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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 about the big things than you start out with The I wonder, the I love. Who you think you is he say You can t curse nobody Look at you You black, you pore, you 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 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 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 education.Celie 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 queens A mix of the passionately hot blood red colour of happiness and the deeply 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 suffer.The 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 unconditionally Dear Nettie a moment of triumph caught in writing Life is not only red happiness or blue sadness, it is purple Therefore 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 church.Finding 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 poverty.Rarely have I felt a colour expressing itself so strongly in emotions Despite 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 answers I am pore, I m black, I may be ugly and can t cook, a voice say to everything listening But I m here And 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 women.Recommended to the world, over and over 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 couple of college friends rented, sitting there in the dark, all of us sitting on our furniture, chain smoking, drinking wine and crying The movie didn t prepare me.Walker s words are music Sometimes a sweet melody, but mostly a cacophony of pain and sorrow Oh and how the characters change and grow with time, how they eventually find peace And the dichotomy of the South and Africa It makes me yearn to find pieces of literature that can show me the mysteries of that continent.I am incoherent and refuse to speak of the summary It s The Color Purple It doesn t need a summary.It is alive.It is life. 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 unless absolutely necessary as I feel they often give too much away I felt 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 table With 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 about.I 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 it.One 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 up strong emotions, especially if you are a woman.While 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 book.This 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. Done my second book for booktubeathon You got to fight But I don t know how to fight All I know how to do is stay alive When I think about The Color Purple the first few words that pop into my mind are classic, banned and touchy subjects I m pretty sure I m not alone with that I mean it s a book every reader heard about Some of us had to read it in school, others saw the movie, and still others only knew that it s one of those highly controversial books I belonged to the latter category and even though I read a few reviews about it, I definitely wasn t prepared for what I was about to readI feel like something pushing me forward If I don t watch out I ll have hold of her hand, tasting her fingers in my mouth This book surprised me, but not in the way I thought it would I expected abuse in a man s world, the suppression of women and yes, even rape because my bestie warned me about that one a few years ago What everyone forgot to mention was that this is also a story about strong women and two sisters that write each other for years One of them is living with a violent husband and the other lives in a colony in Africa and deals with completely different problems than her sister overseas To follow their lives was very intriguing and I enjoyed Nettie s letters from Africa a lot It was interesting to read how she lived and how the native people dealt with the missionaries that came to themWho you think you is he say You can t curse nobody Look at you You black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman Goddam, he say, you nothing at all Celie however had to deal with an entirely different set of problems though, and I can t say how much I despised Mr for his behaviour He s your typical run of the mill obnoxious and violent husband and I just couldn t deal with him If I d have been Celie I would have left him as soon as possible But where to go if you re a penniless woman without any family ties Well, Celie certainly found her own way to deal with him and I m very proud of her for standing up to him It took time and courage but she eventually managed to do it What load of bricks fell on you I ast.No bricks, he say Just experience You know, everybody bound to git some of that sooner or later All they have to do is stay alive And I start to git mine real heavy long about the time I told Shug it was true that I beat you cause you was you and not her A very important part of this book which was never mentioned in any of the reviews I read is the fact that there is a f f relationship in The Color Purple Yes, you read right A f f relationship between a lesbian and a bisexual woman At least I got the impression it s a lesbian bi relationship Which aside from the violence and abuse is probably one of the main reasons this book is banned in so many countries and schools In my opinion Walker made sure never to explicitly touch the subject but from the little you see, you can glean that they are in love with each other and have a sexual relationship I know some people claim that there is graphic sexual content but either I read too much smut in my life pretty likely lol or I have a different concept of graphic than the average person also very likely due to all of the smut PHe love looking at Shug I love looking at Shug.But Shug don t love looking at but one of us Him.But that the way it spose to be I know that But if that so, why my heart hurt me so If this would have been a modern book I would have been very unhappy with the bisexual rep, but since it s an old one I decided to take it the way it is No need to rant about it when I know that people had a completely different outlook on bisexuality back then Let s just say I didn t like that the bi character was represented as a rogue that only thinks with her loins lol Conclusion The Color Purple addresses a lot of sensitive issues and considering in which time it was written this was a pretty bold move Walker doesn t shy away from bringing up difficult topics though and instead decided to introduce us into the life of a huge family that works in its own way It s complex, it s multi layered and at times it s tough to read, but if that s your jam I can totally recommend this book to youI believe God is everything, say Shug Everything that is or ever was or ever will be And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you ve found It I m not entirely sure if it s a good idea to read The Color Purple while reading The Poppy War as well, but I put them both on my book list 2019 and will have to return the latter one to the library soon So I guess if it gets too heavy I ll just have to read a very fluffy and comfortable book in between XD eyes Carry On and Harry Potter Yes, I actually dare to mention them both in one sentence lol P I know this book will address a lot of sensitive issues so I m sort of prepared Well, at least as good as you can prepare yourself for classics like this one All I know is that I was destroyed after reading The Kite Runner Let s hope the same won t happen with The Color Purple Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize And The National Book Award Alice Walker S Iconic Modern Classic Is Now A Penguin BookA 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 Across Time, Distance And Silence Through A Series Of Letters Spanning Twenty Years, First From Celie To God, Then The Sisters To Each Other Despite The Unknown, The Novel Draws Readers Into Its Rich And Memorable Portrayals Of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery And Sofia And Their Experience The Color Purple Broke The Silence Around Domestic And Sexual Abuse, Narrating The Lives Of Women Through Their Pain And Struggle, Companionship And Growth, Resilience And Bravery Deeply Compassionate And Beautifully Imagined, Alice Walker S Epic Carries Readers On A Spirit Affirming Journey Towards Redemption 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Jarrett – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Alice Walker S Epic Carries Readers On A Spirit Affirming Journey Towards Redemption And Love 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, 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 squalid living conditions and incorrigible children under 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 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 had 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 2010 1388 306 9789641851288 20 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 skin, I probably wouldn t have been able to stay in that skin for long.It 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 it.Find of my books on Instagram 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 epistolary novel my personal faves include Dracula Where d You Go, Bernadette now this one , the frailty of letters and the lost art of letter writing carry implicit feelings They ground the novel, and, contradiction, make it an ethereal work of art The writer is a true magician that even out Faulkners Faulkner in her book filled with light and grace.P.S the film tries its damn hardest to keep up with Walker s unique characters and their respective vernacular For me, the line uttered by Adam at the end of the movie I want to know you, mama never fails to make me bawl.