04 Sep The Color Purple – 4 stars
A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.
This felt a little bit like reading a book for high school English class. But having said that, I absolutely loved this read. The Color Purple is so beautifully written – Celie’s voice just leaps off the page at you, rich with her struggles and triumphs… this story is often tragic, with some dark themes and subject matter, but with beautiful moments of hope. All the characters are deeply drawn, flawed, and distinct. This is one of these books you feel better for having read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ from me