Friday, 4 August 2017

The Color Purple (Color Purple Series) by Alice Walker

Paperback:  The Color Purple (1982) is an epistolary novel by Alice Walker and a powerful novel of courage in the face of oppression.  Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture.

Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse.  Not only is she poor and despised by the society around her, she is badly treated by her family.  As a teenager she begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear.  Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment through the guiding light of a few strong women and her own implacable will to find harmony with herself and her home.

The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

The Color Purple's deeply inspirational narrative, coupled with Walker's prodigious talent as a stylist and storyteller, have made the novel a contemporary classic of American letters.

It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983) and National Board of Review Award for Fiction (1983).

About the author:  Alice Walker, one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry.  In 1983, Walker became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award.  Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), Meridian (1976), The Temple of My Familiar (1989), and Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992).  In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.

Gathering Blossoms Under Fire will be published in 2018, comprising Alice Walker's edited journals exploring her thoughts and feelings as a woman, a writer, an African-American, a wife, a daughter, a mother, a lover, a sister, a friend, a citizen of the world.

Rating:  5/5

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