The Color Purple

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Orion, Dec 29, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages

The classic, PULITZER PRIZE-winning novel that made Alice Walker a household name.

Set in the deep American South between the wars, THE COLOR PURPLE is the classic tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father', she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker - a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.

'One of the most haunting books you could ever wish to read ... it is stunning - moving, exciting, and wonderful' Lenny Henry

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Is a person ever truly powerful enough to rise out of the circumstances they are thrown into? Walkers answers this question with if they are willing to take charge in their own life in this novel. Featuring Celie a passive girl that accepts what life has given her an ugly marriage, repeatedly raped by her step-father, seperated from her two children and older sister, and being powerless until Shug Avery shows she is in charge of her own destiny. Though hard to get into its passive writing style this book powerful and realistic message makes it so the reader needs to power through to hit the gold. Using letters from her sister about her children, the reader is given another foil to compare Celia too. 

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer prize and the American Book Award for THE COLOR PURPLE. She is the author of many bestselling novels, essays and collections of poetry including MERIDIAN, BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE and THE THIRD LIFE OF GRANGE COPELAND. Visit Alice Walker's official website at:

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