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5.0 out of 5 stars Critical Review: What did I think of this book?, December 16, 2001
This review is from: The Color Purple (Mass Market Paperback)
As a girl, Celie, struggles through life while she slowly matures into a woman, she discovers the irony and hatred associated with life. This woman's life--her personal journal--forms the incredibly well written story, The Color Purple. However, this story's meaningful content comes with a price: graphic sexual content and inappropriate language. Putting this aspect aside, The Color Purple's interesting plot twist kept me hooked throughout the story; I wanted to keep reading, and read I did, until I felt too tired to keep my eyes open.
The Color Purple informs readers of the harsh lives of African American women who lived in the early 1900's. Terrible examples of the discrimination they received permeate this story, but they help to convey the author's message: no matter what happens, if you have hope, you will get through the tough times. Celie, the protagonist in this book, sets an example for everyone in the world today. Her husband constantly abuses her--mentally, physically, and sexually--yet she never gives up hope, never stops dreaming of a better life, and in the end she learns how to live, learn, and love.
After I finished reading this story, I began to appreciate many of the possessions I once took for granted; I finally realized the cold hard reality of pain in this world, and even though I may think I can't live through another day, compared to many other people, my problems are non-existent.
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