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The Color Purple

Walker, Alice, 1944-

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Color Purple
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The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates--are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, [2006], c1982
ISBN: 0156031825
9780156031820
Branch Call Number: CLASSICS FIC W
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 18 cm.

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Nov 24, 2014
  • schaefem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a stunning book that's written so uniquely. It is beautiful while at the same time raw - no sugar coating here. This story, as many of Alice Walker's, illustrates the lasting effects of trauma and oppression and how they pass through generations.

Nov 05, 2014
  • bibliozo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

a great story of resilience held together by love

Jun 20, 2014
  • cellering rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A great novel about overcoming life's obstacles and finding joy in the small things. This is a book that is worth buying for the book shelf. It definitely stands the test of time.

May 17, 2014
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In rural Georgia near the beginning of the 20th century, Celie's abusive husband brings his mistress, Shug Avery, to live with them while she’s battling an illness. Not only does Shug influence "Mr." to stop abusing Celie, but she shows Celie how to stand up for herself. As Celie develops her self-worth, she learns to derive pleasure from the simple beauty of God’s creation, such as a field of purple flowers. ***Spoiler Alert***Life really gets better for Celie when Shug discovers a trunk full of old letters Mr. had been hiding. They’re from Celie's long-lost sister, Nettie, who has gone with the preacher, his wife, and their two adopted children to work as missionaries in Africa. Nettie’s words bring more good news to Celie, and soon the sisters are reunited. After years of experiencing cruelty, Celie finally experiences love—physical, emotional, and spiritual. This complex, beautifully written novel is one of my all-time favorites. Great choice for a book discussion group. The Color Purple was also made into a movie, but it’s worth the extra few hours spent reading Walker’s glorious prose to get the full effect of the story.

Apr 25, 2014
  • kzuiderveld rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I first read this 20 years ago and since then not one book has captured my heart the way this story has. My favorite all time storytelling.

great read, I especially enjoyed the end where Celie was able to heal and move forward amidst all the hurt and pain that she had experienced.

Feb 24, 2013
  • mogie rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I am indifferent towards this book. I did not find it particularly compelling but it wan't poorly written or boring. It picked up as it went along but I struggled to complete it. The kit is good with many resources.

Jan 25, 2013
  • K_ROK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great book, fantastic story. Very important piece of literature.

Aug 19, 2012
  • Incarnadine rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing book.

Jul 21, 2012
  • YELLOWLION rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

nice

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  • cellering rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Jun 03, 2011
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Apr 22, 2011
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jun 07, 2008
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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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