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.
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This could very well be my favorite Life Book! I can't believe it took me so long to open it. Ceeley and all her people keep talking in my mind and I love every minute of it
I have always loved the movie but the book fills in holes and the characters are more rich. How Albert turns around at the end, how his relationship to everyone changes. ..just heart warming.
Alice walker's narrative brings the character to life. Saw the movie enjoyed the narrative a lot more.could listen again and again.
I was looking forward to listening to this story because I loved the movie. when I saw that Alice Walker was the narrator I was extra excited, after all see wrote the book. I tried my best finish the story but I just could not because to the monotone sound of the narrators voice. She sounded like her mouth was so full of spit.....yuck, she was way to close to the microphone. as hard as I tried I just could not finish. I
Whenever I see a really good movie I seek out the book it was based on. I often find the book as enjoyable or even better than the movie. And, visa versa when I read a really good book and someone makes a movie out of it, I can't wait to see the movie. Unless the screen writer, producer and director do exceptional work, the movie often falls short of the book. I've seen The Color Purple many times and loved it each time. I have finally listened to the audio book and loved it equally as much. What beautiful writing! The author's narration could not have been better. If you have not read The Color Purple, do yourself a favor and read or listen to it. You will not be sorry.
beautifully written with so many different stories intertwined. the movie was great but the audio book narrated by the author was so much better.
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