The Color Purple Paperback – May 28 2003
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"Superb ... A work to stand beside literature of any time and place." -- San Francisco Chronicle
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Banner] Now a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical The Color Purple is the story of two sistersone a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the Southwho remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life. "Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer."The New York Times Book Review "Places Walker in the company of Faulkner."The Nation "Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place."San Francisco Chronicle "The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance."Newsweek "Marvelous characters . . . A story of revelation . . . One of the great books of our time."--Essence [banner] Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award [bio] Bestselling novelist Alice Walker is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, six volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Alice Walker breathes life into a young, poor, and ugly girl named Celie. Celie is an amazing character because while she has suffered more than most humans will in a life time, before she was twenty years old, she is not a victim. She is simply living her life, as she would live it any other way. She is simple yet complex, a deep character in a world of confusion.
The background and world that the story is told in reveals the time when whites ruled and blacks survived. The novel deals with racism at its core and prejudice as well, especially against women. This novel will never grow old, the story will always be fresh, because untill we have conquered racism, prejudice, and social injustice and created a world where all are free, black and white, male and female, there is a urgent need for this novel. It is as contemporary as when it was written and the message of this outstanding work is still as needed as always. This is something all of us, especially women, should take a look at. THE COLOR PURPLE will stand out as one of the top ten books of the last century.
So begins the preface by Alice Walker. It is indeed a most interesting theological journey on which Ms. Walker takes her protagonist, Celie, as she begins writing to God at age 14. Set in Georgia in the 1930s, Celie is the eldest child in a poor black family, her mammy is ill, and her father begins sexually abusing her. By the 2nd letter, her mammy is dead, and she is pregnant. This is not a pretty story but it is a thoroughly intriguing one; a story about courage and strength, relationships and estrangements, family and not family. It is the story about a connection so strong it can survive torment and hatred, distance and death. It is the story of coming to grips with who God may be and how He connects with people.
This whole story is told through letters. In the beginning, Celie writes about her life to God, partly to practice her writing since her father won't let her go to school any more as she is with child. She does her best to protect her younger sister, Nettie, from her father but when Mr. ______ , comes courting Nettie, her father refuses to let him have her; he insists Mr. ______ take Celie instead. She has borne 2 children, a boy and a girl, and both of them have disappeared. Mr. ______ treats Celie no better than her father did -- he beats her, plus she has all his children from his first wife to take care of, as well as the work in the fields to do. When Nettie tries to escape her father by coming to Celie, Mr.Read more ›
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My enjoyment of this novel was a slow build-up, but once I adjusted to Celie’s way of speech and the story moved along, I couldn’t put it down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melissa
I had very hard time following the book due to the grammar and the language used so I had to really take my time to try and understand it and keep track of who was who. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
One reads a book such as Color Purple and many things come to mind. It is a book about the struggle of black people in the US. It is a book about racism. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dks
Enthralling and full of charm; this novel is literature at its best.Published 19 months ago by Lawrence West
Weird. Do not like that I have to review books unnecessarily. It is a waste of my time and effort.Published 20 months ago by Irene Gareau