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Third Life Of Grange Copeland

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  2,584 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Alice Walker's first book recounts the lives of three generations growing up in Georgia, where the author herself grew up.

Grange Copeland is a black tenant farmer who is forced to leave his land and family in search of a better future. He heads North but discovers that the racism and poverty he experienced in the South are, in fact, everywhere. When he returns to Georgia
Paperback, 318 pages
Published September 16th 2004 by Orion Publishing (first published 1970)
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Paige Farmer
Jun 27, 2012 Paige Farmer rated it it was amazing
While I am a die hard fan of The Color Purple, some years ago I stumbled upon this lesser known, yet equally as moving novel by Alice Walker. The Third Life of Grange Copeland gives a realistic glimpse into life as a black man in the early to mid twentieth century, chronicling the inevitable personal and societal changes that come with maturity, wisdom and time. Grange is a man with deep flaws and Ms. Walker's story telling leads the reader through a series of emotions toward him, ranging from s ...more
May 08, 2008 Jeff rated it it was amazing
Love it, love it. It's not like Alice Walker's later books, after she fell under the spell of Carl Jung. More simple, more homespun, same soul. One of my favorites of her books.
Apr 07, 2014 Trina rated it it was amazing
Better than The Color Purple, Walker's first novel is staunchly feminist (in a completely modern human rights kind of way), with a startlingly transparent look into the male characters' motives and perspective on domestic violence. That the reader comes to love such a hateful character as Grange Copeland and feels hope and anger and sorrow and pity for another (who did some truly diabolical things that made me gasp) is testament to Walker's huge talent. This story, while packed with important so ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
An enlightening book about violence within the black community in the deep south mainly by men against their own families. The men are so angry at their unfair position in society that they take it out on their wives and children and then in turn blame it on their treatment at the hands of white people.

At the beginning of the book Grange is married with a young son, Brownfield. The family lead a miserable, poor existence with Grange barely acknowledging his son and frittering away what little m
Nov 03, 2007 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is the best Alice Walker fiction book I ever read. Yes, I have read The Color Purple. I have seen the movie, I have seen the musical. This book is better.
I read it a long time ago so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. I will say this. She goes into each character and makes you see them. She moves the story along nicely as well. I am person who loves details and writings like paintings and that is what this was.
I plan to re-read it in the near future.
Margaret Carmel
Feb 01, 2015 Margaret Carmel rated it really liked it
While I have wanted to read Alice Walker for awhile now, I hadn't gotten around to it until I was assigned this book in my Contemporary Black Women Writers Class.

I was immediately pulled in by her simple, yet moving language. Walker tells dark and twisted stories of the black experience effortless, almost to the point where startling events would take me by surprise. I often found myself going back to reread passages to ensure that I what I thought I read did in fact happen.

While many of her s
F. Haywood Glenn
Dec 16, 2009 F. Haywood Glenn rated it really liked it
I read The Third Life of Grange Copeland years ago and its message still resonates today. A moving story that explains the origins and continued cycle of violence in the black family. If I remember correctly, it was three generations of an African American family in the “Jim Crow” south that are plagued by violence. Walker story traces the violence from the black man emaciated by racism while his wife is allowed to make a meager living. She essentially supports the family while her husband is no ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Madeleine rated it it was amazing
My husband and I read this together, kinda completely by accident.! It was just so interesting when I began to read it, in the first chapter, I asked if he wanted to hear it, and next thing we knew we read the whole book. Alice Walker possesses a beautiful ability with finding the right ways, in the framing of one sentence, to showcase a person's character, their personality, the essence of the soul and the way they fit within a culture. But that's not all that this book is about. This book is a ...more
Daphne Walker
Mar 11, 2016 Daphne Walker rated it it was amazing
Let me begin (and maybe end) with this "Alice Walker writes with honesty, truth and dignity". Now this story is not only about Grange Copeland, but in a way it is about black families and communities during that time, and unfortunately now. Little has changed. She does not describe or tell us there is racism, or oppression she allows us to experience it and feel it for ourselves through her characters. She vividly describes the 'absent father' in society without hitting us over the head or makin ...more
Emily Rosenbaum
Feb 21, 2015 Emily Rosenbaum rated it really liked it
Walker's writing is not as mature as in her later works, but this book is just so powerful. Grange Copeland--product of a society that emasculates black men--creates a tragic legacy in his son, Brownfield. The chapter after Brownfield marries is one of the most intensely emotional things I've ever read. The book shows Grange's redemption through his granddaughter. Walker's indictment of Southern society is embodied in the struggles of three generations of a family that finally is able to overcom ...more
Lorrie Savoy
Very well-written, truthful, and deeply disturbing. For all it's compelling story, I can't say I like it, or imagine who I recommend it to. I can understand why some people find The Color Purple too happy at the end, but this book has so little hope. As I said, it's truthful, but seems so slanted towards the negative that any moment of life, satisfaction, joy, even contentedness as not allowed. Bleak.
Jun 21, 2010 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is well written, has beautiful character development, and the settings are very realistic. Alice Walker is definitely due her props. With this said, it was way too violent for me. I understand that the violence went with the character development, however it was difficult to read.
Mar 26, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
I read this book for my English class, it's not something I would normally read but it was so good I read it in four days. This book discussed harsh violence of the black people in the south. Especially the wives, the violence from their husbands and the white men
Jun 24, 2015 Lulu rated it it was amazing
I loved every moment of this book.
Nov 21, 2007 Patricia rated it it was amazing
A book about redemption and looking forward. Deep book with fleshed out characters.
Jan 08, 2017 TeriC rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure I would like this book but was hooked at the second page. What an amazing look look into the lives of blacks in the south. Amazing and sad!
Nov 30, 2016 Coco rated it it was amazing
I won't ever reread this book, but I will remember it for the rest of my life.
Jan 10, 2017 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorites and I'm ready to read it again.
Cedeirdre S. Freeman
Perfect read

