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The Color Purple [Kindle Edition]

Alice Walker
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Book Description

Alice Walker’s masterpiece, a powerful novel of courage in the face of oppression
 
Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she’s badly treated by her family. As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear. Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home.

The Color Purple’s deeply inspirational narrative, coupled with Walker’s prodigious talent as a stylist and storyteller, have made the novel a contemporary classic of American letters. 

This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.



Editorial Reviews

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The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance.” —Newsweek 

“Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer.” —The New York Times Book Review 

“Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place.” —San Francisco Chronicle

From the Back Cover

[Banner] Now a Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical
 

The Color Purple is the story of two sisters—one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South—who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.


"Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer."—The New York Times Book Review

"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner."—The Nation

"Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place."—San Francisco Chronicle

"The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance."—Newsweek

"Marvelous characters . . . A story of revelation . . . One of the great books of our time."--Essence
 
[banner] Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award
 
 
 [bio]
Bestselling novelist Alice Walker is also the author of three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, six volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in northern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2924 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0671727796
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (September 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NY4QGM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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232 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful, uplifting book May 2, 2000
Format:Hardcover
"The Color Purple" is one of the strongest statements of how love transforms and cruelty disfigures the human spirit that this reviewer has ever read. Alice Walker gives us Celie, 14 years old when the book opens, who has been raped, abused, degraded and twice impregnated by her father. After he takes her children away from her without a so much as a word, he marries her off like a piece of chattel to her husband, who is so cold, distant and inhuman to her that she can only refer to him as Mr; and this person deprives her of her sister Nettie, the only one who ever loved her.

Celie manages to survive by living one day at a time. Her life is a series of flat, lifeless panoramas painted in browns and grays. Into this existence, if you can call it that, comes Shug Avery, her husband's mistress, who shows Celie her own specialness and uniqueness. A lot has been made about lesbianism in this book and all of it is beside the point. Celie isn't a lesbian, she is a human being in need of love and Shug Avery helps Celie realize that she is somebody worth loving and caring about. When Celie hurls her defiance into Mr's face -- "I'm poor, I'm black, I may be ugly... but I'm here", she is making an affirmation not only to him, but to the whole world; the reader can only say, along with Shug Avery, "Amen".

When Celie finds the strength to leave Mr, he is left to face the reality of himself and what he sees isn't pretty; his transformation humanizes him and allows Celie to call him Albert, recognizing him as a person, as he finally recognizes her as one.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing! January 11, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Color Pruple" provides a disturbing yet realistic account into the life of Celie, a young black woman with a tragic, abusive past who learns how to survive, how to let go of the past, and most of all how to love. I thought the medium with which Walker chose to write her book was perfect, the diary form of the novel establishes a immediate, intimate connection to the reader right from the start. Walker draws you in from the beginning, starting her book with a fairly graphic, explicit account of the physical abuse Celie's father subjected her to. I find Celie one of the most inspirational characters I have ever read about, she makes you believe that even in the darkest moments one can find hope, because for most women, life cannot get worse than Celie's.
The language used throughout the book emphasizes Celie's lack of educationa and the naivety of a young girl, being black and living in a world where men dominate every aspect of life Celie has only learned how to be submissive, suppresing all her own hopes and dreams. Enter Shug Avery and Sofia, and we start to see the insiprational woman Celie is inside--Shug represents the independent woman that Cleie longs to be but cannot find the courage to become. Through Shug's love and encouragment Celie learns to stand up for herself. She emerges powerful, strong and intelligent.
When I first started to read this book I felt I couldn't get past the first few letters. The violence that Celie encounters is unbearable to read, and sometimes I felt uncomfortable with many of the passages describing the graphic sexual abuse/actions and violence. However as I read on I realized the heart of the story overshadowed many of the disturbing scenes.
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67 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE COLOR PURPLE, a heartfelt masterpiece May 17, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"I maybe black, I may be poor, I maybe a woman, and I may even be ugly! But thank God I'm here"
I have recently finished reading The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. This book had the most emotional impact on me, more then any other book I have ever read. It gives the reader a vivid and terrifying description of the life of a black woman growing up in the early twenty century. I read this book for my eighth grade English class. Everyone was assigned to read an independent reading book that relates and associates with the timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Even though the main character in each book was placed in completely different situations, the same issues applied to both. There were both victims of sexism. Both their lives were dominated by men and Celie, in The Color Purple, was abused by them physically and mentally because they wanted to keep her in line and control her to a certain extent that doesn't allow her to think for herself. Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird, had constant pressure upon her to be the lady society had shaped woman to be. The Color Purple opened up to an experience that many woman faced but was chosen to be ignored by the public. It expressed the harshness of reality and the pain inflicted amongst many woman of a different race during this period of time.
The Color Purple takes place in the south and spans thirty years in the life of Celie, a poor southern black woman. Alice Walker portrays the life of an innocent girl who is put through rape, physical abuse, teenage marriage, child birth and emotional abuse. Celie started out as a slave to her own family. Her mother is killed, and Celie and her siblings are raised by their father.
Celie goes through the transition of a slave to an individual.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Book is so much better than movie
I've seen the movie several times, but the book was very different and so much better than the movie. The movie leaves so much out! A fantastic read!
Published 4 days ago by Heidi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great storyline with wonderful characters
Very well written. Great storyline with wonderful characters. The truth about the strength of women, family & friendship and a reality for many women that was told with hope & joy... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Janice McFee
5.0 out of 5 stars " One of my favorite books.
This is the third time I have read "The Color Purple." One of my favorite books.
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Published 25 days ago by Shelby Weigandt
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
This book is powerful, emotional, and amazing. It takes on so many issues on so many levels. It is a must read!
Published 1 month ago by Kimberly A Farrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Every Word!
I love this book! I have heard about this book my whole life and never took the time to read it. Now I don't know why it took me so long. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JD
3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Great As I Wanted and Expected
This is one of my books that I was supposed to love. It's a National Book Award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner and practically everyone I know loved it and practically... Read more
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Good read for adults.
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