  • Package Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 723,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A genuinely mind-expanding book. (Patrick Ness GUARDIAN)

She is one of the most gifted writers in her country (Isabel Allende)

The Color Purple is a work to stand beside literature for any time and any place. It needs no category other than the fact that it is superb (Rita Mae Brown)

The Color Purple is a lush celebration of all that it means to be female, to be a black female and like the best of celebrations, it is an honest one. Alice Walker's honesty in this book is combative, relentless and redemptive. It is from this honesty that bitterness emerges, and yet the bitterness never blights the encompassing humanity of Walker's vision.I love that The Color Purple doesn't try to soften its blows but is also courageous enough to hold on to a wonderfully affirming faith in possibility, in forgiveness and kindness and hope. (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

The great irony about The Color Purple is that it transcends colour. To do that you have to be a magician or a genius. This book works on all levels, the political, the historical, the personal, the emotional, the spiritual . . . Not a word is wasted, every breath accounted for. We all know that this is one of the greatest books of all time. (Benjamin Zephaniah)

A unique blend of serenity and immediacy that makes your senses ache (Helen Dunmore)

Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer (New York Times)

A fable for the modern world (Washington Post)

A stunning, brilliantly conceived book . . . a saga filled with joy and pain, humor and bitterness, and an array of characters who live, breathe and illuminate the world of black women (Publishers Weekly)

One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read ... it is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful (Lenny Henry) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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The classic, Pulitzer-Prize winning novel from Alice Walker --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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I have been meaning to read this book for so so so long... I mean, it's a classic so obviously, I have seen it absolutely everywhere and loads of people have been telling me to read it - but with my already-massive TBR pile, I knew it would be a while until I got to it. BUT THEN... I had to read it for university, so The Color Purple got bumped up to the very top of my reading list. And because it was for university, that's why there are all of the different coloured tabs in my book. Each coloured tab represents a different theme throughout the book. Anyway! Let's get into the review!

Set in rural Georgia, The Color Purple focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. Fourteen-year-old Celie is being abused by her father; she is impregnated and then her babies are stolen away from her. Her sister, Nettie is the only support that Celie has in her miserable life, but she would never dream of standing up for herself because of the consequences.

Then, one day she is sent off to marry Mr. _______, who beats her into doing what he says. With Nettie no longer there to help Celie through the pain, she starts to think that life is impossible. Then, one day Shug Avery comes to town and gives Celie a glimmer of hope...

Wow. Just wow. This book was just... Amazing. How have I not read this already? It is a very hard book to read because of the issues that Walker portrays throughout the novel such as rape and domestic abuse but Walker creates these characters that have so much depth to them, so much love and hurt.
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'The Color Purple' is the story of Celie, a young girl who is mistreated by her father and then married off to a man who also mistreats her. As Celie grows into womanhood, she writes to God and her sister, Nettie as she tries to find her place in a family who do not want her, as Celie fights for survival, acceptance and learns to love herself for who she is.

I have read 'The Color Purple' a few times through the years and I have always enjoyed it.

The story of Celie is a story of strength,courage, family and friendship. All of the characters are well written, I especially liked Celie & Shug's relationship, two very different women who find love with each other.

I love how the story is told through letters and you see Celie's writing skills improve, you see her changing, you see how her world is changing and what she wants from her life, how she is willing to fight for her life.

The ending always brings a tear to my eye.
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a must buy for any reader a beautiful book that will make you laugh and cry. so gripping i couldn't put it down.
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Written in a phonetic style I had been wanting to read this since I was 12. Well worth the wait. Sad, emotional, funny, heartbreaking and well observed. Walker forces you to se the world through Celie's eyes and its a sad but uplifting view. Wonderful
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Daughters A Level text
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Difficult to read (or possibly uncomfortable is a better word). A searing indictment of the abuse that is sometimes, even today, allowed space in the minds, mostly, of men
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Read this book before it became a film. Had to have it as part of my kindle library.
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Good read, recognized characters from film, would recommend anyone to see film.
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