- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0156031825
- ISBN-13: 978-0156031820
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,343 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Color Purple 1st Edition
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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
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.
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This is the first book to truly resonate in me and after finishing it. I felt so many mixed feelings lingering for least a week because it was so profound. I was so excited to write my essay on this book because it was so easy to analyze and pick apart. If you read this, research Alice Walker's biography because there's a lot of parallelism and it will explain a lot in the book.
The story will stay with you, and you will think of Celie, Shug, Albert, Sofia (I wonder what happened to Hennreitta, if she was ever diagnosed with sickle cell or not and if she survived) and Harpo, and all of those characters who become family to you. Well written, can't say enough good about it!
It took me a little bit to get used to the book being written in letters to God, or between the sisters. And I liked Celie's letters more than Nettie's, but I think that was more because we spent the first half of the book was strictly from Celie's POV and I had developed such an attachment to her.
I love Celie, and in ways, I can relate to her journey of finding herself, standing up for herself, and learning to not take s*** from anyone.
This book and it's characters are inspiring and lovable! I'm so happy it was picked for February's book for Our Shared Shelf.