The Color Purple

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Harcourt, 2006 - Fiction - 294 pages
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Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister," a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

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Alice Walker's writing is engaging. - LibraryThing
It wasn't difficult to read because of this. - LibraryThing
Well, strong Black women characters. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - fefferbooks - LibraryThing

Aww, I'd love to give this book more stars. I really enjoyed the writing style, and I LOVED the characters. Even the awful ones, because none of them turned out to be one-dimensional in the end. Sign ... Read full review

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User Review  - Courtney.Francis - LibraryThing

I loved this book about a black girl, Celie and her life struggle with separation from her sister and how she is mistreated by first her father and then her husband and stepchildren. Always a good book to recommend. Read full review

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple, which was preceded by The Third Life of Grange Copeland and Meridian. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three collections of essays, five volumes of poetry and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California.

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