Alice Walker: The Color Purple



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It was important to say this because as I have posted statuses and comments while I was reading it I felt like there was some shock that I didn t know about it already So now how I was going into this book is all out on the tableWith that being said this book was 100% not what I was expecting This is not a good thing or a bad thing It is just if you asked me to give a one paragraph description of what I was going to be reading about I would have written down nothing nowhere hear this I probably would have said something like ex slaves trying to survive in the post Civil War South Well spoiler that is not what it is aboutI will next mention a phrase that kept going through my head as I was trying to prepare to write my review I kept saying to myself that I am not sure I can should or have any right to write a review of this book It is a powerful and raw story about subject matter that is important and that I don t really know a whole lot about Because of that I cannot say for sure how I can possibly do a review justice I decided that while I will do this review it is important to remember that this book transcends any possible viewpoint I have of itOne thing that I came out of this book surprised about is that it is about women women s rights and female relationships than it is about race Don t get me wrong race is an important element but the way that the men view and treat women and the way the women look at and treat themselves is the crux of this story As mentioned above this book is raw not too extreme but raw enough to warn readers that some of the subject matter is difficult and it may stir p strong emotions especially if you are a womanWhile I found the book to be powerful and important I am going with 4 stars because I struggled at times with the writing I admit that this is just my preference and is all on me Some of you may love the way it is written but I found that it was the reason I found myself taking long breaks from the bookThis book is important to read for any person trying to make sure they hit all the classics Also people with an interest in historical fiction and women s studies would benefit a lot from this story Who you think you is he say You can t curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you Swept Away (Harlequin Blaze ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all And yet she is one of the strongest characters I have ever met in literature Long before women began speakingp 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 in the end Rarely these days do I finish a book within one sitting but this novel was impossible to put down In a voice genuinely her own Celie begins to tell her story of rape loss and forced marriage Her loneliness is so painful that she can t even think of a recipient for her letters except for God which she imagines to be an older white man the very symbol of patriarchal power Wherever her life takes her she is surrounded by men who are taught from the cradle to mistreat and look down on women in order to establish their own fragile egos While they claim to be the stronger sex they leave it to their mothers sisters daughters and wives to make a living to work for food and shelter and educationCelie s world based on submission changes when she encounters two women who refuse to bow their heads who fight for their right to individual pride and happiness In Shug her lover and Sofia her neighbour she sees the true colour of female power the purple of eens A mix of the passionately hot blood red colour of happiness and the deeply. E deep American south between the wars this is the classic tale of Celie a young poor black girl Raped repeatedly by her father she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug.

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don t notice it 455 starsThe 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 thisThe main character s life is miserable I still don t nderstand how she made it through to a certain point because if it were me in her skin I probably wouldn t have been able to stay in that skin for longIt was not an easy book neither plot nor writing were exactly motivating But I found so much hope in the first and even happiness in the last chapters that I just came to love itFind of my books on Instagram The Color Purple Alice WalkerThe 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 poor Too Wild to Hold (Legendary Lovers uneducated 14 year old girl living in the American South in the early 1900s She writes letters to God because her stepfather Alphonso beats her harshly and rapes her continuously Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth Celie has a second child a girl she named Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts Celie s ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed Celie and her younger sister 12 year old Nettie learn that a man identified only as Mister wants to marry Nettie Alphonso refuses to let Nettie marry instead arranging for Mister to marry Celie Mister needing someone to care for his children and keep his house eventually accepts the offer Mister and his children whose mother was murdered by a jealous lover all treat Celie badly However she eventually gets Mister s sualid living conditions and incorrigible childrennder control Shortly thereafter Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman had The Man from Her Past (Welcome to Honesty, unknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie however never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead Shortly thereafter Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman hadnknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie however never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead 2010 1388 306 9789641851288 20 Before I get into this review I should let you know that the ONLY thing I knew about The Color Purple is that it was a movie in the 80s I knew nothing about the plot or subject matter except for a few impressions of seeing Oprah and Whoopi in promotional stills or videos over the years Also I try to avoid reading book summaries nless absolutely necessary as I feel they often give too much away I felt. A special limited edition of nine classic novels produced to coincide with Weidenfeld Nicolson's 60th anniversary Designed by the award winning advertising agency Fallon with special endpapers commissioned from ground breaking artists The endpapers for this title have been designed by Carl Kleiner Set in th.

Summary The Color Purple

Painful and dark blue purple is the essence of nature the expression of the divine principle of life beyond the Christian God of the bible who is mainly catering to the white male authority that makes women sufferThe day Celie discovers that her long lost sister is still alive she can finally drop the patriarchal god figure as a recipient of her letters written to reflect on the painful expeirence of her life and share her thoughts with somebody she loves truly and nconditionally Dear Nettie a moment of triumph caught in writingLife is not only red happiness or blue sadness it is purpleTherefore Celie s lover Shug is convinced that God is pissed whenever someone ignores the beauty of the colour purple in nature whereas he is completely absent from churchFinding spiritual support within the loving human heart is at the centre of this powerful hymn to women across the world and while telling the story of Nettie and Celie of Sofia and Shug it approaches the difficult political topics of misogyny repressed sexuality colonialism missionary endeavours racism domestic violence and povertyRarely have I felt a colour expressing itself so strongly in emotionsDespite the terrible circumstances of life in the Deep South in the 1930s and 1940s it is a book about the joy of living Confronted with the hatred of the man she is about to leave to embark on her first attempt at independent life Celie answersI am pore I m black I may be The Weather Girl ugly and can t cook a voice say to everything listening But I m hereAnd the message Alice Walker sends out to people across the world is a positive one men and women can define their own roles they can develop and learn and change for the better Gender roles are not static and there are moments of peace and friendship for anyone who dares to move out of the pattern of dominance that destroys the freedom of choice for both men and womenRecommended to the world over and over 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 goYears 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 lifeCelie is the protagonist of the tale Her story is told through a series of letters written firstly to God and then to her sister Nettie As an abusedneducated woman abused by her father husband and step children who was only ever shown love by Nettie the letters are very telling and are the only means Celie has of expressing her feelings I adored Celie It really amazed me how a woman who was abused so much sexually physically verbally could still have so much love in her heart and not be bitter Imagine hearing things like this regularly Husband to Celie Who you think you is You can t curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you A Husband in Time ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all But Celie is something and one of my favourite parts of this book is the sisterhood portrayed especially by the enigmatic Shug who helped Celie on her journey to self realization The book has strong female characters which is another plus I m so glad I gave this book a second chance Celie is a wonderful character and proof of the resilience of the human spirit I thinks here to wonder myself To wonder To ask And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things you learn about the little ones almost by accident But you never know nothing about the big things than you start out with The I wonder the I lov. Avery a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life 'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to readit is stunning moving exciting and wonderful' Lenny Henr.

Alice Walker one of the United States’ preeminent writers is an award winning author of novels stories essays and poetry In 1983 Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple which also won the National Book Award Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland Meridian The Temple of My Familiar and Possessi