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MOBI #180 she meets the glamorous Shug Avery singer and magic maker a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she love In awe of the magnificent depths within The Color Purple Would rather debunk Great American Novel contenders such as Great Gatsby On the Road or Huckleberry Finn with this Definitive American classic novel The steel strong bonds of family the global importance of friendship and the ever mystical soul defining actions of sisterhood are all immortal themes that are drawn in lush exuisite sometimes brutal hues the purple of a field of violets the purple of a deepening bruise In terms of the epistolary novel my personal faves include Dracula Where d You Go Bernadette now this one the frailty of letters and the lost art of letter writing carry implicit feelings They ground the novel and contradiction make it an ethereal work of art The writer is a true magician that even out Faulkners Faulkner in her book filled with light and gracePS the film tries its damn hardest to keep up with Walker s uniue characters and their respective vernacular For me the line uttered by Adam at the end of the movie I want to know you mama never fails to make me bawl

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a classic With over a million copies sold in the UK alone it is hailed as one of the all time 'greats' of literature inspiring generations of readersSet in the deep American South between the wars it is the tale of Celie Wow I mean Really WowYou know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket WellThis Is Not OneThe Color Purple rips the clothes right off of your skin leaving you bare and vulnerable From the first freakin moment opening the page You are just THERE and you can t be anywhere else but THERE Even when you re notWowHave you seen the movie I had I thought I was prepared Because the movie was devastating I remember vividly being in the house that me and a couple of college friends rented sitting there in the dark all of us sitting on our furniture chain smoking drinking wine and crying The movie didn t prepare meWalker s words are music Sometimes a sweet melody but mostly a cacophony of pain and sorrow Oh and how the characters change and grow with time how they eventually find peace And the dichotomy of the South and Africa It makes me yearn to find pieces of literature that can show me the mysteries of that continentI am incoherent and refuse to speak of the summary It s The Color Purple It doesn t need a summaryIt is aliveIt is life

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A young black girl born into poverty and segregation Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father' she has two children taken away from her is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage But then The Color The Color Purple is an absolute masterpiece about love and redemption Shug Celie Sofia and Nellie are some of the strongest women characters in American fiction I am literally writing this with tears streaming down my cheeksThere is so much to unpack here as Alice Walker deals holistically with the fate of African Americans from the perspective of Africa and the tribes who sold their kinsman to white slavers the devastation of Africa by European colonizers particularly after WWI leading to WWII the violence of in the South particularly aimed towards women female sexualityThere is an infinite depth in this book that can reveal itself and with each successive read The first half of the story is told through letters to God by Celia who is married against her will to Mr We learn that his first name is Albert but we never learn his last name Perhaps this anonymity is symbolic of the widespread rape and spousal abuse in impoverished communities and yet we also see that in the white mayor s family through her sister in law Sofia s eyes is no sane and no less violent Celia was raped by her stepfather and bore two children that subseuently disappeared Her sister refuses Mr in marriage and leaves and thus Celia is given to him Sex for her is a burden and a torture without end You know the worst part she say The worst part is I don t think he notice He git up there and enjoy himself just the same No matter what I m thinking No matter what I feel It just him Heartfeeling don t seem to enter into it She snort The fact he can do it like that make me want to kill him p 65 In fact Albert loves the singer Shug who ailing comes to their house and incidentally name drops legendary blues singer Bessie Smith as a friend thus dating the story to the 30s As Celie nurses Shug back to healththe two women develop a deep lasting love for each other that is both physical and spiritual and the first love that Celia has ever felt from another person She say my name again She say this song I m bout to sing is call Miss Celie s song Cause she scratched it out of my head when I was sickFirst time somebody made something and name it after me p 73 This is one of the first moments where having a box of Kleenex handy is not a luxury Through Shug Celie learns about her body and that she can have pleasure via her breasts and her sex p 78 The book has many characters that transform completely during the book Mr for example will be cursed by Celie when she leaves finally but he will change completely into a tender hearted and remorseful man who accepts his wife s sexuality such as it is and she in turn is able to forgive him In fact at the end of the book there is a beautiful reunion which is somewhat prefigured back on p 57 First time I think about the world What the world got to do with anything I think Then I see myself sitting there uilting tween Shug Avery and Mr Us three together gainst Tobias and his fly speck box of chocolate For the first time in my life I feel just right She and Shug have a spiritual transformation as well evolving from the white borrowed religion of a white God which has born no good for Celie Yeah I say and he give me a lynched daddy a crazy mama a lowdown dog of a step pa and a sister I probably won t ever see again Anyhow I say the God I been praying and writing to is a man And act just like all the other mens I know Trifling forgitful and lowdown p 192 Shug expresses her beliefs this The thing I believe God is inside you and inside everybody else You come into the world with God But only them that search for it inside find it And sometimes it just manifest itself even if you not looking or don t know what you looking for Trouble do it for most folks I think Sorrow lord Feeling like shitIt I astYeah It God ain t a he or a she but a It p 195 The next two pages are a beautiful eloge to this form or Emersonian deism a powerful arugment for a personal and less judgmental religion Yes Celie she say Everything want to be loved Us sing and dance make faces and give flower bouuets trying to be loved You ever notice that trees to everything to git attention that we do except walk p 196 I was touched by this ecological message that reminded me of the comments on this that I made in my reviews of The Overstory and The Lord of the Rings From this point on she addresses her letters directly to NellieThe letters written back to Celie from her sister Nettie are hidden for years by a pre repentant Mr In this letters we learn of Nettie s voyage to Africa as a missionary Nellie also has a spiritual transformation as she sees European Christianity s utter disregard for villagers and their traditions with the complete destruction and near elimination of the Olinka culture that she traveled to Africa to help There is just so much depth in this masterpiece that I will stop my review here and just urge you beg you to read this book if you have never done so It is a rare raw look at humanity and suffering but with a powerful compelling message of redemption and hope


10 thoughts on “The Color Purple

  1. says:

    I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the VS Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 123 star ratings it may receive simply because

  2. says:

    I read The Colour Purple in my early teens was traumatized by the graphic abuse portrayed and vowed to never read it again I was cur

  3. says:

    Wow I mean Really WowYou know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket

  4. says:

    Who you think you is he say You can't curse nobody Look at you You black you pore you ugly you a woman Goddam he say you nothing at all And yet she is one of the strongest characters I have ever met in literature Long before women began speaki

  5. says:

    The Color Purple is an absolute masterpiece about love and redemption Shug Celie Sofia and Nellie are some of the strongest women characters in American fiction I am literally writing this with tears streaming down my chee

  6. says:

    Before I get into this review I should let you know that the ONLY thing I knew about The Color Purple is that it was a movie in the 80s I knew nothing about the plot or subject matter – except for a few impressions of seeing Oprah and Whoopi in promotional stills or videos over the years Also I try to avoid reading book summaries unless absolutely necessary as I feel they often give too much away I felt it was important to say t

  7. says:

    ”You got to fight But I don’t know how to fight All I know how to do is stay alive”When I think about “The Color Purple” the first few words that pop into my mind are classic banned and touchy subjects I’m pretty sure I’m not alone with that I mean it’s a book every reader heard about Some of us had to read it in s

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    The Color Purple Alice WalkerThe Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction It was later adapted into a film and musica

  9. says:

    In awe of the magnificent depths within The Color Purple Would rather debunk Great American Novel contenders such as Great Gatsby On the Road or Huckleberry Finn with this Definitive American classic novel The steel strong b

  10. says:

    “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it”455 starsThe colour purple was devasta