The Color Purple

Books The Color Purple I read The Colour Purple in my early teens was traumatized by the graphic abuse por

Books The Color Purple 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 tale. Her story is told through a series of letters written firstly to God, and then to her sister Nettie. As an abused, uneducated 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 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 think us 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 more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, the more I love.” . The Color Purple am Book The Color Purple is a classic With over a million copies sold in the UK alone, it is hailed as one of the all time greats of literature, inspiring generations of readers.Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation Raped repeatedly by the man she calls father , she has two children takenThe Color Purple is a classic With over a million copies sold in the UK alone, it is hailed as one of the all time greats of literature, inspiring generations of readers.Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation Raped repeatedly by the man she calls father , she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic maker a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.. 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 Possessing the Secret of Joy In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.. A viral Books The Color Purple I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the V.S. Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant. I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 1/2/3 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker's forthright, honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and century-old misconceptions. And I award this 5 stars, symbolically on Banned Books Week as an apology for all the cowardly sentiments of the ones who misuse their power by banning books, thereby shutting out many powerful voices which demand and need to be heard.In my eyes, an author's merit lies not only in their sense of aesthetic beauty, but also in the scope and reach of their worldviews which must reflect in their craft.Alice Walker's is the voice of one such African American writer that recounts a story which not only breaches the boundaries of an issue like emancipation of women but tries to detect a common pattern in problems plaguing civilizations across continents. She gives us one horrifying glimpse after another into the lives of women ravaged by unspeakable brutalities like rape and abuse, lives searching for meaning and connection and seeking out that elusive ray of hope amidst the darkness of despair. And by the end of the narrative, she brings to light with great sensitivity, that misogyny, sexism and blind patriarchal prejudices are as rampantly in vogue in the urban, upscale sphere of American cities as they are in the intractable, untameable African landscapes.Celie and Nettie. Shug Avery, Sofia and Mary Agnes. Tashi and Olivia. All these are but different names and many facets of the same disturbing reality.If the lives of Celie and Nettie are torn apart by sexual abuse and humiliation from childhood, then Tashi and other unnamed young African girls of the Olinka tribe are victims of genital mutilation and other forms of psychological and physical torture.If the men of African American families dehumanize the female members to the point of treating them as mere care-givers and sex slaves, then the objectification of African women by the men of their families is no less appalling. And contrary to accepted beliefs, white families in America are just as easily susceptible to misogyny as the African American families are.But Alice Walker doesn't only stop at opening our eyes to the uncivilized aspects of our so-called civilized world, but also shows us how knowledge of the world and people at large, self-awareness and education can help exorcize such social evils, how it is never too late to gain a fresh perspective, start anew and how empowerment of women eventually empowers society.Dear David Gilmour, if I were a professor of English literature I'd have taught Alice Walker to my students without a shred of hesitation, because here's an author who may not possess the trademark sophistication of Virginia Woolf's lyrical prose but who, nonetheless, fearlessly broaches subjects many masters and mistresses of the craft may balk at dealing with.Alice Walker: 5 | David Gilmour: 0
Feb , Directed by Steven Spielberg With Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades. The Color Purple The Color Purple Summary, Characters, Facts Britannica The Color Purple, novel by Alice Walker, published in It won a Pulitzer Prize in A feminist work about an abused and uneducated African American woman s struggle for empowerment, The Color Purple was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its eloquent use of Black English Vernacular Alice Walker Alice Walker, . The Color Purple Alice Walker Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was preceded by The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father s Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. Watch The Color Purple Prime Video The Color Purple is hands down director Steven Spielberg s single most underrated film of all time It is a harrowing account of four black women in the early s that suffer rape, incest, racism, separation, and domestic abuse all while enduring poverty Spielberg does not get enough credit for tackling these intensely disturbing topics. The Color Purple by Alice Walker A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth century rural Georgia Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other

  1. 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 Possessing the Secret of Joy In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

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  1. I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the V.S Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 1 2 3 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker s forthright, honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and century old misconceptions And I award this 5 stars, symbolically [...]


  2. 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 ta [...]



  3. Wow I mean Really Wow.You know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket WellThis 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.Wow.Have you seen the movie I had I thought I was prepared Because the movie was devastating I remember vividly being in the house that me and a cou [...]


  4. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don t notice it 4.5 5 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 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 in her s [...]


  5. In awe of the magnificent depths within The Color Purple Would rather debunk Great American Novel contenders such as Great Gatsby, On the Road, or Huckleberry Finn with this Definitive American classic novel The steel strong bonds of family, the global importance of friendship, and the ever mystical soul defining actions of sisterhood are all immortal themes that are drawn in lush exquisite, sometimes brutal, hues the purple of a field of violets, the purple of a deepening bruise In terms of the [...]


  6. I m glad I got to this before my school curriculum did, cause all I would ve had instead of Celie and Shug and Nettie was Miss Eleanor Jane prancing in front of the classroom at 70 to 80 years old, full of pity and the hell of good intentions that hasn t rendered the speaking of the N word despicable to her despite all proof of the contrary Sure, I m glad the prof didn t shaft this woman of color writer like she had with others near the beginning, but I have to wonder about those students for wh [...]


