4.5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2Just like the movie, I love it!
The Color Purple provides us with the life story of Celie, who is a 14 year old girl at the beginning of the book. It begins with Celie telling her life through letter form, writing to God, also later giving us insight on her sister Nettie's life as well. The book opens up and explains how she has been raped, abused, and impregnated by her own father twice by the age of 14. After each child is born, without a word her father takes her babies away from her and never brings them back. Then soon after the separation from her kids her father marries her off to a man that goes by Mr; whom originally had eyes for her sister, but after some coaching by her father he settled with her. She soon finds out he is not any better than her father and just wanted her to be more of a slave/maid than a wife. Later, her sister runs away from home and comes stay with her but is forced to leave after turning down Mr. advances, after that he promises to keep her from her sister, the only one who ever loved her.
After being separated from her sister, Celie manages to survive by just living one day at a time. Just waiting for a letter from her sister, but they never come. She continues her lifeless life doing all the work around the house such as cooking, cleaning, the manual labor, taking care of all the kids that are from Mr. first wife, even taking care of Mr. himself. However, in the midst of all of this someone comes into her life that seems to awaken her, Shug Avery, her husbands mistress. Who shows her encouragement and that she is special and unique in her own way. Celie continues writting letters throughout her life all the way up into womanhood, introducing many more people that she crosses path with in her life. All in the back of her mind, she only hopes that someday she can be free and be reunited with her sister.
The Color Purple movie starring the great Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, is definitely my favorite movie of all time, not only for entertainment reasons, but sentimental reasons. I have watched it so many times since I was young I know the script almost line by line. Not all movies have an impact on me as The Color Purple and I believe everyone should watch the movie at least one time to see for themselves how great it is. Even though I've loved the movie most of my life, I had never read the book until recently after taking the opportunity to read it for Black History Month, and I'm so glad I did!
I really enjoyed the book. I was blown away at the accuracy and how true the movie is to the book. I mean all the famous lines in the movie was not just made up by Hollywood for entertainment but taken straight from the book. The plot is pretty spot on in comparison to the movie as well. There was some small thins that was in the book that wasn't in the movie but for the most part they were identical!
The language written throughout the book is told by the way Celie speaks, which emphasizes on her lack of education. Which was different for someone who is so use to reading almost perfect writing and correct spelling, but it worked and I found it easy to read. The book is very fast paced and was easy to get through, and as a slow reader if I say it's fast, it's fast paced. The reason I docked off a half a star is because although I enjoyed the book, it didn't give me the feeling the movie does, which I'm not sure why. It could possibly be because I have watched the movie so much that knowing the plot already didn't give me the full emotional effectiveness that the movie does. Nonetheless, it was a great book and maybe next time, and there will be a next time, I read it I will give it 5 stars. I also own several other of Alice Walker's books so it'll be interesting to see how her other books are compared to her success with The Color Purple. I highly recommend this book to everyone~
P.S. I would love to hear all comments. Whether about my review, the movie, or your thoughts on the book!