Book Reviews of The Color Purple

The Color Purple
The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
ISBN-13: 9780671458539
ISBN-10: 0671458531
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 74 ratings
Publisher: Simon Schuster Trade
Book Type: Paperback
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Wonderful story..........very moving.
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A great book. Sure to become a classic.
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One of my all time favorite books!
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Beautifully written and engaging to read
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Somehow, I ended up with two extra copies of the book. One of my favorite book and movies
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Loved the book. Definitely rent the movie. It's a classic.
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This is the best book I've ever read. Yes, I wrote that. I'll write it again: This is the best book I've ever read. I didn't even realize it until fifteen pages from the end when it flooded over me like a tidal wave all that the book was saying, all that it had shown, all that it had revealed as truth. I literally have chills running up and down my legs just remembering that. For days I've been thinking about this book, wondering whether or not it was worthy of the title of "favorite book" and if it could unseat the long-reigning champion. I've decided that it can because what Walker did with this novel was nothing short of amazing to me; she took a simple message and drove it home from every direction all at once.

***** Kind-of-Spoiler Alert *****

The message: Love - pure love -- comes from everywhere, love comes from anywhere, love comes when you least expect it. Walker's writing showed this all at once. I didn't expect to love these characters all at once, all over the place, all unexpectedly. It hit me as quick as it hit Celie and I felt like I was her, dropped into this world of love (of her own creation). Because of this, I felt such a strong kinship with Celie that it hurt to put the book down; it seemed wrong to leave her.

What made a strong impression was the way Walker weaved in how connected we all are - past self, present self, future self, past culture, present culture, etc. We are who we were but it doesn't stop us from being who we are; we must never forget but we must never stop moving forward. Take what you live through, learn from it, apply it, use it to get yourself to a better place in life. That's how it works.

The final scene, Celie propped up between Mr. ____ and Shug nearly brought me to my knees with emotion, too. Alice Walker, if anyone, anywhere, ever deserved a Pulitzer, it's you.