The Color Purple

The Color Purple

eBook - 2011
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Now a Broadway musical starring Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks: Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, a powerful novel of courage in the face of oppression Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she's badly treated by her family. As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear. Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home. The Color Purple's deeply inspirational narrative, coupled with Walker's prodigious talent as a stylist and storyteller, have made the novel a contemporary classic of American letters. This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author's personal collection.
Publisher: [United States] : Open Road Media, 2011
ISBN: 9781453223970
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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BethE_KCMO Feb 06, 2019

One of my favorite books of all time. Great characters and story! I loved the strong female characters and the struggles they had to overcome.

Nov 11, 2018

The characters in this book freely abuse Celie. The constantly put-upon girl grows up never expecting anything else.

Her redemption is as satisfying as can be, and the peace she finds is almost enviable.

The story is beautifully told, with the plot unfolding through letters written by Celie and her sister.

Oct 25, 2018

The characters in this book are wonderful. It is a very raw book that is the story of two sisters bound by hard times.

Sep 05, 2018

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"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker... A true classic novel by the African American writer who changed the relationships in the Black Community forever! The student of Toni Morrison of "The Bluest Eyes" fame and Zora Neal Hurston the writer of "Their Eyes Are Watching God".

The Color Purple story begins with the birthing process by a teen mom who is giving birth to a second child who is then taken and put up for adoption, a rough start to a hard story that features, a pre-industrial age agricultural small town of African Americans all struggling to make ends, and raise families without running into conflict with larger White Society.

A rich tapestry of smalltown life featuring a complex cast of characters leading lives of hidden sorrows, joys and aspirations. The chapters are condensed into "letters" between the main character "Ceillie" and God.

As a young teenager, Ceillie is traded for a cow as part of an arranged marriage to a widower simply known as "Mister", a single father with six kids, a dirty house, and no one to look after them. In short order "Ceillie" gets things in shape, as she organizes, cleans, combs hair, and transforms a hot mess into a livable environment. A rough beginning to a tough story. She openly questions "Mister's" parenting skills and finds out that he's extremely abusive.

A complex co-mingling of backstories narrated by self-taught "Ceillie" who now has matured into a stable human being although suffering through heartache, abuse, loneliness and underestimation at the hands of "Mister", to emerge as a educated, reader, who makes her own clothing while caring for the multiple relationships that she surrounded herself with. A twist to the story is the interjection of "Suga", "Mister's"former mistress, and "one who got away" who enters the story fresh from performing and recovering from a longterm drinking binge. A sirly woman, fresh from the Juke Joint circuit tour where she was the featured entertainer.

Even "Suga" gives into "Ceillie's" home cooking, empathy, and sweet ways as she surrenders to her down-home charms. The two become friends and build a alliance that gets stronger over time. And though time passes quickly in this story "Ceillie" and "Suga's" relationship grow and envelops the lives of the rest of the cast of characters that come in and out of their lives, each adding to an already rich and complex story. The Color Purple is deep and meaningful and is clearly a masterwork contained in just under 300 pages.

Reviewed by Ghettostone Publications Company- Editor/Chief Michael R. Brown
The Best Sellers Book Club highly recommends this title to all readers!!!
We agree that it should be considered as a classic tale that enriches the soul!

ArapahoeElia Jul 18, 2018

Beautiful, sweet, painful, heartbreaking, messy, and wonderful storytelling. Alice Walker is a master wordsmith.

Jul 10, 2018

The Color Purple is told from such an interesting perspective that it's hard to put the book down! This book is definitely worth the read as you go through the emotional roller coaster that these sisters endure as they spend their lives apart from one another.

JCLEmilyD Mar 22, 2018

This is one of those books that they say you need to read, and I'm so glad I did. The beginning of this book is painful, it has rape, poverty, death, and loss. But throughout the book the main character, Celie, begins to find herself, her voice, and her God. Wonderfully written in the form of letters and in the dialect of the mid-20th century southern black communities.

Dec 04, 2017

A beautiful example of diverse fiction. The emotional and heart-breaking tale of two sisters who end up with very separate lives and their journey to find each other. This book is told from an interesting perspective, in the form of letters the two sisters send each other as they grow up and old over the years. An outstanding story that will last through the centuries.

ArapahoeJennieB May 12, 2017

A beautifully written story of a friendship that becomes so much more, and about the deep bonds that connect women.

May 06, 2017

The guilt felt by white liberals about black slavery has led to an undeserved adulation of the negro in the present day. I say undeserved as the negro has contributed little or nothing to technology, the arts, or humanity: no major inventions, no great painting, and no great writing. The Color Purple is garbage concealed in a semi-argot of ignorant black speech. The first half of the book is the continual rut of the negro male; the second half is beatification of life in a grass hut environment in Africa where man supposedly arose, but civilization never occurred.
As the empty suit that is obama was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace even before he created enmity and destruction for eight long years, this tripe was awarded prizes similarly just for being negro.

Tagged as offensive? By what? Must be a negro; is there one who can read? A coon, or a smegma eating libtard--both are perennially offended.

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britprincess1ajax Sep 25, 2016

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

britprincess1ajax Sep 25, 2016

"I hadn't realized I was so ignorant, Celie. The little I knew about my own self wouldn't have filled a thimble! And to think Miss Beasley always said I was the smartest child she ever taught! But one thing I do thank her for, for teaching me to learn for myself, by reading and studying and writing a clear hand. And for keeping alive in me somehow the desire to know."

britprincess1ajax Sep 25, 2016

"All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men. But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house."


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Nahnsu Jul 09, 2013

Celie, a fourteen year old black girl, lives with her dying mother and abusive father in the South. Her father rapes her, impregnating her twice, and then rids himself of the children after birth. She learns to obey men to the letter, to grow used to beatings, and has dropped out of school in order to do housework. However, her "cleverer" and "prettier" sister, Nettie, is allowed to continue her studies, and is lusted after by a Mr. Johnson, who is known to have a dark past with a woman named Shug Avery. However, Nettie declines the mans advances, and the father offers Celie instead. Nettie and Celie are separated for years, each making their own discoveries about love, god and bigotry.

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