The Color Purple | Shocking & Powerful

The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker. It won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. Considered one of the greatest books of all time and listed in numerous top books list – The Color Purple was also adapted as a film of 1985 by the same name (nominated for 11 Academy Awards).

The Colour Purple is one of the most popular classics. Every time I went through a ” must-read list” of books I found it staring at me. Finally picked it up and it honestly hits you like a punch in the gut from the very first page.

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An epistolary novel with an exchange of letters between Celie and God and her sister Nettie. A tale of the struggle of the African American woman in the southern states of the USA this novel leaves you shocked in some pages. The language imitates how the characters would actually talk to it makes for a very interesting read as you go through the book.

People think pleasing God is all God cares about. But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back.

Alice Walker (The Color Purple)

With the main focus on Celie’s life, the story also takes us through the lives of some very beautiful characters, and honestly, I would say that this book has some of the strongest female characters ever. Each story is a different journey defined with each character going through struggles and pains you wish didn’t exist but it does.

It’s not a breezy read for sure. You take your time with the book but you go on in the hope for the reunion of some of these characters, details of which I will skip in case you haven’t read the book.

The most powerful emotion that stayed with me after this book is how it took a few of these characters years to realize that their happiness matters and how there was more to their lives than just existence. How Celie realizes that she can make a life of her own and it’s normal for her to ask for happiness is a journey that will leave you thinking.

We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.

Alice Walker (The Color Purple)

Honestly towards the end, a few chapters with Nettie’s letters got a little difficult to get through but the story is such that you keep on reading to where all the characters land up.

It’s a powerful book and it’s a classic for a reason. The language isn’t difficult or tough to get through. So if you are okay with some heavy reading and for your heart to hurt a little then pick this one up because it’s a story like no other for sure.


तो अगर कुछ अच्छा पढ़ना है – The Color Purple पढिए। 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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तब तक पढ़ते रहिए। 

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