- Paperback: 253 pages
- Publisher: Washington Square Press; 10th ed. edition (February 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671019074
- ISBN-13: 978-0671019075
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,403 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #969,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Color Purple 10th ed. Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Most of us agreed that the language is tough and off-putting for the first few letters, but you both get used to the odd spellings and grammar and also the writing gets better at Celie writes more. After eight or ten letters, it all seems pretty normal.
The violence and cruelty is also tough and off-putting in the first part of the book but again, it gets less violent and you get used to it (what a horrifying thought!) as the novel continues.
The words that readers used to describe the events and language in the novel are "epic," "biblical," "powerful," and finally "beautiful."
The story seems huge and the family tree is complicated with parents, step-parents, unacknowledged parents, forced marriages, lovers and mistresses, as well as two dead unnamed mothers. But the major characters are clearly defined and change during the novel and, unlike many novels, the changes are clearly explained and well motivated by events in the novel.
Celie is so desperate to be loved that she loves everyone else without thinking of herself. The men are largely evil (this is probably a valid criticism of the novel) who are forced to learn and change by the strong and far more admirable women who shape them.
We enjoyed discussing butch and femme women (as well as the stupidly masculine men as compared to the loving and generous men), the open lesbianism, and the alternate Christian theology presented largely by the openly sexual Shug.
I thought that the African letters from Nettie were a bit dry and anthropological compared to Celie's personal and emotive letters. And a few of the readers thought that the ending was perhaps too happy with everyone turning out to be a better, more evolved character.
But these are quibbles compared to the well-drawn characters, the wide scope, the emotional fulfillment, and the positive changes that most of the characters undergo.
I found it interesting that comma though I know I was taught this book in high school, and I didn't really pay attention obviously, I never really hear about this book as being something that also addressed being a lesbian woman in the rural South in the 30s. It's frequently said now that black feminism or black lgbtq rights 10 to get minimized by mainstream feminism and mainstream lgbtq activists in modern time comma and while this book clearly addresses female rights and domestic violence even the plot summaries and jacket summaries fail to mention the sexuality of the protagonist, which I find interesting. It may be because her sexuality is in a way a side issue because in the end she is able to freely Express her sexuality, but I feel like that would be another reason to raise up or teach this book.