The Color Purple

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Set deep in the American South, The Color Purple by Alice Walker is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. After living a very hard life, she starts to discover joy and the power of her own spirit.
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  • Larry Bell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Color Purple is the story of two sisters—one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South"
  • Michael Newman
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read this book and to many it is a classic their eyes. I thought it was ok. It is about a two black sisters who write to each other since they live far away from each other. It's a pretty emotional book, that tells a story that you normally don't hear. So I would recommend it."
  • Kenneth Carter
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This book I can just read the synopsis and get a feeling about this book. Child from poverty rises up and finds the power and confidence within herself to chase her dreams and so on. Slumdog Millionaire was a lot like this."
  • Ralph Riley
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I know this book was an instant classic but it's just not for me. The subject matter is definitely not my cup of tea, so don't take my word for it!"
  • Patrick Cox
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I've been interested finding books with study guides available at SparkNotes. Fortunately, I came across The Color Purple which I had heard good things about and is also on SparkNotes, and it could be one of the best books available on the service based on my reaction upon reading this timeless Alice Walker novel. It's such a profound and powerful read; my only regret is not reading it sooner!"
  • Pamela Lee
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This story has always tugged at my heart strings. I think anyone who hasn't seen or heard it really should buy the book and check it out. "
  • Eric Zheng
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Color Purple features three beautiful purple flowers on its cover. The novel itself is a powerful account of Celie's struggle to become free and happy. Overall the book is an amazing story that features three flowers on its cover. "
    Diane Hansen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This book has several flowers on the cover. It's interesting and a hard to forget story about courage."
  • Brenda Elliott
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A classic book that shows what it was like to be a black woman in the 1940s. It tackles sexism as well as racism. It's interesting to compare how things are different today, and how much things remain the same. "
    Jorge Alberto Vásquez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "One of the best in the genre without a doubt, amazing reviews and an amazing author. Fits the genre perfectly and is a good read for anyone."
  • Frances Ramos
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "After coming to the unfortunate realization that almost every novel I've read for entertainment has been written by a white individual, I've made a point to expand my horizons. This book is a powerful story of the horrors experienced by a young black girl in the deep South. It's excellent, and I recommend everyone to pay more attention to the diversity of their media creators!"
  • Henry Ray
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This is a great movie with a great character. It is sometimes dark and gritty."
  • Jason Edwards
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Color Purple is a very powerful work of literature. It's considered a classic, and for good reason. Personall, I couldn't put it down, and read it from cover to cover in only two days. "
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  • Steven Walters
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Color Purple is an amazing book. I am sure it will someday be a classic like Steinbeck or Faulkner. A great story about slavery and America's past."
    Brandon Hudson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Sounds like a good inspiring book."
  • Joseph Henry
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I had seen the movie and it moved me so much I had to read the novel. It's an amazing tale about the deep south and power and determination in a black time for American history. Just a truly incredible story. "
    Wayne Rice
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I enjoyed the deep interactions between characters in this, the characters lived such hard lives. I felt so terrible, but I felt like I gained a greater understanding of certain people. "
  • Melissa Bryant
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I needed to find the best multi-ethnic American literary works. I love to read about different ethnic works. I found The Color Purple. I've always heard about this book and a friend suggested I read it. I really love it. It's by Alice Walker and is about a young black girl named Celie. She was born into poverty and segregation. It talks all about her life and is a really powerful story. Strongly recommended!"
  • Zachary Green
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I had to read this in school and I didn't like it very much then. I recently gave it another try and really enjoyed it. Walker's narrative gives an in-depth picture of the struggles that a young black woman had to deal with in the south during the early/middle 20th century. I really empathized with Celie and what she had to deal with. A great read!"
  • Charles Collins
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The american slavery events are interesting to read about. There is a book called the Color Purple that is good. It is about a young girl that is a slave and it's about her life. If you like the historical books you should read this one."
  • Nicholas Harrison
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The best black girl book included on Marley Dias' book drive is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. The story revolves around Celie, a young black girl in the deep south who lives a hard life that is filled with abuse from the men in her life. "
    Gary Delgado
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "If you've seen the movie but haven't read the book, I highly recommend The Color Purple. After reading through it a few times I honestly feel like the movie didn't do the story justice. What fantastic writing! "
    Jonathan Simmons
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a depressing story based on a true story. I have enough problems with my life, I don't need to read about others."
