The Color Purple
The Color Purple Collection
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Alice Walker’s controversial novel about a resilient and courageous woman has become a cultural phenomenon
Celie has grown up in rural Georgia, navigating a childhood of ceaseless abuse. Poor and despised by the society around her, she’s also badly treated by her family. Raped and abused by her father, she strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate. Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, and their father sells Celie as a child bride to an older suitor. Now without her best friend and confidant, she is sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and abusive husband.
Celie begins writing letters directly to God in an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear. Her letters span twenty years and record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. She meets Shug Avery, her husband’s mistress and a jazz singer with a zest for life, and Sophia, her stepson’s wife, who challenges her to fight for independence. And though her husband hides the many letters from her sister, Nettie’s unwavering support will prove to be the most breathtaking of all.
Lauded as a literary masterpiece, this is the groundbreaking novel that placed Walker “in the company of Faulkner” (The Nation), and inspired an Academy Award–nominated film starring Oprah Winfrey and directed by Steven Spielberg, and a Tony-nominated Broadway musical.
This ebook features a new introduction written by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of publication, and an illustrated biography of Alice Walker including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
“The Color Purple is an American novel of permanent importance.” —Newsweek
“The Color Purple is about the struggle between redemption and revenge. And the chief agency of redemption, Walker is saying, is the strength of the relationships between women: their friendships, their love, their shared expression.” —The Nation
“Intense emotional impact . . . indelibly affecting.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Alice Walker (b. 1944), one of the United States’ preeminent writers, is an award-winning author of novels, stories, essays, and poetry. In 1983, Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction with her novel The Color Purple, which also won the National Book Award. Her other books include The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Meridian, The Temple of My Familiar, and Possessing the Secret of Joy. In her public life, Walker has worked to address problems of injustice, inequality, and poverty as an activist, teacher, and public intellectual.
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I read The Color Purple when I was around 12. And it has always stayed in my memory, love this book.
I read this book about 15years ago,a white lady lent me her copy to read, and then apologized to me ,I reassured her that it was not news to me, it has been going on forever. The movie war as good,a very good read
It's pretty detailed at times... I wouldn't recommend it to someone under the age of 14. But other than that it's a great book!
- Category: Literary
- Published: Sep 20, 2011
- Publisher: Open Road Media
- Seller: OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
- Print Length: 288 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: The Color Purple Collection