the color purple…

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purpleThe Color Purple by Alice Walker is a great book.  It is one of those books that you think about when you are not reading it (I love that!).  I had already seen the movie, but I still really enjoyed reading the book (I wish I would have read the book first, but it didn’t happen that way).   The book reads almost like a diary, but Celie is writing (and reading) letters.  The letters that we read are shockingly honest and open.  Celie and her family are very, very interesting characters.  You may not like them all, but they are great to read about.

Goodreads describes the book:

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.

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