  • Pablo Rodríguez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The color purple is a classic, especially the movie. Reading the book is a good idea, and I would suggest it if you haven't yet, or haven't seen the movie especially."
  • Melissa Baker
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Great novel. Couldn't put it down. Really gives you perspective into poverty and segregation. I definitely recommend this for history nerds or anyone looking for a really good history book. The book is super easy to read and it's so good, you'll finish it quickly!"
  • Patricia Morris
    Written on February 3, 2018
    "The Color Purple is a classic for a reason. As a black woman, this historical fiction book is one of the best--deep, moving, and wonderfully expressive. Alice Walker is an amazing writer with an ability to make all her characters lively and relatable. Because of the themes and story--a tough life of a young girl navigating race and gender in an impoverished and segregated community--it can be a hard read, but it will be illuminating for all. I've read it multiple times and will certainly do so again."
  • Xu Ding
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "This story is very inspirational and moving. The troubles faced by this young woman and the fact that she overcame them shows that all women can achieve anything they want."
    Sandra Stephens
    Written on April 5, 2017
    "This is a great book for any feminist. The struggle and retribution the main character experiences is awe inspiring."
    Eugene Bell
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "a good book for any kind of person"
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  • Verónica Reséndiz
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is a classic novel that every teenager should read. The story takes place in the 1940s and touches upon segregation, race, poverty, violence but the true meaning of family."
  • Steven Reid
    Written on November 17, 2017
    "The Color Purple written by Alice Walker is one of the best books to read to feel less lonely. It is a story of love and self discovery that is sure to warm the coldest heart. Buy it or borrow it but read it soon."
  • Kimberly Collins
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I found this to be a very powerful story and both male and female friends of mine think this is a classic and if it wasn't for the detailed abuse in the book, should be a required reading assignment in high school or college. After reading the book, I watched the movie and I was upset that so many parts were omitted from it, so I encourage all to read this book instead."
  • Joan Estrada
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "This is without a doubt a wonderful story to listen to, read, or watch. You get to follow the characters from when they are young to when they are old. A beautiful story of someone or actual several people overcoming adversity."
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  • Liu Gao
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Because of how celebrated the movie was, many people forget that The Color Purple started out as an award winning book. I first read this book years ago after seeing the movie and I pick it up again every few years because of how well written and compelling the story is. This is a book that everyone should read."
  • Marisol Hurtado
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I don't know if The Color Purple made any Huffington lists, but I found it to be an incredibly moving story that anyone, African American or otherwise, should definitely check out. It can be pretty raw and disturbing at times, but so is the story of so many African-Americans throughout history. "
  • Christina Wong
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I was looking for the best printed fiction books and this book was absolutely perfect. I couldn't put it down and have been suggesting it to everybody."
  • Jose Mendez
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I'm part of a book club and we were recently tasked with finding books that fit within the "LGBTQIA" theme. Someone recommended "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker and I decided to give it a read because it is fairly well known and it seemed interesting. While it is an incredibly powerful story and well worth the accolades it receives, it is a story about slavery more so than one than one that is specifically aimed at the LGBTQIA movement for the most part. I'd still recommend giving it a read however, even if it isn't specific enough for what our book group was looking for."
    Stephanie Hill
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "What a classic book. It is so moving and intensely emotional. Alice Walker does an incredible job of developing the characters and makes the reader truly feel like they are living in the novel with Nettie and Celie. "
  • Wayne Silva
    Written on May 18, 2018
    ""The Color Purple" was written by the author Alice Walker. She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1983. This speaks volumes about her ability to weave a story together. It was a tough journey for a poor black woman named Celie. Her life is explained through a series of letters writing about the experiences growing up. All the characters felt very real and authentic to me."
  • Frances May
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Definitely an intense, eye opening book. Very sad, but inspiring."
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  • Erika Álvarez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This was made into a great movie, but of course, the book is always better as you just can't get all the details in a movie like you can this book. Highly recommended for all to learn about the struggles of segregation."
  • Walter Simmons
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Color Purple is to this day still one of the most talked about books. If I recall right Oprah recommends it too. It's such a good read, one of the strongest women's book ever written. I loved it."
