The Color Purple

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Harcourt, 1982 - Fiction - 294 pages
733 Reviews
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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Easy to read, great story, Loved it! - weRead
Only the ending is a little disappointing. - weRead
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The narrative voice of Celie is brilliant. - weRead
brilliant depiction of characters. - weRead
classic black storytelling - weRead

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This book is amazing! Celie is a beautifully honest, sincere and heartbreaking character. This epistolary novel is set in the 1930s poverty stricken American South. Naive Celie is only 14 years old ... Read full review

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Powerful telling of a story filled with racism, sexism, oppression and the final triumph of human hope and courage over all the negativism. It was a difficult read, especially the spoken English ... Read full review

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About the author (1982)

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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