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The Color Purple

Reviewed by: Heather Thompson

The Color Purple. Alice Walker. New York: Pocket Books, 1982. 295 pp. The color purple, a Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, is an extremely eye opening and uplifting story. The main character Celie has to over come many struggles, like how she was raped by her pa when she was just fourteen years old. However, that is not the only difficulty Celie has to face. She is abused in every aspect: verbally, physically, and mentally. Not to mention the racism that her whole family has to deal with. The Color Purple is told through letters written by Celie and her sister Nettie. It’s all through Celie’s point of view so readers are really able to become close with her and almost feel what she’s going through. With the help of Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress, Celie learns what love truly is. By the end of the book Celie has learned not to forget her past, but to embrace it because it’s made her who she is. The main lesson to get out of The Color Purple is that everyone needs to learn how to love themselves no matter what. I would recommend The Color Purple to everyone. So read it and join Celie on her journey to find herself, and to truly love herself for who she is.  

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City: La Crosse
Date Reviewed: 6/14/2012