Painful truths are what Ms. Walker gives. I love and hate some of the characters. Men and women with strengths so tangible it's like you've met them before. She along with Zora and Toni will forever be my favorite writers because they have given me the courage to face my fears like the warrior I am.
Linda Sonna
Jan 08, 2017 Linda Sonna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How did I miss this book?

Walker truly is a genius. A very disturbing but eminently worthwhile read! It should be required reading for all Americans.
Jul 23, 2007 Sondang rated it it was amazing
his a story of the lives of three generations of a black family living in Georgia. Grange - his son Brownfield - his grandaughter Ruth. Grange adalah seorang kulit hitam yang -seperti kulit hitam pada masa itu- hidup di bawah tekanan kulit putih. Alice Walker menggambarkan dengan begitu hidup bagaimana cara berpikir dan motivasi dari tindakan setiap orang. (astaga, sekali lagi, giling deh cara dia mendeskripsikan orang. No shallow character at all. Maksudku, ada karakter yang dangkal, tapi bener ...more
Kendra Mack
Aug 27, 2014 Kendra Mack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Startlingly Poignant Look...

Alice Walker's The Third Life of Grange Copeland, was a startlingly poignant read. Once done reading I was brought to tears and rendered speechless. I was overwhelmed with thoughts, and revelations past and present. I hadn't previously put everything I had experienced personally (as a African-American woman), with all that I read in the history books, researched, and newly acquired information, as well the stories and memories from family together. Everything seemed
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Apr 18, 2014 Alex rated it liked it
While I have not been exposed to Alice Walker, some weeks ago I stumbled upon this lesser known, yet equally as moving novel. The Third Life of Grange Copeland gives a realistic glimpse into life as a black man in the early to mid twentieth century, chronicling the inevitable personal and societal changes that come with maturity, wisdom and time. Grange is a man with deep flaws and Ms. Walker's story telling leads the reader through a series of emotions toward him, ranging from sorrow to anger t ...more
Feb 20, 2010 Vicky rated it really liked it
I picked this up at the library because I've never read anything by Alice Walker but I of course have heard of her. At first I wasn't sure I would finish it- it was so much like The Color Purple (in the sense that it was all about cruelty to women and children. I never read it, but saw the movie). But it was a good book. And it meant more to me after I read the Afterword by the author. I like knowing the context in which a book was written- and it interested me that this book was written in the ...more
Aug 25, 2007 sydney rated it liked it
This is Alice Walker's first novel. It's pretty good. It follows three generations of Copelands, but focuses mostly on Grange and his son, Brownfield, both of whom grow up to be abusive, murderous alcoholics.

Walker does a good job of avoiding two-dimensional portraits. All of the characters are complex and carefully drawn, so you sometimes hate them at the same time that you feel compassion toward them.

There's an amazing scene where Brownfield's long-abused wife, Mem, finally stands up to him,
Aug 26, 2012 Tyler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: This book tells the story of Grange Copeland, his wife, his son Brownfield and his granddaughter Ruth. Set in Baker County, Georgia in the early 20th century, the black people that work in the fields are virtual slaves as they are encumbered with debts to the white landowners that they'll never be able to repay. Grange heads north looking for a better life and while he's gone Brownfield ends up marrying and killing his wife, landing in prison. Grange returns and tries to turn his life ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Sherese rated it really liked it
This has to be one of the most depressing and sad, yet poetic and beautifully written novels of all time. The afterword from Alice Walker is very poignant and moving shedding light on the personal experiences that lead her to write this moving portrayal of the life of a poor black man (and his family) during the 1930's in America under the sharecropping system which was really just an extension of slavery.

This is an absolute must read in my opinion and I'm thoroughly shocked that I never heard o
Carolyn Russett
Apr 20, 2016 Carolyn Russett rated it liked it
I would give this three 1/2 stars. Grange copeland is a black tenant farmer in Georgia. Despondent over the futility of life in the south, he leaves his wife and son to head north. Life isn't what he expected there either, and ends up coming back to Georgia to try and right some things he has done wrong. He returns to his where is son is grown, married, with children, and just in time to help raise his granddaughter after his son is sent to jail for killing his wife. It is a disturbing book abou ...more
Apr 21, 2009 Ruth rated it liked it
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Alice Walker, one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessi ...more
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