The Color Purple by Alice Walker



The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the 1983 Pulitzer Prize Winner for fiction and also the Winner of the National Book award. Since it's first publication, it has been made into films and has also been adapted for Broadway.
I have a knack for collecting Pulitzer Prize winners ever since I've read "To Kill a Mockingbird". That particular novel will always be one of my timeless favorites. Since then, I've made sure that when I go book-hunting, I buy all the Pulitzers that I find.
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I searched Google and learned that these books are favorites of Oprah Winfrey. Being an African American that she is, I find it easy to acknowledge the fact that she greatly supports their literature. She even produced the latest version of the Color Purple in Broadway.
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So I was trying to see what's so special about this novel. Among all the books that I've read, Color Purple is in the same genre as "I Know Why the Caged Bird sings"and "The Bluest Eye" in that it narrates the way of life of African Americans. It also has a similar theme with those other books: rape and incest. But what I like most about the Color Purple is the heroine's capability to love and forgive even if she suffered through most of her life. I also love the contrast between her life and her sister's and how everything concluded with a great reunion of family and friendship.
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Here are some of the lines that I love from the book:
"Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly."
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" 'If only I'd understood what I know now!' he said. But how could he? There is so much we don't understand. And so much unhappiness comes because of that."
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Well then,
Happy reading everyone! :)

13 comments:

julesmariano.com said...

hmm...let me check that out. =D

kcatwoman said...

i hope you would, it's a very interesting book :)

BlogusVox said...

In my fiction reading days, I found out that best selling literary fictions has certain elements on its plot that make it popular among readers.
- a heart wrenching life struggle
- a dark family secret like incest
- a determination to overcome all of this.

The Color Purple has all of these elements.

kcatwoman said...

@ blogus vox: nice observation! btw, i love all your cartoons ah, nabubuksan ang isip ko:) what's your favorite literature btw?

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