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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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Mar 11, 2010

it was amazing
Read from March 10 to 11, 2010

Alice Walker's tale of two African American sisters seperated by spite, distance and time is riveting and beautifully told, sometimes reading like poetry.

Although this is an account of main character Celie's life of hardship, poverty, lonliness, and abuse at the hands of different men in her life, this is really a tale about love and how love can see you through all of that. It is at times, sad, funny, poignant and heartbreaking, but in the end, you are left smiling.

Although the novel is written in a heavy dialect, you quickly catch on and immediately love Celie. She is a great representation of the human struggle with the mysteries and contradications of God, love, pain, betrayal, triumph and finally, life itself. I especially admired Celie because of her unknown strength. Every time she was knocked down, hurt or disappointed in life, she found a reserve of strength she didn't know she had, which always pulled her through to see another day and eventually a better life.

But another character (who almost stole the show) I greatly loved was Shug Avery, who Celie comes to not only respect, but love deeply. Shug was a great vessel of womanly strength, sass and independence. She taught Celie how to stand up for herself, enjoy womanhood, and how to enjoy life. She shared a lot of wisdon and gems with Celie:

* "All dressed up for Harpo's, smelling good and everything, but scared to look at your own pussy."

* "Why any woman give a shit what other people think is a mystery to me."

* "I believe God is everything. Everything that is or ever was or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you've found it.

This novel is a heartbreaker. It's a rock. It's the color purple in a field somewhere.
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