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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | May 28, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The Color Purple is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 28, 2003

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156028352

ISBN - 13: 9780156028356

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Colour Purple(Highly Recommended “The Colour Purple” is a very intense, emotional and toughing piece of writing. Alice Walker is a very gifted and affective author. This novel tells of a girl named Celie whose childhood is taking from her at a young age and she could tell no one but God. The only person who stays by her side and makes her feel loved is her little sister, Nettie. When she is 14, her step-father whom she thinks is her father at the time, rapes and impregnates her twice. He sells the babies so no one will even suspect he is the father. Her mother who never founds out eventually dies and the family looks to Celie for care. Celie later on marries off to a man who initially wants Nettie. This man referred to as “Mr.” settles for Celie because their step-father refuses to give him Nettie. Nettie runs to Celie and Mr. when her father attempts to make her sleep with him but is kicked out by Mr. because she refuses to sleep with him either. He vows to keep her and Celie apart forever. Nettie ends up finding Celie’s children and their parents then moves to Africa with them as a missionary. Celie has to put up with Mr.’s children and the woman he’s loved all his life, Shug Avery. Despite all of the care and admiration, Shug treats Celie terribly but later comes to not only like, but love her. Shug is the one who saves Celie from her living nightmare and helps her start over. Celie over comes all the people who held her down, establishes a successful business, inherits her mother’s house as well as her father’s store, and is reunited with Nettie and her children. After reading this novel and viewing the film version critically, I feel that Steven Spielberg’s vision of the novel and mine were very similar. The way I envisioned the novel on film was slightly more detailed than Mr. Spielberg portrayed it. As I read, I saw myself in it, watching everything as it happens. In the beginning, everything is dark and grim. You can feel Celie’s (the main character) pain as she is raped and abused throughout the book. It was as if I was seeing everything they said and did. This is why I feel the novel was more enjoyable. The actors/actresses chosen were very similar to what I envisioned the characters as and I feel they played their roles well. Though the plots were almost identical, the novel remains my preference. The main flaw of the film is the lack scenes from Nettie’s life as the years go by. Unlike the film, the novel tells both stories throughout the book, allowing everything to come together more affectively and making the reunion a moving moment. Three quarters through the film is when Nettie’s letters are found and scenes are shown as Celie reads through them. Overall, both the novel and film were amazing. I would recommend the novel to anyone who can handle a tough, intense story with a beautiful ending.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story of a woman's empowerment Alice Walker's The Color Purple, written in 1982, is a story about an African-American woman that is oppressed most of her life and mistreated. By writing letters to God does she find her salvation. I did not like how the story was written through letters, but that was the most effective means to communicate it. I was not able to relate to the protagonist, Celie, but I did pity her situation and wanted to know more of the story she was trying to tell. The story starts when Celie is younger, 14, living with her father and dying mother. Celie has been raped by her father and impregnated by him twice. Unable to be properly educated, the part of the novel that consists of her letters is told without the use of proper English. Her father takes her children away from her and gets her married off to a man referred to as Mr. _____. The use of such names shows Celie’s rejection of the marriage. Celie works hard for her husband and his children, but is looked down upon as ugly, and even beaten. Mr. _____ brings Shug Avery, an independent woman that Mr.______ was and is in love with, into his home. Shug is predicted not to live long because of her weak state. She is rude to Celie, but Celie thinks she is beautiful, and cares for her. This starts the relationship between two women, from which Celie is able to realize that she is worth something. Watch Celie grow up and become empowered with the love of a woman. Will Celie ever find her missing sister, Nettie? 3.5/5
Date published: 2009-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book is filled with emotion, passion and understanding.It's a truely great book, one of the best books I've read in awhile
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and beautiful What a beautiful work. I had seen the movie version of this book years ago but had never quite gotten around to reading the book itself. However, I have tickets to the theatre production of the same story and I felt I could not fully appreciate it unless I read the book. Once more the movie pales in comparison to the written word. The tone is both simple and mature the individuals come alive and are vivid, the sentiments real and not promotional and the text stands without judging... a truly successful work of literature and a must read. Simply splendid.
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the color purple this is actually a really good book. when I first picked it up i thought it would be boring but when i started reading I was truly amazed. Alice Walker is an amazing author who knows how to use words like no other author I've read. go read this.
Date published: 2005-09-15

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The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: May 28, 2003

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0156028352

ISBN - 13: 9780156028356

About the Book

<div>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.<br></div>

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You better not never tell nobody but God. It''d kill your mammy. Dear God, I am fourteen years old. I am I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me. Last spring after little Lucious come I heard them fussing. He was pulling on her arm. She say It too soon, Fonso, I ain''t well. Finally he leave her alone. A week go by, he pulling on her arm again. She say Naw, I ain''t gonna. Can''t you see I''m already half dead, an all of these chilren. She went to visit her sister doctor over Macon. Left me to see after the others. He never had a kine word to say to me. Just say You gonna do what your mammy wouldn''t. First he put his thing up gainst my hip and sort of wiggle it around. Then he grab hold my titties. Then he push his thing inside my pussy. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it. But I don''t never git used to it. And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook. My mama she fuss at me an look at me. She happy, cause he good to her now. But too sick to last long. Dear God, Mr. ______ finally come right out an ast for Nettie hand in marriage. But He won''t let her go. He say she too young, no experience. Say Mr. ______ got too many children already. Plus What about the scandal his wife cause when somebody kill her? And what about all this stuff he hear bout Shug Avery? What bout that? I ast our new mammy bout Shug Avery. What it is? I ast. She don''t know but she s
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From the Publisher

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.

About the Author

Best-selling novelist ALICE WALKER is the author of five other novels, five collections of short stories, six collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, including the most recentHard Times Require Furious Dancing,and several children''s books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages.

Editorial Reviews

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