The Color Purple
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sist...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
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
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
“Well sometime Mr._____ git on me pr...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.
Sure, the maids in Jackson, Mississippi, have it bad. It take ...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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Quite unsurprisingly, I once again experienced 'The Color Purple' to be a harrowing yet compelling and inspirational read. ...more
Teve filhos com o pai.
É obrigada a casar com alguém que o pai escolhe para ela.
É afastada da irmã.
É afastada de tudo, esperando que assim vá para uma vida melhor.
Célie é das pesonagens mais fortes e corajosas que se podem ler nos livros.
Apesar de tudo por que passou e ainda passa, não perde a esperança e não perde a força e a vontade de viver.
Gostei muito desta personagem que me pareceu tanto uma pessoa da vid ...more
What a sad and splendid book. The Color Purple tells the tale of 20 year ...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
Sometimes it requires courage to write where others use metaphors or elegantly step around the subject. Sometimes it requires decency to ack ...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
Celie é uma menina de 14 que é abusada e violada pelo pai, dando origem a dois filhos, uma menina e um menino. Após essa fase de maltratos o seu corpo tornou-se infértil. Nunca mais voltou a ver os filhos.
Entretanto, é "vendida" a um marido, Mr -- (o nome dele nunca é escrito) que só a quer como doméstica.
Celie cresce a ver o mundo e ela própria governada por h ...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 have mixed feelings about the ending. (view spoiler)[On one hand, it was a happy ending, the main character have gone through a lot, so you are rooting for her. But on the other ...more
Excellent book! I think I would have been more blown away by this novel if I had read this when I was younger. This is my 2nd Alice Walker novel (from my Mom's bookshelf) of the year and I love her writing. She's def one of the greats! I know everyone loooves Celie, but my favorite character is Nettie. I quite enjoyed the Celie/Shug lesbian love story and sisterhood. I could have done without the excessive Olinka/Africa stories from Nettie as she wrot ...more
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