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*Read E-pub õ The Color Purple ⚫ 'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read is stunningmoving, exciting, and wonderful' Lenny HenrySet in the deep American south between the wars, this is the classic tale of Celie, a young poor black girl Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her no better than a slave She is separated from her sister Nettie and dreams of becoming like the glamorous Shug Avery, a singer and rebellious black woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually Celie discovers the support of women that enables her to leave the past behind and begin a new life “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”4.5/5 starsThe colour purple was devastating from page one I started reading this without knowing much about it I knew it had a POC main character, heard that it was about women's rights and about abuse I heard it was a great book But I still did not expect this.The main character's life is miserable I still don't understand how she made it through to a certain point, because if it were me in her skin, I probably wouldn't have been able to stay in that skin for long.It was not an easy book, neither plot nor writing were exactly motivating But I found so much hope in the first, and even happiness in the last chapters, that I just came to love it.Findof my books on Instagram I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the V.S Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 1/2/3 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker's forthright, honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and centuryold misconceptions And I award this 5 stars, symbolically on Banned Books Week as an apology for all the cowardly sentiments of the ones who misuse their power by banning books, thereby shutting out many powerful voices which demand and need to be heard.In my eyes, an author's merit lies not only in their sense of aesthetic beauty, but also in the scope and reach of their worldviews which must reflect in their craft.Alice Walker's is the voice of one such African American writer that recounts a story which not only breaches the boundaries of an issue like emancipation of women but tries to detect a common pattern in problems plaguing civilizations across continents She gives us one horrifying glimpse after another into the lives of women ravaged by unspeakable brutalities like rape and abuse, lives searching for meaning and connection and seeking out that elusive ray of hope amidst the darkness of despair And by the end of the narrative, she brings to light with great sensitivity, that misogyny, sexism and blind patriarchal prejudices are as rampantly in vogue in the urban, upscale sphere of American cities as they are in the intractable, untameable African landscapes.Celie and Nettie Shug Avery, Sofia and Mary Agnes Tashi and Olivia All these are but different names and many facets of the same disturbing reality.If the lives of Celie and Nettie are torn apart by sexual abuse and humiliation from childhood, then Tashi and other unnamed young African girls of the Olinka tribe are victims of genital mutilation and other forms of psychological and physical torture.If the men of African American families dehumanize the female members to the point of treating them as mere caregivers and sex slaves, then the objectification of African women by the men of their families is no less appalling And contrary to accepted beliefs, white families in America are just as easily susceptible to misogyny as the African American families are.But Alice Walker doesn't only stop at opening our eyes to the uncivilized aspects of our socalled civilized world, but also shows us how knowledge of the world and people at large, selfawareness and education can help exorcize such social evils, how it is never too late to gain a fresh perspective, start anew and how empowerment of women eventually empowers society.Dear David Gilmour, if I were a professor of English literature I'd have taught Alice Walker to my students without a shred of hesitation, because here's an author who may not possess the trademark sophistication of Virginia Woolf's lyrical prose but who, nonetheless, fearlessly broaches subjects many masters and mistresses of the craft may balk at dealing with.Alice Walker: 5 | David Gilmour: 0
I read The Colour Purple in my early teens, was traumatized by the graphic abuse portrayed, and vowed to never read it again I was curious about why so many of my GR friends rated it so highly and was eventually convinced to give it another go.Years after my first read, I still (of course) have the same visceral reaction to the abuse but that no longer blinds me from seeing the magnificence of Alice Walker’s storytelling, and how she brings her characters to life.Celie is the protagonist of the tale Her story is told through a series of letters written firstly to God, and then to her sister Nettie As an abused, uneducated woman (abused by her father, husband, and stepchildren) who was only ever shown love by Nettie, the letters are very telling, and are the only means Celie has of expressing her feelings I adored Celie It really amazed me how a woman who was abused so much (sexually, physically, verbally) could still have so much love in her heart, and not be bitter Imagine hearing things like this regularly: (Husband to Celie) – “Who you think you is? You can’t curse nobody Look at you You black, you pore, you ugly, you a woman Goddam, he say, you nothing at all.” But Celie is something, and one of my favourite parts of this book is the sisterhood portrayed, especially by the enigmatic Shug, who helped Celie on her journey to selfrealization The book has strong female characters, which is another plus I’m so glad I gave this book a second chance Celie is a wonderful character and proof of the resilience of the human spirit “I think us here to wonder, myself To wonder To ask And that in wondering bout the big things and asking bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident But you never know nothingabout the big things than you start out with TheI wonder, theI love.” Wow I mean Really Wow.You know how there are some books and their words wrap around you like a comforting blanket? WellThis Is Not One.The Color Purple rips the clothes right off of your skin, leaving you bare and vulnerable From the first freakin' moment opening the page You are just THERE and you can't be anywhere else but THERE Even when you're not.Wow.Have you seen the movie? I had I thought I was prepared Because the movie was devastating I remember vividly being in the house that me and a couple of college friends rented, sitting there in the dark, all of us sitting on our furniture, chain smoking, drinking wine and crying The movie didn't prepare me.Walker's words are music Sometimes a sweet melody, but mostly a cacophony of pain and sorrow Oh and how the characters change and grow with time, how they eventually find peace And the dichotomy of the South and Africa? It makes me yearn to find pieces of literature that can show me the mysteries of that continent.I am incoherent and refuse to speak of the summary It's The Color Purple! It doesn't need a summary.It is alive.It is life.