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5.0 out of 5 stars The Color Purple, October 11, 2002
This review is from: The Color Purple (Mass Market Paperback)
Alice Walker tells the story from the perpective of a poor, fourteen-year-old black girl, named Celie. Celie lives in a country house in Georgia with her sister Nettie and her father Alphonso, who impregnates Celie twice and presumably kills each newborn after birth. After her father sells off Celie into a marriage to a much older man, Celie finds herself enduring the many trecherous labors and constant abuse by her new husband, she learns that her sister has disappeared, and through many years of no word from her and the death of Alphonso, presumes that she is dead. Years pass, and Celie has grown up and lived with the frequent battering from her husband, but through it all remains strong and curious as is in her nature. Along the way Celie develops a unique relationship with a talented woman named Slug, who through her loving nature, empowers Celie to take control and change her life. The suspensful ending made reading this book an experience that will remain with me for a long time.
"The Color Purple" may be one of the most moving books I have ever read. Its constant twists and surprises made reading this book an emotional adventure in itself. Watching Celie change throughout this book made me feel like I actually knew her and I felt each experience she endured in her personal perspective. "The Color Purple," with its fairytale ending, left me with tears of joy as this book truely brings you into the life of Celie, as you can feel the different emotions she experiences and the stuggles she endures. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who enjoys realistic novels containing complex charaters, surprises hiding around every corner, and constant emotional rollarcosters.
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