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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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I have so far observed the etiquette of identity politics by comparing Walker only with other African-American female novelists, but she most reminds me of a white male writer: Kurt Vonnegut. In both Walker and Vonnegut, you find the same homespun moralism and easy radicalism that evade too much of the world’s actual complications, and the same stylistic principle that, with vernacular excuse, artificially restricts the difficulty and grandeur of what can be thought. It’s easy to see why their books are bestsellers, but comparing them with the best of their precursors and contemporaries—Hurston and Twain, Pynchon and Morrison—would quickly reveal their limits.

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February 24, 2020 – Shelved
February 24, 2020 – Shelved as: fiction
February 24, 2020 – Shelved as: twentieth-century

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