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Why The Color Purple – Alice Walker is loved by many.

WOW

This is what I wanted!

I never would have imagined such a book will create so inspiring, uplifting thoughts to the reader’s mind. This novel particularly piqued my interest as I love the color purple.

As this book is about writing to God, and also I as was listening to Ariana Grande’s God is a Woman, I started my review.

The Color Purple is a novel by Alice Walker, published in 1982. The book was the breakthrough work for the author and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. This novel is on First person point of view, more like a personal journal written to God.

Well, this book made me believe in God, as I mostly didn’t believe in God, you see.

The novel’s protagonist named Celie – is a 14-year-old girl who was abused by her father left her impregnated two times. She believed that her children were dead, that her father did something to her children. She unwillingly got married to a man she called as Mr. Also, her father was revealed as her stepfather by her pretty sister Nettie who ran away due to Mr. wrong intentions.

I don’t say nothing. I think bout Nettie, dead. She fight, she run away. What good it do? I don’t fight, I stay where I’m told. But I’m alive.

Celie – The Color Purple

She met a spunky singer Shug Avery and fell in love with her. Not only she found what it is to love, but also she eventually understood that love is not permanent. However, she tackled the obstacles in hard journey of her life, she became bold with those obstacles, got united with her sister and her children (they were adopted by another couple, also Nettie raised them) when they got old in the end.

Everything you’ve done to me, already done to you.

Celie – The Color Purple

Furthermore, The Color Purple was a bestseller when it came out in 1982, has continued to sell well ever since, and is sometimes assigned in high school.

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.

Even though it has been the consistent target of censors due to its mature content, including, violence, and strong language, it is loved by many.

When I read The Color Purple, I overcame with many emotions not only because it portrayed African-American women’s struggles, but also how the characters eventually overcame them, especially Celie.

In my opinion, this novel without Shug Avery and Sofia would be a total loss of everything. As Celie could not have overcome of her abuse without any one of them.

Alice Walker is a wonder of woman, she expressed her thoughts in a vivid, thoughtful way where it makes us readers think about God from a new perspective.

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 nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love.

Mr. – The Color Purple
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My personal favorite is always Nettie, the way she struggles being a missionary by helping a village called Olinka, how she overcomes them staying in Africa, and also not forgetting her sister is a whole new level of reading.

This book is definitely a worthy read for all of them as it portrays vivid, painful circumstances and limited opportunities of poor, uneducated African-American women in the South before the civil rights movement. It develops the characters by making them self-realizing their worth in harsh circumstances and cut through constant abuse from many.

No wonder it is loved by countless beings all over these years!

Happy reading!

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