this book is amazing. I've seen the movie countless times but never read the book. it was wonderful to get the full story and experience the love, loss, pain, and joy of Celie's life. I know I'll listen again.
I selected this book for a college course I'm taking. This book could not have been more enjoyable. Now I have to see the movie! This book was hard to put down, I give it two thumbs up and five stars!
love the story all over again. discovered new details about the story that I didn't know before.
Ever since I saw the movie when it came out, I've been wanting to read the book. If you think the movie is good, the book is better! The last couple chapters are touching. Celie was dealt a hard life, yet she never gives up. Her courage lands her with the ability to make her own way, which leads her to a reward of happiness and respect.
What can be said that already hasn't about this book? Black or white, Christian or just spiritual , this book is for any woman who ever felt like they simply existed for someone else or just they didn't have a place in this world. Beautifully read and perfotmed, this book never ceases to keep me riveted.
Each time I read this novel, I find different things to love. First, it was that Celie loved women, then it was how her conception of God changes through the novel, then how all the women grew, but only after eliminating the men in their lives (and how some of the men grew when the women stepped away.)
This reading however, I was more struck by Walker's prose. Some complain of the difficulty of the dialect, but I found the opposite — perhaps because I tend to 'hear' the language of books and am a slow reader because of it. Walker's use of the dialect makes the book sing with the rhythms and metaphors of a culture. The reader can 'hear' Celie's growth, and listen to the world Celie in habits through her language.
There is a brilliance to Walker for daring to write in the Black vernacular of the early 20th Century and daring the reader to read it. Had her story not been so powerful, so resonate, many would have dismissed the novel. But Walker proved that good story can overcome bias and cultural differences.
The movie is my all time favorite, but the book is 100x better. I found myself remembering the scenes from the movie and filling in the blanks with the information that was left out of the movie. I LOVE Alice Walker, always have. And to hear her narrate her own book, just the way she meant it to be read, was also an awesome experience. I fell in love with this story all over again.
One of my favorite movies and this book is even better! Im usually skeptical about author narration but Ms. Walker did a great job.