the color purple

title: The Color Purple

author: Alice Walker

genre: Fiction, growing up, family, oppression

dates read: August 27th – August 28th

review: 5 out of 5 stars

summary: Celie does not have an easy life.  Her father begins abusing her when she’s about fourteen and when her mother dies, the abuse worsens.  She gives birth to two children, who are both taken away from her.  Eventually, she is forced to marry a man who mistreats her and she becomes responsible for his children.  Other women come into Celie’s life and show her that she doesn’t have to suffer under the tyranny of men.  Eventually, she starts to learn this and internalize it for herself.  Her story is told through letters to God and then later to and from her younger sister Nettie.

personal thoughts: This was a tough read because of some of the explicit things that happened to Celie and some of the other female characters.  The development of Celie as she gets older is truly amazing to watch.  While her life is not happy, she carries on and preservers, even though she sometimes wants to give up.  The great love that she has for her friends and family is beautiful.  As much as is possible with a book of this subject matter, I really enjoyed it.

favorite quotes:
“The Lord don’t like ugly, she say.  And he ain’t stuck on pretty.” p. 42

“He clear his throat a lot, like everything he say need announcement.” p. 56

“He looked toward the creek every once in a while and whistle a little tune.  But it nothing compared to the way he usually whistle.  His little whistle sound like it lost way down in a jar, and the jar in the bottom of the creek.” p. 71

“unbelief is a terrible thing.  And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly.” p. 191

“The years have come and gone without a single word from you.  Only the sky above us do we hold in common.” p. 195, 196

“Man corrupt everything, say Shug. . .He try to make you think he everywhere.  Soon as you think he everywhere, you think he God.  But he ain’t.” p. 204

“I went on up to bed.  But sleep remain a stranger to this night.” p. 258


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