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review 2016-12-04 06:42
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple has a reputation. Everyone someone asked what I was reading this week, they mostly responded with an appalled, “Why?” The book (and the movie) has cut such a swath across American culture that even people who haven’t read the novel know that it’s about terrible abuse and suffering. And yet, I chose to read it. It’s a classic of African American literature, but I think I read it just to find out what all the fuss was about...

 

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.

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text 2016-06-20 01:00
My reading week
The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The Jungle - Upton Sinclair,Earl Lee,Kathleen DeGrave
Career of Evil - Robert Galbraith
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void By Mary Roach(A)/Sandra Burr(N) [Audiobook] - Author
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End - Atul Gawande
The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Revised Edition: An Account in Words and Pictures - Phoebe Gloeckner

This week I finished one book, The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I found the book to be hard to read. Not so much because of the subject matter but because of the way the book was written. I found myself having to read parts of it out loud in order to "hear" the characters talking, especially where Cecie is the narrator. I now have the movie version queued up on Netflix.

 

After finishing that, I also finished reading the diary of a Teenage girl which I can't say I enjoyed but I was a big fan of the illustrations. For much of the book I felt like shaking Minnie and screaming in her face because she annoyed me so much, although to be honest, the adults in her life were total sleaze bags so it is not surprising how fucking awful Minnie was. 

 

Now I made the mistake of starting four books at once. I started The Jungle, but immediately realized I needed a more modern book to balance things out and I stared Career of Evil Then on my Kindle I started Packing for Mars, only to immediately get informed that the electronic hold I had on Being Mortal came in so I downloaded and started reading that. So in the space of like a day I had four books going.

 

I think that next week I'll be on vacation, and aside from cleaning I'm going to be doing a lot of reading. 

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photo 2016-05-25 16:16

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review 2016-04-22 09:05
The Color Purple - Alice Walker

Set in the Deep south Georgia, And I can only think in 1920s or 1930s?

We meet Celie and her sister. Right off the bat Celie drops a line in the book that rips you to your core of what she has to deal with.


 The entire book is told through Diary Entries, This book pulled at my heart strings. Because this book focus's on Poverty, Sexual Oppression, Racial Oppression as well as the separation of her and her sister. It has a lot of heartbreaking moments as well as touching ones, As you read through and learn about not only Celies life but those around her and some of the chars in this book, as they also deal with there day to day matters. in the times when the south was a very Hard place to live.

All in all its a beautiful book and well worth a read. I also highly recommend the move too! with Whoopi Goldberg as she does a stunning performance as Celie.

   
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review 2016-03-10 18:14
Review: The Color Purple
The Color Purple - Alice Walker

 

When I have a ho-hum attitude about a well-received book that I expected to like, I have to wonder what I missed. The Color Purple was supposed to be great. Many reviewers I tend to agree with gave the novel their highest accolades. Typically, I agree with these sorts of books--Beloved and Ruby are two books with similar themes that also tackle issues both horrific and relevant. So what did I miss with The Color Purple?



I wonder if much of the praise centers around the original publication of the novel. Was The Color Purple the most honest novel regarding the post-Civil War life of the southern black? Was it the first to focus on primarily women characters? One would have to ignore the four Toni Morrison novels that had already been published by 1982 to assume this fact, not to mention novels that had been published during the Harlem Renaissance and in the subsequent years.



Perhaps the likability is the result of the philosophical musings the story captures. Questions of theology and the African woman's relationship with God abound. Yet, this doesn't seem to be enough to sustain the average reader. What else could it be? The bond between the sisters? The misandry? The happy ending? Frankly, all I can do is guess.



Personally, I didn't hate the novel, by any means, but I did find it rather uneventful. Perhaps the hype had crushed it for me. Perhaps the warnings of “graphic content” seemed excessive when compared to the likes of Ruby—a novel with truly excessive graphic content. In the end, however, what left me least impressed was the story itself and its delivery: two sisters, divided, telling two different stories through unreceived letters.



The more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that what draws people to this story are the joys. Yes, it's a sad story with all kinds of horrors, but the focus is the color purple, the pleasure of the world. It's about a love between sisters that conquers all. Through my many years of reading, I've seen that many readers like to feel a range of emotions throughout a book, but that the feeling they want to be bowled over by in the end is joy. I cannot be counted as one of these readers and that is perhaps why I was underwhelmed by The Color Purple. I felt for Sethe in Beloved. I felt very strongly for Ruby, Ephram, and many characters in Ruby. Yet, for Celie and Nettie, I felt little. They seemed strong enough to not need my pity. They found beauty in the world around them and strength within their selves, and there was nothing anyone could do to completely crush them. As a weak and frail human, I cannot relate; therefore, I surmise, that it is because of my own weakness I could not identify with this story. What a humbling experience.

 

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