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!DOWNLOAD ☣ 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 readers.Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, 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 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 loves. 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 this because as I have posted statuses and comments while I was reading it, I felt like there was some shock that I didn t know about it already So, now, how I was going into this book is all out on the table With that being said, this book was 100% not what I was expecting This is not a good thing or a bad thing It is just if you asked me to give a one paragraph description of what I was going to be reading about, I would have written down nothing nowhere hear this I probably would have said something like ex slaves trying to survive in the post Civil War South Well spoiler that is not what it is about.I will next mention a phrase that kept going through my head as I was trying to prepare to write my review I kept saying to myself that I am not sure I can, should, or have any right to write a review of this book It is a powerful and raw story about subject matter that is important and that I don t really know a whole lot about Because of that, I cannot say for sure how I can possibly do a review justice I decided that while I will do this review, it is important to remember that this book transcends any possible viewpoint I have of it.One thing that I came out of this book surprised about is that it is about women, women s rights, and female relationships than it is about race Don t get me wrong, race is an important element, but the way that the men view and treat women and the way the women look at and treat themselves is the crux of this story As mentioned above, this book is raw not too extreme but raw enough to warn readers that some of the subject matter is difficult and it may stir up strong emotions, especially if you are a woman.While I found the book to be powerful and important, I am going with 4 stars because I struggled at times with the writing I admit that this is just my preference and is all on me Some of you may love the way it is written, but I found that it was the reason I found myself taking long breaks from the book.This book is important to read for any person trying to make sure they hit all the classics Also, people with an interest in historical fiction and women s studies would benefit a lot from this story. Wow I mean Really Wow.You know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket WellThis 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 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 me.Walker 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 continent.I am incoherent and refuse to speak of the summary It s The Color Purple It doesn t need a summary.It is alive.It is life. 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 speaking up about their different experiences in the metoo movement, Alice Walker s Celie and her sisters resist the violence and power of the men around them and go on living through the pain and frustration, only to find life worth fighting for in the end Rarely these days do I finish a book within one sitting, but this novel was impossible to put down In a voice genuinely her own, Celie begins to tell her story of rape, loss, and forced marriage Her loneliness is so painful that she can t even think of a recipient for her letters except for God, which she imagines to be an older, white man, the very symbol of patriarchal power Wherever her life takes her, she is surrounded by men who are taught from the cradle to mistreat and look down on women in order to establish their own fragile egos While they claim to be the stronger sex, they leave it to their mothers, sisters, daughters and wives to make a living, to work for food and shelter and education.Celie s world based on submission changes when she encounters two women who refuse to bow their heads, who fight for their right to individual pride and happiness In Shug, her lover, and Sofia, her neighbour, she sees the true colour of female power the purple of queens A mix of the passionately hot blood red colour of happiness and the deeply painful and dark blue, purple is the essence of nature, the expression of the divine principle of life beyond the Christian God of the bible who is mainly catering to the white male authority that makes women suffer.The day Celie discovers that her long lost sister is still alive, she can finally drop the patriarchal god figure as a recipient of her letters written to reflect on the painful expeirence of her life and share her thoughts with somebody she loves truly and unconditionally Dear Nettie a moment of triumph caught in writing Life is not only red happiness or blue sadness, it is purple Therefore Celie s lover Shug is convinced that God is pissed whenever someone ignores the beauty of the colour purple in nature whereas he is completely absent from church.Finding spiritual support within the loving human heart is at the centre of this powerful hymn to women across the world, and while telling the story of Nettie and Celie, of Sofia and Shug, it approaches the difficult political topics of misogyny, repressed sexuality, colonialism, missionary endeavours, racism, domestic violence and poverty.Rarely have I felt a colour expressing itself so strongly in emotions Despite the terrible circumstances of life in the Deep South in the 1930s and 1940s, it is a book about the joy of living Confronted with the hatred of the man she is about to leave to embark on her first attempt at independent life, Celie answers I am pore, I m black, I may be ugly and can t cook, a voice say to everything listening But I m here And the message Alice Walker sends out to people across the world is a positive one men and women can define their own roles, they can develop and learn