The Color Purple - Alice Walker
The story of two sisters, taking place in rural Georgia. One is a missionary to Africa and the other sister is a child wife living in the South. They stay in contact with each other through time, hardship, and distance. This book if full of emotional impact, inspiration, and passion. Alice Walker shows how a girl survived through the hard times of the past.
Celie is a poor, uneducated girl who writes to god because of deprivation she has been through. Her sister, Nettie, goes on a missionary trip with another couple and become close with them. She learns something about their kids that refers back to Celie. Alice Walker shows how a women can come out of deprivation and turn their life into something wonderful and delightful.
Settings: Rural Georgia & Western Africa
“All of my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my brothers. I had to fight my cousins and my uncles.”(40)
Boxing gloves are symbolic of Celie's struggles through life and the animosity between her family.
I give this book three and a half stars. This book was hard to understand the way the character was trying to talk and I found it difficult to follow the scenes. Overall, the book is filled with graphic, disturbing visual pictures, which aren't suited for younger audiences. I would recommend this book to older audiences, at least of high school age.