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The Color Purple by [Alice Walker]
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Editorial Reviews


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

The Color Purple is about the struggle between redemption and revenge. And the chief agency of redemption, Walker is saying, is the strength of the relationships between women: their friendships, their love, their shared expression.” —The Nation

“Intense emotional impact . . . indelibly affecting.” —The New York Times Book Review

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

About the Author

Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B005NY4QGM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Open Road Media; First edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 20, 2011
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5241 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 306 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0143135694
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Casey Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should add this to their TBR
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2020
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 1, 2020
Trigger warnings for graphic sexual content and situations of violence and abuse.

I struggled with this book at the start because our main protagonist is very uneducated so her use of language and punctuation in the letters she writes wasn’t the easiest to read, however I got used to it pretty quickly.

This is a very heavy read, with very hard hitting topics that may leave you feeling uncomfortable, but it’s these types of topics that always needs to be addressed. However, besides from this it’s also about strong badass women, who stand up for themselves through the hard times they are put through, which I enjoyed reading.

This book mainly follows Celie; but you also hear from her sister Nettie. I loved hearing from Nettie and her stories from Africa. You get to hear what it was like for people living in Olinka, in the slumps, and their native families traditions. Celie life is a whole lot different.

Celie is a young black girl growing up in poverty, in the early 1900s. At the age of 14 she was raped and impregnated by her stepfather. This book follows her life throughout the next 30 years of living in a horrible forced marriage to finding love with Shug Avery, who is a bi-sexual character; and becoming a badass woman and learning to use her voice to stand up for herself.

‘… I should have lock you up. Just let you out to work.

The jail you plan for me is the one in which you will rot, I say.’

‘…I’m pore, I’m black, I may be ugly and can’t cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I’m here.’

The Color purple addresses a lot of sensitive topics that Walker definitely does not shy away from. You will learn this just from the first page. However, its also about strong Black women and I immediately was like, this is a brilliant book for feminists. It vividly showed you how women were treated, but how when they find their voices they will stand up for themselves and be a boss while doing so. When Celie stuck up for herself against Mr. I was so proud. The ending plastered a beaming smile onto my face, because I was so happy for the way things turned out for Celie.

I also didn’t realise that this book is actually banned from many countries and schools. I can see why, but I feel this book would be fine to read for University students but too heavy for High School students. For it to be banned from schools I understand but for university students and up I think this book is great for them. I did do some research on this book, and apparently there have been different reasons for the book being banned; these include religious objections, homosexuality, violence, African history, rape, incest, drug abuse, explicit language, and sexual scenes. However, everything addressed in this book is true. These things happen, and need to be taught and discussed with many.

Was this an enjoyable read? In some aspects, no! Can people learn from this? Yes! So, I would highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Always A Satisfying Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of hope
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of hope
Reviewed in India on December 3, 2020
The Color Purple introduced me to Celie, Nettie, Shuga, and Sofia—four women with four different personalities and four different experiences. The only thing in common was that these women had been victims of racism, sexism and abuse, albeit in different ways. It is true that the raw narrative of rape and violence in The Color Purple may not perturb the contemporary reader; we live in a world where we've seen far worse. But this book is about much more than that. If you read The Color Purple, you'll find that it is full of infinite hope. You'll learn that going through adversities doesn't have to make you bitter or unkind. I was surprised to know that some literary stalwarts don't appreciate this book because of its very simple language. This simple language conveyed the raw reality of life with more clarity than any Virginia Woolf-esque prose ever could. Read it with an open mind, and I promise that you'll learn something.
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Darren Lad
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow – what a great book, my second time of reading.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 9, 2018
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D. P. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read -
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 5, 2020
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