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The Color Purple Paperback – 31 Aug 2017
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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)
The classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel with a new introductory letter from Alice Walker.See all Product description
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Here then we meet Celia who initially writes letters to God as she tries to get things off her chest, but throughout the novel we find that she starts instead to write to her sister Nettie, who has gone to Africa with a family who are missionaries, and thus we have letters from her as well. Celie and her family come from the Deep South, and thus her letters, unlike those of her sister are in the vernacular, whereas Nettie shows a higher education with her letters written as you would normally expect.
Why this novel works so well is because we read of real human characters, that despite this being in the epistolary style do seem to come fully alive. Taking in so many subjects and themes, so we read of family secrets and murder, along with sexual and physical abuse, as well as racism and many other subjects. The thing that really comes through though is arguably the determination and resilience of Celie as we see how she progresses through the ups and downs of life, thus bringing up a string of emotions in us all. What also really makes this such a great book to read is that the characters grow up, becoming more mature, recognising their faults as well as trying to improve themselves.
If I ever see Color Purple showing I will watch it with great interest just to see how it translates to the screen.
“Look at you! You’re Black, You’re Poor, You’re Ugly, You’re a Woman, you’re nothing at all”.
Celie is the main character of the book, she is invisible and silent to begin with, having a downtrodden and hard life, being abused and raped by her father and given to the evil but yet weak, Mr__________ , who also rapes her, abuses her. Celie is a slave to Mr____________’s and his children’s needs.
Shug Avery is a singer with dubious morals, a confident woman oozing sexuality. When Mr________ brings her into the household, it is his ultimate downfall as Shug helps Celie to gain confidence and independence, after hearing how Mr___________ treats her.
Nettie is Celie’s sister, she was sent away at a young age after avoiding the sexual advances of her own father and then Mr________. She joins the household of Reverand Samuel and his wife Corrine and becomes a Missionary in Africa. She finally returns to Nettie many years later with a surprise for Celie.
A lovely story, made up of letters sent from Celie to God and towards the end letters to her sister Nettie.
A powerful and thought pro-voking book, detailing the strong bonds made between the black women of that time, standing strong against male domination, and the close bonds of true family.
I had a hard time keeping up with all the characters and their relations.
I loved how Shug described god to Celie.
I found it flat how somehow Nettie and even Mr.------- (this 'name' was annoying) came to find the same wisdom at the same time at the end.
The end dedication: “I thank everybody in this book for coming. – A.W., author and medium” should send a message to any author. The characters are real, they came fully formed and that is the nature of inspiration if not genius. Thank you Alice Walker for giving me the opportunity to know and love them as you did.