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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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Dec 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: multicultural-world-lit, classics, grades-10-and-up
Read in October, 2009

This story has to be a classic, it says right on the cover that it won a Pulitzer Prize. So if it doesn’t earn 5 stars, that probably says more about me than the book.

Oh well, I was confused. Not all the time, not even often. But it was hard to keep track of which Mr. _____ was which, and it wasn’t always clear who was saying what. It was also a battle to keep up with who was who’s mom or dad or cousin or lover or what-have-you.

Other than that, and the necessary warning sticker for the sex and profanity and reefer madness, this really is a great book. Alice Walker deserves every award she has earned. It’s difficult to believe anyone’s life can be so brutal, and still hold out hope. If this is what life for even one black woman was like in 20th century America – and there’s no doubt it was – then the whole world needs to know, and share in the horror and anguish and love and triumph that Walker reveals.
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