The Color Purple
Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous ...more
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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
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
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
It took me a while to get into reading this book, and to learn to love each character, but by the end I was so emotionally invested I couldn't believe I wasn't sure about the story at first. The minute I closed the book, I was struck by the urge to cry. The story was absolutely beautiful, and Celie in general was an incredible character. Absolutely a book that I adored.
I’ve had The Color Purple on my TBR list for a long, long time. I had had it on my kindle for almost 2 whole years prior to me reading it. But, I’m a mood reader and I wait for the book to call to me. I started it, put it on hold while I did a couple buddy reads and finally got around to finishing it.
There was only one thing in the whole book that bothered me and it was the character that is consistently referred to as Mr.____. Throughout the whole book his last name is omitted and I still don’t ...more
“Well sometime Mr._____ git on me pr...more
“It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.”
- Henrik Ibsen
The African village Natie visits in this book had this ritual where members are initiated to community though facial scarring. Something easily accepted by most villagers, but with which embarrasses a more conscious Tashi:
“ Tashi is, unfortunately, ashamed of these scars on her face, and now hardly ever raises her head.”
It is a novel about people reacting to very similar scars given to them by s ...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
I chose to read them all on my own. But I think The Color Purple was the one I had chosen for the purpose of the class.
We also watched t ...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.
Sure, the maids in Jackson, Mississippi, have it bad. It take ...more
Iako sam film pogledao sigurno bar deset puta, Celiena priča me je opet dirnula ko da sam je čuo prvi put.
Ovo je pravi mali dragulj koji bi svako trebao da pročita.
Seriously this novel is everything and so much more. It touches on so many different ways of oppression and relationships it is impressive. Choosing letters to tell the story gives her the opportunity to show the differences in life and education between the two sisters.
The pace is rather slow and listening to it narrated by the author added to my experience of the story.
It was hard to hear of all the things the characters had to en ...more
It's pro woman in the same way its contemporary Handmaid's Tale is. Neither book i ...more
What a sad and splendid book. The Color Purple tells the tale of 20 year ...more
The violence, abuse and injustice in the book are scarring! There is no redemption possible from a lot of what happens and keeps happening, the systematic domination of black women ...more
Sometimes I pick up award winning books and am utterly puzzled by how anyone felt they were worthy of that type of prestige and attention. Other times, I pick up award winning books, such as this one, and know right away that it will be a memorable and thoroughly satisfying read.
Epistolary novels can often make it more difficult for the reader to become fully engaged and attached to the characters, but through Celie's letters to God and later her sister, ...more
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