  7. Despite finishing this over a week ago, I have staved off from writing a review as I feel anything I could write would not do the sublime elegance and exquisiteness of this book justice The characters and their emotions are displayed in a raw and unapologetic way, their stories are dynamic and compelling, their plights are austere and penetrating, and the writing is evocative and exalted I urge anyone and everyone to read this hard hitting, powerful and corporeal book as it has such an important [...]


  8. El color p rpura es un novela epistolar, que trata sobre la dura vida de Celie, una mujer norteamericana de raza negra, que vive en el sur de Estados Unidos a principios del siglo XX No voy a escribir sobre la trama en s porque terminar a haciendo spoilers Lo que s quiero destacar, es la evoluci n que hay en varios personajes, y la cantidad de emociones que me produjo leer esta historia, ya que aqu no todo es drama, tambi n hay notas de humor, romance y salseo Jaja Me pareci muy interesante los [...]


  9. The language was harsh at first but once the flow arrived it was swift Hardships were told in stride and empathy makes the reader want good things to happen to a few of the characters And then, good things happen to them but they still aren t happy but they now seem content This book was fun to read with surprisingly happy nuances described during tragic conditions.


  10. My gran got me this book years ago and just getting round to reading it now It was a quick read but really emotional Had elements in it i didnt expect.The Africa parts bored me and were very slow.


  11. Lectura con el grupo PopSugar Reading Challenge en Espa olCuando comenc 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 p ginas 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 convirti en mujer.En principio la historia es bastante t [...]



  12. Wow such an amazing book Although many parts were so difficult to read, so heart breaking, its a story that sticks with you I loved when the story expanded to include Nettie s life as a missionary Celie s courage to endure all the hardships and losses, including the hardest loss of her sister, makes many of today s problems seem so insignificant to me This is truly a remarkable book that I highly recommend


  13. I first read this in high school, and really enjoyed it I re read it in 2007, and enjoyed it just as much the second time.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 oppres [...]



  14. O C mulo Do Machismo J alguma vez vos ocorreu pensar sobre o C mulo do Machismo Pois bem, se lerem este livro ir o chegar a uma f rmula mais ou menos assim um marido maltratar a mulher com tal grau de brutalidade, que esta e a amante dele se tornam melhores amigas e ambas optam por v lo pelas costas, pirando se juntas Como corol rio dessa misoginia extrema, a nica mulher da vida de tal homem, passa a ser um fantasma feminino, com quem flirta ocasionalmente, para alguns passos de dan a descontra [...]


  15. I believe God is everything, say Shug Everything that is or ever will be And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you ve found him 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 of this [...]


  16. Walker s characterization is one of the best I ve encountered so far in my reading There are many memorable characters in this book, The Color Purple that I will probably remember for a long time Walker s characters are not caricatures as they are well developed and multi dimensional, i.e not only with both their good and bad sides revealed to the readers but also the reasons why they behave or think that way Even the secondary characters like Squeak or Mary Agnes contributes in bringing out the [...]


  17. It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life Henrik IbsenThe 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 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 society Some of [...]


  18. I ve had an awfully difficult time writing about this book, so I ll keep my thoughts to a few short points which others have doubtless said better elsewhere.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 choice [...]


  19. A Masterpiece 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 PurpleFrom 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 see their li [...]


  20. Since its release in 1982, The Color Purple had been a subject of frequent censorship due to its violent sexual content and language Not to mention the casual and constant change of partners, lesbianism and the polygamous society of the Olinka tribe Written in epistolary form, the book is a series of letters addressed to God through which our protagonist, Celie, found solace in her chaotic life She exists in a time of male dominance and fixed gender roles Well sometime Mr._____ git on me pretty [...]


  21. Heart stirring and powerful, The Color Purple is truly inspiring I don t know what took me so long to get around to reading this novel Most readers will know the background to this one, either through the book or the movie So, I won t rehash the plot here, but I will share some quick thoughts My feelings were all over the place with this one Sometimes outraged, often saddened, occasionally amused, but ultimately I felt joyful as I reached the final page When I initially started this book, I was [...]


  22. I can t believe I ever gave this a three star rating I m glad I reread this book now that I m older and can appreciate what s being written It really is a masterpiece.


  23. 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 rea [...]


  24. What can I say about THE COLOR PURPLE Wow It s the ultimate story of survival, even when everything in life is stacked against you When Celie tells her sister Nettie to write, and Nettie responds Nothing but death can keep me from it well, that s when the tears start flowing I ve loved this book for 25 years, and just recently did I get a chance to listen to it on audio It s narrated by the author herself, Alice Walker, and her voice was perfect for Celie I enjoyed it so much, and I think everyo [...]


  25. tag this as lgbt u fuckos, celia is a gd lesbian, dont gal pal her and shug at one point celia says all men look like frogs to her an american hero.



  26. I remember as a young child my sister watching the movie and crying bucket loads, I vowed from her reaction no way in hell I would watch the movie seeing her almost guttural cries Fast forward many years and finding this book land on my lap, how could I not read it now maybe the book won t be so brutal Wrong You really feel the injustice and outrage and you really can t help but feel for the characters Poor Celie doesn t get much of a chance, a plain black woman who marries someone who cares not [...]


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