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The Color Purple by Alice Walker
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Jan 02, 2009

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Celie's story drew me in, but the African narrative seemed to belong to a different, less magical, book. Like a lesson strapped to a parable--one hits you over the head, the other gets inside your mind.

The raw brutality of much of Celie's life made me uncomfortable. Yet underneath the veneer of civilization and righteousness found among the richer and more educated lie the same human urges to defile and degrade, to assume a position of absolute and unquestioned power over others' lives. The assumption of privilege is only in degree.

Four stars for Celie, Shug, Sofia, Harpo; two for Africa. Read it for the part that will stay with you.

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message 1: by Caroline (new)

Caroline That's one thing that I remember about the book. I did enjoy Celie's story much more than the Africa part

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