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
And I award this 5 stars, symbolica ...more
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
And yet, she is one of the strongest characters I have ever met in literature. Long before women began speaking up about their different experiences in the #metoo movement, Alice Walker's Celie and her sisters resist the violence and power of the men around them and go on living through the pain and frustration, only to find life worth fighting for i ...more
The colour purple was devastating from page one. I started reading this without knowing much about it. I knew it had a POC main character, heard that it was about women's rights and about abuse. I heard it was a great book. But I still did not expect this.
The main character's life is miserable. I still don't understand how she made it through to a certain point, because if it were me i ...more
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple
From the time I first read this book (I have read this many times), it has been a favorite. Walker has brought to life the story of two sisters: one a missionary in Africa and one a young abuse wife living in the south. Even though there is distance between them, there is great love, great devotion and great compassion. This book spans years as we se ...more
The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name. Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the Southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.
Celie is a ...more
Já alguma vez vos ocorreu pensar sobre o Cúmulo do Machismo?
Pois bem, se lerem este livro irão chegar a uma fórmula mais ou menos assim:
É um marido maltratar a mulher com tal grau de brutalidade, que esta e a amante dele se tornam melhores amigas e ambas optam por vê-lo pelas costas, pirando-se juntas!...
Como corolário dessa misoginia extrema, a única mulher da vida de tal homem, passa a ser um fantasma feminino, com quem flirta ocasionalmente, para alguns passos de dança de ...more
No voy a escribir sobre la trama en sí porque terminaría haciendo spoilers.
Lo que sí quiero destacar, es la evolución que hay en varios personajes, y la cantidad de emociones que me produjo leer esta historia, ya que aquí no todo es drama, también hay notas de humor, romance y salseo.!!! Jaja
Me pareció muy inte ...more
The Color Purple is a powerful book with an amazing cast of strong female characters, but in my opinion, it was 100 pages too short. I can certainly see how this book made such an impact by its discussion of (painful) topics and its feminist messages, but it was mainly the second half that brought this book down to its 3 star-rating.
The first half ...more
Cuando comencé este libro mi primer pensamiento fue "este libro quiere hacerme llorar", lo cual no siempre es bueno, hay libros que buscan manipular al lector de manera obvia para que se lamente de lo que le sucede al protagonistas, pero pasadas unas cuantas páginas me di cuenta que ese no es el objetivo de este libro, sino que nos mostraba como inicio el cambio en Celie, como ella se convirtió en mujer.
En principio la historia es bastant ...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
One of my favorite lines is and I paraphrase, "I may be ugly, I may be nothing but a woman, I may even be a bad cook, but I'm here. I'm here." You can feel the freedom in those words. This book is about the freedom of the 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
“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 so ...more
“Well sometime Mr._____ git on me pr...more
أحد أصدقائي لديه هوس بكل ماله علاقة بتحليل الشخصيات، بدءًا من الأبراج وطقوس الولادة وحتى الألوان والاسماء. غالبًا ما كنت أقلب أي موضوع يفتحه معي حول الهالات والطاقة "التشاكرا" التي تنبعث من روح الإنسان إلى سخرية وهزل.
لذلك عندما جاءت اللحظة التي سألته فيه عن دلالات اللون الأرجواني، نظر إلي نظ ...more
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
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