Book :: The Color Purple

The Color Purple
By: Alice Walker
Pages: 295
Published: 1982
Genre(s): Historical Fiction
African American
Award(s): National Book Award (1983)
Pulitzer Prize (1983)
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that tells the story of two sisters through their correspondence. With a new Preface by the author.

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Jul 1st, 2023

Polilla-Lynn Polilla-Lynn

This is a disturbing and interesting read. Written in letters or diary format it is surprisingly not dull but sets the reader up to look forward to what is coming next. The story is told mainly about Celie, a young black woman who suffers abuse and trauma so that she finds it hard to trust or truly love. As people come into her life from whom she learns that she is a worthwhile person, the story weaves in and around many aspects of her life and relationships. The language is crude at times.

Oct 14th, 2019

sanayhs sanayhs

Jan 7th, 2018

forline forline

really liked but didn't love. I read it just before the movie came out (and because I wouldn't see the movie without first reading the book). To be honest I don't remember which I liked more. Tried to watch the movie with my teen daughter but we didn't make it all the way through....

Jan 4th, 2018

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Jun 9th, 2015

jwk jwk

Dec 12th, 2014

red13x red13x

Very good book, I could hardly put it down and ended up reading it in less than a day.

Jan 6th, 2014

Hildegarda Hildegarda

This was something purely amazing. Left me in tears and I was grateful...

Aug 15th, 2013

skhamilt skhamilt

Really great book.

Aug 9th, 2013

Keith Keith

Jul 30th, 2013

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Feb 14th, 2013

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5th on Rival 100 Best Novels by Radcliffe

83rd on Books You Can't Live Without by The Guardian

18th on Books of the Century by Waterstone

99th on Top 100 Books by Newsweek

8th on 100 Books of the Past Century by Koen Books