The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple

The 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 musical of the same name.Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture....


Details The Color Purple

TitleThe Color Purple
ISBN9780671727796
Author
Release DateApr 1st, 2004
PublisherPocket
LanguageEnglish
GenreClassics, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Feminism
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Reviews The Color Purple

  • Samadrita
    2013-07-21
    I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the V.S. Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant. I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 1/2/3 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker's forthright, honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and century-old m...
  • Rowena
    2011-11-04
    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 curious about why so many of my GR friends rated it so highly and was eventually convinced to give it another go.Years after my first read, I still (of course) have the same visceral reaction to the abuse but that no longer blinds me from seeing the magnificence of Alice Walker’s storytelling, and how she brings he...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    2016-07-05
    Done my second book for #booktubeathon!
  • Educating Drew
    2011-12-27
    Wow. I mean. Really. Wow.You know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket? Well...This. Is. Not. One.The 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 not.Wow.Have you seen the movie? I had. I thought I was prepared. Because the movie was ...
  • Kai
    2015-09-17
    “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”4.5/5 starsThe colour purple was devastating from page one. I started reading this without knowing much about it. I knew it had a POC main character, heard that it was about women's rights and about abuse. I heard it was a great book. But I still did not expect this.The main character's life is miserable. I still don't understand how she made ...
  • Fabian
    2015-07-10
    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 exquisite, sometimes brutal, hues (the purple of a field of vi...
  • Aubrey
    2013-11-15
    I'm glad I got to this before my school curriculum did, cause all I would've had instead of Celie and Shug and Nettie was Miss Eleanor Jane prancing in front of the classroom at 70 to 80 years old, full of pity and the hell of good intentions that hasn't rendered the speaking of the N word despicable to her despite all proof of the contrary. Sure, I'm glad the prof didn't shaft this woman of color writer like she had with others near the beginnin...
  • Dannii Elle
    2016-09-27
    Despite finishing this over a week ago, I have staved off from writing a review as I feel anything I could write would not do the sublime elegance and exquisiteness of this book justice. The characters and their emotions are displayed in a raw and unapologetic way, their stories are dynamic and compelling, their plights are austere and penetrating, and the writing is evocative and exalted. I urge anyone and everyone to read this hard-hitting, pow...
  • Flor
    2017-11-04
    “El color púrpura” es un novela epistolar, que trata sobre la dura vida de Celie, una mujer norteamericana de raza negra, que vive en el sur de Estados Unidos a principios del siglo XX. No voy a escribir sobre la trama en sí porque terminaría haciendo spoilers. Lo que sí quiero destacar, es la evolución que hay en varios personajes, y la cantidad de emociones que me produjo leer esta historia, ya que aquí no todo es drama, también hay ...
  • Jonathan Ashleigh
    2014-10-07
    The language was harsh at first but once the flow arrived it was swift. Hardships were told in stride and empathy makes the reader want good things to happen to a few of the characters. And then, good things happen to them but they still aren't happy but they now seem content. This book was fun to read with surprisingly happy nuances described during tragic conditions.
  • F
    2017-08-06
    My gran got me this book years ago and just getting round to reading it now. It was a quick read but really emotional. Had elements in it i didnt expect.The Africa parts bored me and were very slow.
  • Scarlet Cameo
    2015-06-20
    Lectura con el grupo PopSugar Reading Challenge en EspañolCuando comencé este libro mi primer pensamiento fue "este libro quiere hacerme llorar", lo cual no siempre es bueno, hay libros que buscan manipular al lector de manera obvia para que se lamente de lo que le sucede al protagonistas, pero pasadas unas cuantas páginas me di cuenta que ese no es el objetivo de este libro, sino que nos mostraba como inicio el cambio en Celie, como ella se c...
  • AMEERA
    2016-08-06
    2.5
  • Monica
    2017-10-24
    Wow such an amazing book! Although many parts were so difficult to read, so heart breaking, its a story that sticks with you. I loved when the story expanded to include Nettie's life as a missionary. Celie's courage to endure all the hardships and losses, including the hardest loss of her sister, makes many of today's problems seem so insignificant to me. This is truly a remarkable book that I highly recommend!
  • Russ
    2007-07-13
    I first read this in high school, and really enjoyed it. I re-read it in 2007, and enjoyed it just as much the second time.First thing I should mention: This is not the book for you if you object to blunt language about sexuality, and strong language in general. The themes in this one are very real, and very shocking. However, if you can get past that, the story does offer some very touching moments.The story, in a nutshell: Celie, a poor black g...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-10-20
    The Color Purple, Alice Walker عنوان: به رنگ ارغوان؛ نویسنده: آلیس واکر؛ مترجم: امیرحسین مهدیزاده؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1388، در 306 ص؛ شابک: 9789641851288؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 ماین نویسنده میگوید: جهالت بزرگترین دشمن ماست. وی میافزاید: فکر میکنم «رنگ بنفش»...
