The Color Purple

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1982 - Fiction - 294 pages
146 Reviews
Now a Broadway musical
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
 
Winner of the National Book Award
 
Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. This is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South--who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

"Intense emotional impact . . . Indelibly affecting . . . Alice Walker is a lavishly gifted writer." -- New York Times Book Review

"Places Walker in the company of Faulkner." -- The Nation

"Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A novel of permanent importance." -- Peter S. Prescott, Newsweek
 

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Ending was very satisfying. - LibraryThing
Alice Walker's writing is engaging. - LibraryThing
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Well, strong Black women characters. - LibraryThing

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Don't be put off by the author's cringe-inducing preface; this is one of the best novels ever written. Very cleverly done, the way that the characters reflect each other and how the language itself ... Read full review

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This well known novel packs a powerful punch. The story is told to us entirely through the narration and letters written by and to Celie, an African-American girl who comes of age in the South at the ... 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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