and change for the better Gender roles are not static, and there are moments of peace and friendship for anyone who dares to move out of the pattern of dominance that destroys the freedom of choice for both men and women.Recommended to the world, over and over 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 musical of the same name Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African American women, in the Southern United States, in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture Celie is a poor, uneducated 14 year old girl, living in the American South in the early 1900s She writes letters to God, because her stepfather, Alphonso, beats her harshly and rapes her continuously Alphonso has already impregnated Celie once, a pregnancy that resulted in the birth of a boy she named Adam Alphonso takes the baby away shortly after his birth Celie has a second child, a girl she named Olivia whom Alphonso also abducts Celie s ailing mother dies after cursing Celie on her deathbed Celie and her younger sister, 12 year old Nettie, learn that a man identified only as Mister wants to marry Nettie Alphonso refuses to let Nettie marry, instead arranging for Mister to marry Celie Mister, needing someone to care for his children and keep his house, eventually accepts the offer Mister and his children, whose mother was murdered by a jealous lover, all treat Celie badly However, she eventually gets Mister s squalid living conditions and incorrigible children under control Shortly thereafter, Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house, where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman had unknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie, however, never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead Shortly thereafter, Nettie runs away from Alphonso and takes refuge at Celie s house, where Mister makes sexual advances toward her Celie then advises Nettie to seek assistance from a well dressed black woman that she had seen in the general store a while back the woman had unknowingly adopted Celie s daughter and was the only black woman that Celie had ever seen with money of her own Nettie is forced to leave after promising to write Celie, however, never receives any letters and concludes that her sister is dead 2010 1388 306 9789641851288 20 Done my second book for booktubeathon 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 it through to a certain point, because if it were me in her skin, I probably wouldn t have been able to stay in that skin for long.It was not an easy book, neither plot nor writing were exactly motivating But I found so much hope in the first, and even happiness in the last chapters, that I just came to love it.Find of my books on Instagram 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 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 contradictorily 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 grace.P.S the film tries its damn hardest to keep up with Walker s unique 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. 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 her characters to life.Celie is the protagonist of the tale Her story is told through a series of letters written firstly to God, and then to her sister Nettie As an abused, uneducated woman abused by her father, husband, and step children who was only ever shown love by Nettie, the letters are very telling, and are the only means Celie has of expressing her feelings I adored Celie It really amazed me how a woman who was abused so much sexually, physically, verbally could still have so much love in her heart, and not be bitter Imagine hearing things like this regularly Husband to Celie Who you think you is You can t curse nobody Look at you You black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman Goddam, he say, you nothing at all But Celie is something, and one of my favourite parts of this book is the sisterhood portrayed, especially by the enigmatic Shug, who helped Celie on her journey to self realization The book has strong female characters, which is another plus I m so glad I gave this book a second chance Celie is a wonderful character and proof of the resilience of the human spirit I think us here to wonder, myself To wonder To ask And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident But you never know nothing about the big things than you start out with The I wonder, the I love. 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 devotion and great compassion This book spans years as we see their lives.Celie writes letters to God and her sister She has been abused most of her life First by her very father who abused and raped her and gave away her their babies Then she is given to a man who who abuses her This is not an easy book to read It is sad and heartbreaking at times There is rape, abuse, sexism, etc There is also hope, strength, resilience, love and yes, happiness.Celie finally finds herself after being introduced to a couple of strong women She eventually finds her inner voice and is able to find her self and her strength But the path to getting there is long and full of obstacles some of which are inside Celie Through her path of finding her inner voice, she finally fells what it is like to love and be loved To find a sense of belonging To find God To have the capacity to forgive To hold onto hope and to hold it close and cherish it In this character with see the triumph of the human spirit Against the odds, she is able to be strong Walker s writing is haunting, powerful and beautiful I love his dear eyes in which the vulnerability and beauty of his soul can be plainly read Alice Walker, The Color PurpleYes, this book is hard to read at times, but there is beauty here Such beautiful writing The dialect may be difficult at first but keep reading, you will get the hang of it This book is so worth the effort Highly Recommend.See of my reviews at www.openbookpost.com