  • Maria Espadinha
    2017-03-24
    O Cúmulo Do Machismo Já alguma vez vos ocorreu pensar sobre o Cúmulo do Machismo?Pois bem, se lerem este livro irão chegar a uma fórmula mais ou menos assim:É um marido maltratar a mulher com tal grau de brutalidade, que esta e a amante dele se tornam melhores amigas e ambas optam por vê-lo pelas costas, pirando-se juntas!...Como corolário dessa misoginia extrema, a única mulher da vida de tal homem, passa a ser um fantasma feminino, com...
  • Puck
    2017-02-20
    “I believe God is everything, say Shug. Everything that is or ever will be. And when you can feel that, and be happy to feel that, you’ve found him.” The Color Purple is a powerful book with an amazing cast of strong female characters, but in my opinion, it was 100 pages too short. I can certainly see how this book made such an impact by its discussion of (painful) topics and its feminist messages, but it was mainly the second half that bro...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    2012-04-26
    Walker's characterization is one of the best I've encountered so far in my reading. There are many memorable characters in this book, The Color Purple that I will probably remember for a long time. Walker's characters are not caricatures as they are well-developed and multi-dimensional, i.e., not only with both their good and bad sides revealed to the readers but also the reasons why they behave or think that way. Even the secondary characters li...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2015-03-30
    “It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.”- Henrik IbsenThe African village Natie visits in this book had this ritual where members are initiated to community though facial scarring. Something easily accepted by most villagers, but with which embarrasses a more conscious Tashi: “ Tashi is, unfortunately, ashamed of these scars on her face, and now hardly ever raises her head.” It is a novel about...
  • Hadrian
    2011-09-05
    I've had an awfully difficult time writing about this book, so I'll keep my thoughts to a few short points which others have doubtless said better elsewhere.The Color Purple is a series of letters written by a poor Southern black woman, Celie, to God and her sister. Because of who she is, she's placed at the bottom rung of American society due to her race, gender, semi-literacy, and her status as a target of gruesome violence. The writing style i...
  • Debra
    2011-12-29
    A Masterpiece!“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.” ― Alice Walker, The Color PurpleFrom the time I first read this book (I have read this many times), it has been a favorite. Walker has brought to life the story of two sisters: one a missionary in Africa and one a young abuse wife living in the south. Even though there is distance between them, there is great love, great devot...
  • Louize
    2011-03-19
    Since its release in 1982, The Color Purple had been a subject of frequent censorship due to its violent sexual content and language. Not to mention the casual and constant change of partners, lesbianism and the polygamous society of the Olinka tribe. Written in epistolary form, the book is a series of letters addressed to God through which our protagonist, Celie, found solace in her chaotic life. She exists in a time of male dominance and fixed ...
  • Candi
    2013-09-16
    Heart-stirring and powerful, The Color Purple is truly inspiring - I don’t know what took me so long to get around to reading this novel! Most readers will know the background to this one, either through the book or the movie. So, I won’t rehash the plot here, but I will share some quick thoughts. My feelings were all over the place with this one. Sometimes outraged, often saddened, occasionally amused, but ultimately I felt joyful as I reach...
  • Stepheny
    2012-10-30
    I’ve had The Color Purple on my TBR list for a long, long time. I had had it on my kindle for almost 2 whole years prior to me reading it. But, I’m a mood reader and I wait for the book to call to me. I started it, put it on hold while I did a couple buddy reads and finally got around to finishing it.There was only one thing in the whole book that bothered me and it was the character that is consistently referred to as Mr.____. Throughout the...
  • Adira
    2013-03-04
    I can't believe I ever gave this a three star rating. I'm glad I reread this book now that I'm older and can appreciate what's being written. It really is a masterpiece.
  • Amanda Prado
    2017-02-11
    tag this as lgbt u fuckos, celia is a gd lesbian, dont gal pal her and shug!!!!!at one point celia says all men look like frogs to her. an american hero.
  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2017-05-25
    What can I say about THE COLOR PURPLE? Wow. It's the ultimate story of survival, even when everything in life is stacked against you. When Celie tells her sister Nettie to write, and Nettie responds "Nothing but death can keep me from it!" well, that's when the tears start flowing. I've loved this book for 25 years, and just recently did I get a chance to listen to it on audio. It's narrated by the author herself, Alice Walker, and her voice was ...
  • Erika Curtis
    2017-01-02
    This was probably one of the most beautiful books I've ever read, which is why I flew through it.
  • Vanessa
    2017-01-30
    I remember as a young child my sister watching the movie and crying bucket loads, I vowed from her reaction no way in hell I would watch the movie seeing her almost guttural cries. Fast forward many years and finding this book land on my lap, how could I not read it now.. maybe the book won't be so brutal? Wrong! You really feel the injustice and outrage and you really can't help but feel for the characters. Poor Celie doesn't get much of a chanc...