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This is a really interesting book.
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this was a fantastic read that truly resounds in the heart of the reader. POWERFUL!
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"You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy."So begins The Color Purple, a novel set in the deep south and told in the voice of a young black girl named Celie. Alice Walker brings Celie to life through her letters to God. Celie's words tell of unspeakable horrors - her rape at the hands of her stepfather, her marriage to an older man who beats her, the loss of almost everyone dear to her. But, then her husband's lover arrives and teaches Celie what it means to be courageous in the face of pain, and most importantly what it means to love and be loved.The Color Purple is a splendid novel full of pain and joy, tears and laughter, love and hate. It is an American Classic that should be mandatory reading for all of us.
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I rarely cry due to works of fiction, but I spent a good half of the book teary-eyed. This is a heart wrenching novel, told in the form of letters of the life of a poor African-American woman living in Georgia in the 1930s, abused and mistreated. I really can't do it justice in a short review and feel it deserves more than a long ramble, so I'd just recommend reading the book itself.
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A story about a woman's ability to survive a tramatic separation from her sister and an abusive relationship.
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Though I read this years ago, I still resonate from how good this book was.
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Alice Walker's The Color Purple, was published in 1982, and won the Pulitzer prize for fiction in 1983. Celie is an uneducated, impoverished black woman, whose private letters to God tell her life story. Celie is abused and largely disregarded as a person, first by her father and later by her husband. She manages to survive and eventually thrive, by taking just one day at a time, and finding role models for independence in other women. The female characters in The Color Purple are wonderfully drawn and compelling to follow. Celie and her lost sister Nettie, Shug Avery, and of course Sofia, are examples of the strength of women persevering and refusing to become victims of their tragic circumstances. The character development in these women, and much later in Mr. _____/Albert, is simply excellent, especially when considering that it takes place in letter-format, in a book that is less than 300 pages. Alice Walker's writing is engaging. From the distinctive vernacular in Celie's letters, to the captivating prose, The Color Purple is a true masterpiece of literary fiction. The novel is incomparable to anything I've ever read before, and delivers an emotional "kick" that I'm sure will stay with me for a long time to come. I swear I must have gone through half a box of Kleenex reading this book!As an epistolary novel, The Color Purple is difficult to review without giving away the details that make it such a powerful piece of fiction. As far as answering the critical question, "Should you read this book?" My answer is yes. The Color Purple is one of those contemporary classics that everyone should experience once in a lifetime. Before picking it up however, know that the subject matter can be extremely difficult at times, and is not really suitable for young children to read.
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A heartbreaking an moving story. It will make you cry. A must read!
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The book is a series of letters mainly by the main character, Celie. At first she addressed her letters to God cuz there ain't nobody else. She writes of her miserable non-existent life; she wrote that her life was worse than being buried. From being sexually abused by her father, she passed on to a loveless marriage - but her whole life is work work work. The book explores her relationship with her sister, her husband (almost non-existent to begin with), her son, her daughter in law, her husband's mistress and through this relationships, contrasts her character, her take on life and her learning of life.The language employed was amazing. I got right into it though it does get some getting used to. It got me to reflect that whilst I can empathise with Celie on some parts of life, I am ever more thankful for things I have that she's missed out on. Life is not something to be taken for granted, it is something that we need to fight for, to make it as we will.
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Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, and told in letters, this is the life story of Celie, a young black woman, and the abuses and hardships she suffers.I probably read this after the movie came out. It is an incredibly affecting book, which makes clear the hardships for black women living in the South. The scene where the two sisters are reunited moves me to tears.The color purple is continually equated with suffering and pain in the book, but also the color of beauty and the unattainable. It is an important symbol in the book.Read in the late 1980s.
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