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The Color Purple

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A book by Alice Walker

Novel by Alice Walker, published in 1982. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. A feminist novel about an abused and uneducated black woman's struggle for empowerment, the novel was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its eloquent use of … see full wiki

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Author: Alice Walker
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Mariner Books
1 review about The Color Purple

Inspirational read for woman

  • Nov 24, 2005
Rating:
+5
I had read and seen the movie of this book numbers of times. 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 until we have conquered racism, prejudice, and social injustice and created a world where all are free, black and white, male and female, and there is an 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 one of my top ten favorite books of all time! I can hardly wait for my daughter to come of age so I can pass it on to her! Celie is a true testament of perseverance, courage, faith and eventually triumph. Ms. Walker allows the reader to look at life through Celie's and the other characters eyes and share their experiences. She doesn't present the reader with a stereotype; she just presents the facts for the story. My vision was never clouded by her view of things; rather it was enhanced by what she noticed these characters telling her.
I would recommend this novel for mature readers. There is some foul language and many references to sex, homosexuality, and rape. However, these are the elements that give the novel the impact it has on the reader. Overall, this book is extraordinary and everyone should make time to read it, but those who are offended by honesty should stay away.

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