The Color Purple
Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she’s badly treated by her family. As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much t ...more
And I award this 5 stars, symbolica ...more
I read The Colour Purple in my early teens, was traumatized by the graphic abuse portrayed, and vowed to never read it again. I was curious about why so many of my GR friends rated it so highly and was eventually convinced to give it another go.
Years after my first read, I still (of course) have the same visceral reaction to the abuse but that no longer blinds me from seeing the magnificence of Alice Walker’s storytelling, and how she brings her characters to life.
Celie is the protagonist of the ...more
If you look up 'purpling', you will find both a transformation and an act of love, the latter grounded in g ...more
First thing I should mention: This is not the book for you if you object to blunt language about sexuality, and strong language in general. The themes in this one are very real, and very shocking. However, if you can get past that, the story does offer some very touching moments.
The story, in a nutshell: Celie, a poor black girl living in Georgia, overcomes poverty, sexual o ...more
“Well sometime Mr._____ git on me pr...more
You know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket? Well...
This. Is. Not. One.
The Color Purple rips the clothes right off of your skin, leaving you bare and vulnerable. From the first freakin' moment opening the page. You are just THERE and you can't be anywhere else but THERE. Even when you're not.
Have you seen the movie? I had. I thought I was prepared. Because the movie was devastating. I remember vividly being in the house ...more
The Color Purple is a series of letters written by a poor Southern black woman, Celie, to God and her sister. Because of who she is, she's placed at the bottom rung of American society due to her race, gender, semi-literacy, and her status as a target of gruesome violence.
The writing style is controlled study in dialect. The deliberate choi ...more
La vicenda narrata in questo libro racchiude diversi temi, ciascuno dei quali propone una possibile chiave di lettura. La storia della protagonista, Celie, ha luogo nel profondo sud degli Stati Uniti, in un arco temporale che, più o meno, va dalla fine del 1800 sino agli anni '40.
E' però riduttivo individuare un'unica protagonista; in realtà la storia di Celie si intreccia con quella di molti altri personaggi, ciascuno dei quali svolge un ruolo essenziale nell'economia del romanzo.
I'll keep it brief...
Quite unsurprisingly, I once again experienced 'The Color Purple' to be a harrowing yet compelling and inspirational read. ...more
What a sad and splendid book. The Color Purple tells the tale of 20 year ...more
Sure, the maids in Jackson, Mississippi, have it bad. It take ...more
The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, a black woman who finds herself in one abusive situation after another. Her stepfather molests her, her husband beats her, and she is worn down by bearing and caring for children. Over the course of the book, however, Celie learns to stand up for herself and, more importantly, learns to love. Celie's personal development is prompted by her relationship with Shug Avery, a singer and her husband's former lover, who com ...more
“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men.”
Celie, Nettie, ...more
I honest to god read the last line of the last page, closed the book and started crying. It touched me deeply.
It will hit you, hopefully often, that gender issues, racial inequality, and privilege are fucking important to address in books, in movies, in any media, because to some people it might be all ...more
Normally, I wouldn't read a book like The Color Purple , because it's not my usual genre. Not that I don't read literary fiction books, but the themes of abuse and rape and all those things kind of make me squirm and feel general discomfort. I treat books as an escape from real life, so reading a book with several injustices isn't really my priority.
But don't get me wrong -- every now and then, I read these kinds of books, too. When I do read them, I have to admit t ...more
I can’t beleef I’s took long to read this book. But then again, books have they way of coming to your life when’s you need them most.
I first hear of The Color Purple back when’s my friends taking up class in Film and Litratur. They was made to read it before them teacher show the movee to class. Sure was curios, them says it about poor black womans with lesbian tendesis. Plus the fact that Oprah had someth ...more
I always avoided this book because I thought it would not be for me, and it might hurt my viewing of Spielberg's film version if I ever got around to watching ...more
Alice walker, as reader of the story was excellent, as well as excellent in the role of author.
She is one of the few authors who made 'good' characters believable and attractive. Ceilie is wonderful. Loved the way the story worked out into a reconcilliation of the main characters - even Miste ...more
Now, the book is written entirely in letters, and 80% of the writing is from an African-American woman, meaning it's written in the way you speak. That takes some getting used to! That being said, it's really well written, it fits the story in each and every way.
Don't let them run over you, Nettie say. You got to let them know who got the upper hand.
They got it, I say.
But she keep on, You got t ...more