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... read more
The Color Purple is by American author Alice Walker. It recieved the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was adapted into a film and musical of the same name. The title of the book is taken from a discussion between two of the main characters Celie and Shug Avery about... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The Color Purple is by American author Alice Walker. It recieved the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and was adapted into a film and musical of the same name. The title of the book is taken from a discussion between two of the main characters Celie and Shug Avery about faith. Shug says "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." Shug then replies to Celies question what if this happens. "Then he creates something else people will see because God just wants to be loved" (Wikkipedia)
The book is told through a series of letters and diary entried. It opens with a young Celie addressing God. She is raped and impregnated twice by a man who she believes to be her father. She sees her mother beaten and fears for your younger sister Nettie's life. She and her mother both give birth on the same day. He takes the mother's baby and kills it. Celie's baby she sells to a couple in town. The man whom she thinks is her father after refusing to sell her sister Nettie to a widow named Mr. Albert in turns sells Celle.
Mr. Albert (known as Mr._) is a very abusive man both physically and mentally. He beats her, taunts her, and forces her to cook clean and tend to his unruly kids. Meanwhile Mr. Albert lust after Nettie still. After he tries to seduce Nettie and fails her forces her to leave. She goes to the home of a Pastor and promises her sister to write. But as time goes on this promise seems to go broken. So Celie assumes that her sister has died.
In the story one of Mr. Alberts son's Harpo falls in love with and marries a strong independent women named Sophia. Sofia amazes Celie with her strength even physically to fight Harpo back when he attempts to beat her and treat her inferrior. Something Celie would never have the nerve of the courage to do!
Mr. Albert's mistress Shug Avery comes to live with them because she is ill. "I hear she got that nasty women's disease!" (taken from the movie). At first Shug has little respect for Celie "you sho is ugly!" But Celie is taken with Shug from the very first moment she lays eyes on her. Eventually a sexual relationship takes place and Celie's confidence and self worth is boosted because of Shug. Shug stays in the house for a while to protect Celie from Mr. Alberts abuse.
Sophia gets fed up with Harpo and leaves him, taking the kids with her. When she returns to town and visits Harpo's new night club she becomes involved in a physical altercation with Harpo's new girlfriend Squeak. When in town the mayors wife asks Sofia to work as her maid. When Sophia tells the woman "Hell no!" the mayor slaps Sofia. She returns the blow and is arrested for assaluting a white man. Sofia is beaten severly and sent to jail. She is later on sentenced for twelve years to serve as the mayor's maid.
Shug marries a man named Grady. Shug and Celie become lovers. One night Shug tells Celie about the mysterious letters in a trunk she sees in Alberts room. They find out that he has been hiding Nettie's letters over the years. Nettie's letters discuss her travels to Africa with a missionary couple Samuel and Corrine. They have Celie's children Olivia and Adam.
Corrine gets ill. She is suspicious that Nettie is the real kids mom because of the resemblance. Samuel tells the story of how they are adopted and Nettie discovers she is there aunt. She also discovers that Alphonso was not her and Celies real father. There real father owned a store and because of that he was lynched by angry white men who thought he was uppity. Corrine dies. Samuel and Nettie fall in love and marry.
Celie confronts Alphonso who confirms the story. Celie now has empowerment. She tells off Mr. Albert for all the years of wrong doing and hell he has put her through. Shug, Celie, and Squeak (Mary Agnes) move to Tennesse. Celie opens a business sewing pants encouraged by her lover Shug. She returns home and finds Mr. Albert has now changed for the better and her father has died and left her all his land. So she moves back and relocates her business.
Shug leaves her and runs off with a younger lover. Celie and Mr. Albert discover a bond through sewing. Nettie and Samuel will soon be returning to America. Her son is now in love with an African women by the name of Tashi who takes a part in a painful ritual and scars her face. Adam in turn scares his face and they marry. Odd but strangely endearing.
Celie is now independent. A Quote I remember said if Shug came back she'd be happy. If she didn't she'd be okay. A P P LA U DS! Well said! In the end Celie and Albert reconsile. Shug comes back. Sofia and Harpo remarry. Nettie and Samuel return with the children and Celie and Nettie are happily reunited.
Good book. Good story. Although watching the movie was a little more exciting than reading the book this time. I give this book eight a half stars. What I liked about the book was how Celie found strength and empowerment and stood up for herself after all the years of abuse. She begin to value her self and love herself and in turn she found a rebirth in her spirituality. I think at one point in the book she was about to turn from God. I liked how she came to peace with the men in her life that had hurt her. I also liked how Squeak like Celie stepped outside of her quiet shell and gained a back bone. Doing this review makes me wanna go and watch the movie now.. I like the happy endings all around for the characters.
I liked the characters. I thought they were strong and well written. They came across very well partrayed on the screen. The plot was also strong and had few plot holes. Well this is not a big complaint of the book It did tend to get a little long winded in the middle about all the African customs. My mind tended to wonder somewhat toward the end. Although the book was good it was NOT a very easy read.
While the chapters were short and easy in the beggining the letters recieved tended to make them drag toward the middle and the end. Like I said much more fun to watch then actually read. All in all I would honestly say if you watch the movie that would be enough unless you REALLY REALLY want to read this book. I would recommend if if you have the time on your hands!
“Just cause I love her don't take away none of her rights.”Celie
“Who am I to tell her who to love? My job just to love her good and true myself.”Celie
“Take off they pants, I say, and men look like frogs to me. No matter how you kiss 'em, as far as I'm concern, frogs is what they stay.”Celie
“Well, I say, if words could kill, I'd be in the ambulance.”Celie
“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.”Shug
“"She say, all my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles. A girl child ain't safe in a family full of men. But I never thought I'd have to fight in my own house. She let out her breath. I loves Harpo, she say. God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me. Now if you want a dead son-in-law you just keep advising him like you doing. She put her hand on her hip. I used to hunt game with a bow and arrow, she say."”
“She say, Celie, tell the truth, have you ever found God in church? I never did. I just found a bunch of folks hoping for him to show. Any God I ever felt in church I brought in with me. And I think all the other folks did too. They come to church to share God, not to find him.”Narrator
“God is different to us now, after all these years in Africa. More spirit than ever before, and more internal. Most people think he has to look like something or someone-a roofleaf or Christ-but we don't. And not being tied to what God looks like, frees us.”Nettie
“Here us is, I thought, two old fools left over from love, keeping each other company under the stars.”Narrator
“The news always sound crazy. People fussing and fighting and pointing fingers at other people, and never even looking for no peace.”Celie
“Dear God: i am fourteen years old. I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me...”Celie
““I think she mine. My heart say she mine. But I don’t know she mine. If she mine, her name Olivia.””Celie
“She under my daddy thumb. Naw, she under my daddy foot.”Sofia
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