The first two "sections" took me into Seely and Netty's experiences in a way that only Middlemarch matches (in my reading). The second half of the book seemed more talky or obviously calculated and far less engaging.
I liked the reader's pace and voice, although it is possible that a more experienced reader could have made the second half more interesting.
lover of books
Read this book years ago when I was in high school. This is the first time I've reed it again. I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time but better as an adult.
The best part was having Alice Walker read her own book; you knew that the characters sounded exactly the way she wanted them to. Fascinatingly powerful portrayal of US culture.
I grew up as clueless as some in this book...in Memphis. My daddy was a truck driver, but we had a black woman who ironed for us. My godmother had a full time maid....no children! She was born in early 1900s....grew up in the country...never questioned the way things were...
I hadn’t watched the movie and didn’t really know anything about the book. I didn’t really like it. As a point of comparison, it’s not as moving or memorable as Roots or The Help, both of which I enjoyed. The book started good but got tiresome fairly quickly. It was a twisted tale that I didn’t really care about what happened to the characters or how it ended. It was not so bad that I felt I should not continue, however. Here and there were a few interesting parts, but overall not too special. I’m not religious but I liked the religious themes more than anything else, for example @ 5:07. I was surprised by lesbian scenes. Author’s narration was actually pretty good. Overall, an average book that I don’t recommend unless you're familiar with the book and know what you're getting into.
I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
This is a book here! I remember watching "The Color Purple" in my later years of school and always remembering small catch phrases and thinking of Oprah telling it like it is. I regret that it took me so long to listen to this one. I thought the movie was incredible until I heard this! Why did they leave so many important things out of the movie? I know the movie couldn't be four hours long, but it should have been! The book is such a masterpiece. The ending is so perfect. The story really came full circle. As much as I hated that bastard Master, by the end, I really had grown fond of him in a way. I will say that the first few minutes had my jaw dropped on the ground and me taking the book off of the speaker and putting my headphones on instead. I have got an eleven year old son and some of the words in this book would make me blush! Once you get used to some of the graphic and direct language you understand that it is part of Ms. Celie's character. She was never taught that it isn't appropriate (in my opinion anyway) for A lady to speak that way. I loved the ending. I cried happy tears for them! I hated to let these characters go! I could have listened for days more and it still wouldn't have been enough.
I loved how easy it was to get lost in, very emotionally consuming.
I have no book I can compare to, but a movie... And I would say Forrest Gump. Same inspirational, " from nothing to something" feel.
Don't count your eggs before they hatch
This was a very beautiful story.
Well read as hoped. Well written as believed. But surprisingly hopeless at the culmination when Sealy believes in nothing and everything. Depressing.