The Color Purple is a story of survival, spirituality, and the strength of the bond between two sisters, spanning two continents and nearly three decades. To hear Alice Walker read her own Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is an absolute treasure. Walker’s voice is clear, strong, and true a testament to the courage and hope that carries the main character Celie through the story.
Celie’s circumstances are unimaginable poor, female, uneducated, motherless, and African American in the Deep South she is without anyone to protect her, except her God. It is her communication with God and her other savior, her sister Nettie that sustains her and supplies the narrative of The Color Purple. At the beginning of the novel, Celie’s communication with both God and Nettie is one-way, however, as Nettie has been swept away from her, all the way to Africa, and God sends her few signs he is watching over her.
As Celie survives sexual abuse from her stepfather, the death of her mother, the violent loss of her two children, and marriage to the monstrous and cruel “Mister”, she remains kind and loving through it all. When the beautiful and liberated singer Shug Avery comes into her life, Celie is opened up. Shug tells Celie, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Someone other than Nettie finally loves Celie, and she begins to truly see the beauty around her and believe her life is worth something.
In the preface, Walker says The Color Purple is the story of Celie’s journey from her place as “a spiritual captive” to “the realization that she…is a radiant expression…of the Divine”. Throughout the novel, Walker’s voice audibly breaks free of the bonds of abuse and cruelty into the freedom of spirituality and peace. It is almost as if Walker’s voice contains within each note the whole of the African American experience encapsulated in the courage and triumph of Celie’s story. Sarah Evans Hogeboom
Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.
Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister's letters from her, and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend, Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.
©1982 Alice Walker (P)2009 Alice Walker and Recorded Books, LLC
Will read (or in this case, listen) to just about anything.
It's one of the better books I've downloaded. I'd seen the movie before and always wanted to read the book, but never had. Despite knowing the general plot, I enjoyed every moment of the book. Great characters, plot, and performance by Alice Walker herself. Strongly recommended.
Can't hear you....I'm reading!!
I have never read a book and watched a movie and thought both were quite good. I also got to see another ending to the story. I am not sure which one I liked the best, but enjoyed both journeys.
Not sure how to seperate both book and movie, so I will say this...if you enjoyed the movie, you will enjoy the book.
So I've thought about this for a week and I'm still a bit conflicted on how I felt about this story. In my mind, I couldn't help but compare it to Their Eyes Were Watching God which is one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read and The Color Purple didn't have that lyricism and poetry in it that Their Eyes Were Watching God does. It didn't feel quite as authentic. For the first part of the book, I was completely uncomfortable which could well have been what Walker intended. I was unsure whether or nor I wanted to finish the book but it's one of those that I always felt like I should have read so I kept sticking it out to see what all the fuss was about. And then the letters started and I realized that I was crying. I wasn't just crying, I was bawling. Once the letters started, I began enjoying the book so much more.
This audiobook was narrated by Alice Walker and, although I have seen many places where the Walker is criticized as a narrator, I didn't have any problems with it. I think that the person that read Abileene for The Help would have been a better choice but Walker does okay. She's criticized for reading slowly but I think that Celie might be a slow talker.
Do I recommend the book? Yeah, I think everybody should read it at some point in their lives. But do I think you should run out and read it right now? No.
It was terrific! I utterly enjoyed it and the knowledge that the authoress herself was preforming it made it better for me.
The fight scene for Sophia and Squeeky!
Ceely by far and Netty came in a close second
I think Sophia stood out most to me. Her strong will reduced and then regained was magnificent!
I just know I loved it!
First book I have ordered.
Have not ordered any other books that would compare to The Color Purple.
Definitely! The story was brought to life in my mind.
It is as good as "Fried Green Tomatoes"
She painted pictures in my mind. To have the author of a story do the telling of it is a wonderful thing. Who else and give it such life
I Love to read and I am all over the place. From Fantasy to Non Fiction to True Crime. Sadly even some Romance novels which I never thought I would read but they turned out to be not bad some even good as long as they had some fantasy in them
The hope and how one person can still love even though she was never shown love but by so few.
The main character was able to keep her try self intact no matter what happened to her. Her ability to love when so little was ever shown to her. Her reactions from the beginning and how she changed as the book goes on how she changes.
No this was my first
Hard to choose just one but if I must pick one it would have to be the main character
I did truly love this book and have listened to it several times since I bought it so much can be learned from it I think for women. How they can bond making friendships that would last lifetimes if only they are honest and have the best intentions for their friend from their hearts
Not the Audio book
Celie, Walker allowed the readers to know her the best.
Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad
It is already a perfect movie.
Walker does not make the characters come to life with voices that could have made this a great production.
never read print
When she met her children and sister
I loved this book and was sad when it was over.
Characters and plots are very confusing right from the get-go, choppy storyline with rapes, incest, lesbianism; all rather confusing. It seems like a story without a real theme to it. Rather disappointed as I picked the book up due to the rave reviews.
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