  • Katherine Franklin
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book was made into a movie. It starred Oprah Winfrey. It was an Oscar winning movie and it was gut wrenching to watch. Great acting with pivotal moments. "
    Joshua Ray
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Whew, not too much humor here. It's a pretty dark tale. So, what humor you will find is on the dark side of things. But, if that's your flavor, have at it."
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  • Pranav Patel
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I read The Color Purple when I was interested in learning more about the lives of African Americans and the trifles of their history and culture.. This book allowed me to learn more from that perspective by reading through my favorite genre, fiction. Set in the American South, The Color Purple shows the troubled life of a 14 year old Celie and follows her into adulthood. Through this journey, she grows in her own independence, creativity, and self love."
  • María de Lourdes Vásquez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "The Color Purple is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. "
  • Gregorio Gaytán
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The color purple will make you cry and if you don't, you have problems man"
  • Terry Bryant
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "For a very white guy like me, this book took a little getting used to but it was WAY worth the trouble. Alice Walker is a National Treasure. Of course the movie, (Starring none other Than Oprah and Whoopie Goldberg among countless others..) was directed by Stephen Spielberg. The book is more informative.. it is written in dialect but anyone can get it quickly. The focus on Celie's Gayness is awe inspiring.. Also wonderful is her awakening and strength. "
    Tammy Daniels
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I watched this movie a long time ago.very interesting."
  • Charles Torres
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I first read this novel when it came out and was incredibly moved by the story. It is a book that I return to every couple of years to read again. It is a very uplifting story and one that you will never forget. Everyone can learn something valuable from reading it."
  • Saanvi Chavan
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The book, the color purple, is not a book for SAT takers. it will not help you study for the test. the only thing it will do is get you involved in reading which can help with reading scores; however, this book is not designed for SAT takers."
  • Ernesto Gálvez
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Color Purple is one of the most beautifully written historical fiction books of all time. A young black girl finally discovers her true self after being born into poverty and lining through segregation. She was raped and abused and wants to keep him from doing this to her sister as well. This book is very moving and inspiring and is a motivational tale of overcoming adversity."
  • Daniel Foster
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Color Purple definitely has both the word color and an actual color in the title. It is also considered to be one of the best books on the subject matter and is very well reviews and highly known. This is a perfect match for the topic in my opinion."
  • Catherine Austin
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I could tell it was a classic after reading it for only a few minutes! The book forces you to think about scenarios that you might not have known about earlier in American history, and really feel the emotions."
  • Patrick Hall
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "The Color Purple is the story of a young, black girl in the deep South where she faces prejudice, poverty, and segregation. It's a powerful story that looks deep into the roots of society as it was back then, and it really draws you in. I have to say, as someone who lives in the south it's quite the guilt trip, but it's also an important reminder of what happens when you try to put yourself above another person. Overall, I thought it was fantastic and the move adaptation is amazing. Highly recommend."
    Sara Simmons
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book to movie adaptation is one of the best that I've ever seen. I would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to watch something that will make you feel emotional and feel like the book was given justice."
  • Beverly Gibson
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book is great. It's well known and highly rated. I believe it fits the topic perfectly. It's has black leads and is historical. This is a classic."
  • Anna Thomas
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Color Purple is a well-written and moving story about a woman who deals with a great deal of injustice and adversity in her life, yet manages to develop a strong independent spirit despite this. Her tale is inspirational, and her feelings deeply sympathetic and relatable."
  • Emma Hanson
    Written on November 2, 2017
    "Honestly the color purple is probably one of the most overrated "best" fiction books currently out there. People read it because they want to feel like they're PC and "good" people, even though half the time they miss the point of the book. The broadway version is better anyway--the writing style drags a lot in the book."
    Theresa Barrett
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "I really enjoyed this book. Its heart warming and gut wrenching at the same time. By the end you dont know whether to laugh or cry, but its an all around phenomenal story and the writing is off the charts"
    Dylan Hudson
    Written on January 6, 2017
    "Amazing book. The book is about a little black girl who was raised in poverty. If you like Bud not Buddy you'll love this book."
    Matthew Ortega
    Written on April 2, 2017
    "great book!"
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