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The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Alice Walker
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (747 customer reviews)

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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 an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.


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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

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[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: #7,822 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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219 of 225 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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40 of 43 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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58 of 65 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 Wonderful Book
Well worth the read! I would highly recommend this book. Much better than the movie. Well written, often poetic, etc.
Published 3 hours ago by Linda Solway
4.0 out of 5 stars A book to read!
Love it. The kind of book I like to read! I would recommend to everyone to read. Warm, funny n a great read.
Published 2 days ago by sharon scoble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Fine tribute to a woman's perseverance against the Times....
Great read. highly recommend it for high school students and adults of any age. a book about courage and love.
Published 6 days ago by barb y
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Read...
I have not seen the movie and considering some of the reviews I have read, the movie might have swayed the review I would give the book on its own. Read more
Published 12 days ago by KGR
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential novel somewhat let down by it's fairy tale elements.
I hesitate to criticise such a wonderful book, its prose alone lifts it into the first rank of modern novels. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Stebbo
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisited
The Color Purple was one of the books on a college English Lit. course reading list MANY years ago. I re-read again because I remember loving it back in college. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rachel Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful author.
Her writing goes directly to my heart.
I like her honesty about the treatment of the colored races. And the insight of their families. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Maud Conway
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I order this book because I have always loved the movie. I did not enjoy reading it as much as I thought, but I did love the detail provided in the book. Read more
Published 21 days ago by EJD Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU DIDN'T LIKE THE MOVIE...
This review is for people (like me) who didn't like the film, and are considering reading the book. It contains only minor spoilers as to themes. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Trancelucence
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I could have imagined!
I saw the movie back in the eighties, and about ten times since. With this reading, any questions, holes, or wonders I had are completely resolved. It was terrific!
Published 21 days ago by Jovan367
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