THE COLOR PURPLE a book review by Cooper Voss

The Color Purple  By Alice Walker

         “He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it. But I don’t never git used to it. And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook.”

            The Color Purple is a novel about a young uneducated unhealthy black fourteen year old that endures rape, abuse, confusion, separation, pregnancy, and more. Her name is Celie and she is the one that narrates the book by writing letters to God, which get more complex as she gets older. At times, it is her sister Nettie who sends letters, telling Celie about her life. This complicated, yet fascinating and painful story with many different characters will leave you wanting more.

Celie’s troubles begin with her father, Alphonso. He beats her and sexually abuses her, which scars her for life. Her next problem is Mr.____. He becomes her husband and treats her no better than her father did. While she is going through this, her younger sister Nettie is being a missionary in Africa with a nice family whom they find out later that they have a connection with. Another important character is Shug. Shug begins as Mr.____’s mistress, but later becomes Celie’s friend and lover. The book takes place in Rural, Georgia between the 1910’s and the 1940’s. This book shows how powerful standing up for yourself can be, and that if you keep fighting and enduring, you will survive through tough times. I loved the part where you find out that the missionaries with Nettie in Africa’s children are actually Celie’s children. It is such an amazing connection that I never would’ve thought of.

This book is not for the faint of heart. It is intense and sometimes painful to read. However, if you go on this journey with Celie, then there is no greater feeling then the end when everything is right and all are happy, and bad people are no longer a problem.


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