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The Color Purple
September 2, 2014
This is a story told in diary form (actually letters, many to God) of the life of a young girl who has suffered and continues to suffer abuse and from the effects of discrimination, prejudice, and poverty. Through the book spanning years of her life, she gradually grows to become more self-aware, and to find a semblance of peace with life and with the people around her. Probably most touching is the development of her relationship with Shug, a woman with a strong character and strong will who takes to Celie, loves her, and shows her her value when no one has done that for Celie before. There is a palpable sense of relief and of opening up when Shug truly enters Celie's life.
This book is obviously a modern American classic, and I can't argue with its place in that canon. I do find the letter style of the novel a little hard to get into, but otherwise, the novel is illuminating and awakening for readers and a must-read.