The Color Purple
A NovelBook - 1982
From Library Staff
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, this is the story of two sisters--one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South. They sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance and silence.
The story of two sisters—one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South—who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an... Read More »
Challenged because of its rough language and explicitness.
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YHAQUERINIOLA thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 13
K_ROK thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
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"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."
"I hadn't realized I was so ignorant, Celie. The little I knew about my own self wouldn't have filled a thimble! And to think Miss Beasley always said I was the smartest child she ever taught! But one thing I do thank her for, for teaching me to learn for myself, by reading and studying and writing a clear hand. And for keeping alive in me somehow the desire to know."
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Celie, a fourteen year old black girl, lives with her dying mother and abusive father in the South. Her father rapes her, impregnating her twice, and then rids himself of the children after birth. She learns to obey men to the letter, to grow used to beatings, and has dropped out of school in order to do housework. However, her "cleverer" and "prettier" sister, Nettie, is allowed to continue her studies, and is lusted after by a Mr. Johnson, who is known to have a dark past with a woman named Shug Avery. However, Nettie declines the mans advances, and the father offers Celie instead. Nettie and Celie are separated for years, each making their own discoveries about love, god and bigotry.