Check out my The Colour Purple book summary and Review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker. Set in rural Georgia in the first half of the 20th century, this lifelong melodrama sheds light on the social status and way of life of African American women in South America at that time.

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The novel deals specifically with topics such as incest, male violence, and lesbian love. The work won the American Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, and became a 1985 film starring Steven Spielberg and starring Hopi Goldberg (The Color Purple).

The Colour Purple book summary :

In the early twentieth century, fourteen-year-old Sally, the protagonist of the story and first-person narrator, began to write letters to God because she had no one else to be confident with her suffering: since her critically ill mother had visited her. Male Sally believes he is her father,

He forced the girl into the role of wife and regularly abused her. To protect her younger sister Neti from similar attacks, she defends herself against rape and becomes pregnant twice. Both times, their parents leave after the children are born, leaving Sally in the dark about their fate.

After her mother's death, her father remarries and Sally is a complete stranger, a widowed man whom she simply calls "Mr." and for whom she now has to look after the family, raise her children and invite him to marry her. Let me know. Her husband also beat and abused her in the field, but Sally lacked the strength and courage to stand up to the new persecution.

Sally's life takes a brief turn for the better when her sister Neti seeks refuge from her father's abuse. But it doesn't take long and "Mr." goes to Neti. Neti has to flee for her own protection, but she promises to write to Sally regularly. But since Sally no longer hears from her sister, she thinks Neti is dead.

One day, "Mr." brings his girlfriend Shug Avery home. Sally is immediately fascinated by the beautiful and confident singer. When Shug gets sick, Sally serves him and the two become female friends.

Through Shug, Sally has learned that physical love is not violent and she gains self-esteem. On the way to her release, Sally started sewing pants for herself and Shug, eventually selling them to gain financial independence from "Mr."

Later, Sally discovers numerous letters from the net that "Mr." was hidden from her and learns from them that the neti is now living in Africa with missionaries and Sally's children. Thanks to her growing self-confidence and Shug's affection, Sally finally has the courage to leave her husband.

After her father's death, Sally and her sister inherit the family home, and Neti returns from Africa with the children. The happiest part of her life for Sally now begins.

The Colour Purple book Review :

I announced my February choices for my Facebook Reading Challenge last week. Alice Walker's The Color Purple, I also mentioned how much I liked January. The theme was an American classic. I chose that theme to celebrate the inauguration (finally!) Of President Joe Biden and his Vice-President Kamala Harris.

I can tell you January 20th I sighed in relief! The color purple was a particularly appropriate choice, due to its feminist theme and exploration of racial segregation and inequality. This is a book I considered a few years ago for a reading challenge when the theme was a feminist novel.

At the time, I chose Janet Winterson's Oranges and Not the Only Fruit, and I'm glad I left Color Purple by 2021. I'm a little embarrassed to call this post a 'book review'; Embarrassed because this is definitely a book I (everyone!) Should have read long ago now. How could I not ?! Needless to say, it was great - the Pulitzer Prize judges did it in 1983.

The book became a movie in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg, and won a clutch of Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Holly Goldberg in the lead role of Sally, and Best Supporting Actress for both Oprah Winfrey as Sophia and Margaret Avery as Shug.

Because the novel and the film are so well known, I believe I really thought I knew the story and what it was, but I'm ashamed to say I didn't. Set in Georgia in the early twentieth century (and until the first year of World War II), isolationism, racism, and black poverty certainly provide the background, but the book goes much further.

First, there is the sisterly love between Sally and Netty, which persists despite decades of separation; Sally lives in Georgia, while Neti goes to Africa as a missionary. The book is nicely framed as a series of letters, initially between Sally and her 'God' and later between Sally and Neti, when the two women separate.

I think it's a tough format to close - it may be easy to see but get tired or walk into the hands of a weak writer, but Walker pulls it into masterclass fashion and it gives the book an amazing momentum.

The second somewhat surprising theme for me was the resilience of the African-American woman, not just Sally and Neti, but also Shug Averio (who is Sally's boyfriend, best friend and Sally's ex-boyfriend "Mr.") and Sophia, Sally's honest daughter-in-law. The men in the book are basically stupid, cruel, violent and controlling, but somehow these women rise above them, not only to survive, but to improve.

Third, there is the theme of love; I've already talked about the intense sisterly love between Sally and Neti (and you'll cry when it's over), but there's a lot more love explored here - the sexual love that Sally enjoys with the generous bohemian shug, who shows her another way.

Being a woman in America at that time, and opened a whole new world for her. There is also unrequited love between Sophia and Harpo, and love between Natie and her husband at different ages. It is an open-mindedness and reverence for the joy of love in all its forms.

Finally, there is a solid theme, which is violence, including sexual violence, within African-American, ex-slave, community. Sally is basically a child rape victim, committed by her stepfather, by whom she has two children which are given to another family.

He is married to a bad guy ("Mr.") who also rapes her and uses her as his own maid when it becomes clear that he only wanted to cook for his family and clean up after the death of his first wife left him. We think that the treatment of the black community by their former slave-owner masters has caused this social inactivity, especially since it relates to the low status occupied by women.

Readers are left in further turmoil, however, as Natty describes the tribe in which she lives in Mississippi from Africa, where she points to the widespread practice of 'cutting girls' (female genital mutilation). Neti admires the tribes and learns a lot from them, but she cannot accept this habit.

 When the tribe is displaced by white colonial settlers who are willing to exploit natural resources by offering land, the neti panics and predicts the devastating consequences of Western industrial expansion over the natural world and those who have lived in harmony with it for generations.

When Nettie became even more frustrated, she traveled through Europe (especially England) to report to church authorities where she and her husband met with their protest indifference, about their work and the horrors of the practice they witnessed by the colonialists.

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