The Color Purple Review


The Color Purple, written by Alice Walker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Winner of the National Book Award. This novel is now also a Broadway musical. That would be interesting to see as the book is written in the form of letters.

Two long lost sisters tell their stories to each other in the form of letter. Celie starts by writing to God, but once she finds out her sister, Nettie, is still alive she then starts addressing her letters to her. Celie is a child wife living in the south and raising another woman’s children with an ungrateful husband. Nettie is off in Africa as a missionary. Though time, distance, and a long stretch of silence has kept them apart, they still remain loyal to one another and filled with love.

I loved this story. It was a little harder to get into because of the way Celie wrote her letters, but once I got used to it it was hard to put down. It is clear that she lacks education, but still has a determination to write everything that’s been going on and it allows you to see her true thoughts and feelings. It remains solely about Celie for quite a while, but it was nice to hear more about Nettie when she came in. It helped me see Celie in a new light when you find out more information through her sibling. I won’t give any spoilers, but I enjoyed the ending though it could have given us a little bit more time to see what happened next. I would give it four stars just because of that. I want to know more about what happened after that final scene. It would have given me better closure.

 Let me know if you feel the same way about the ending as I did, I’m curious to see if I’m the only one!



3 thoughts on “The Color Purple Review

  1. I started reading this book a couple of times but had trouble getting into it. I did read the book ‘Push’ about a week ago, which is along the same lines, and Sapphire’s novel had a homage to “The Color Purple” (which is one of the books Ms. Rain assigns to Precious’ pre-G.E.D. English class.) I liked the movie and I’ve been meaning to read “The Color Purple” for ages, but I have to agree with you that Celie’s narration is a tad on the confusing side and needs getting used to. This kind of book isn’t something I’d choose to be a musical, though; I’m highly curious how they would pull that off. Nice review.

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    1. Thank you for commenting! It’s always nice to know that I wasn’t the only one that struggled with it. I for sure think the book is worth it once you get into the swing of it, and Nettie’s letters are much better and a lot clearer to understand which is a big help. Let me know how you like it if you ever get around to reading it, I’d love to know what you think of the ending!


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