The Color Purple

The Color PurpleThe Color Purple by Alice Walker
on January 1st 1970
ISBN: 0671617028
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A Masterpiece!

“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

From the time I first read this book (I have read this many times), it has been a favorite. Walker has brought to life the story of two sisters: one a missionary in Africa and one a young abuse wife living in the south. Even though there is distance between them, there is great love, great devotion and great compassion. This book spans years as we see their lives.

Celie writes letters to God and her sister. She has been abused most of her life. First by her very father who abused and raped her and gave away her/their babies. Then she is given to a man who who abuses her. This is not an easy book to read. It is sad and heartbreaking at times. There is rape, abuse, sexism, etc. There is also hope, strength, resilience, love and yes, happiness.

Celie finally finds herself after being introduced to a couple of strong women. She eventually finds her inner voice and is able to find her self and her strength. But the path to getting there is long and full of obstacles – some of which are inside Celie. Through her path of finding her inner voice, she finally fells what it is like to love and be loved. To find a sense of belonging. To find God. To have the capacity to forgive. To hold onto hope and to hold it close and cherish it. In this character with see the triumph of the human spirit. Against the odds, she is able to be strong.

Walker’s writing is haunting, powerful and beautiful.

I love his dear eyes in which the vulnerability and beauty of his soul can be plainly read.”
― Alice Walker, The Color Purple

Yes, this book is hard to read at times, but there is beauty here. Such beautiful writing. The dialect may be difficult at first but keep reading, you will get the hang of it. This book is so worth the effort.

Highly Recommend.