Sisters Celie and Nettie are left to the care of their father after their mother passes away, which ultimately sees them split up as Celie submits to a marriage she doesn’t particularly want and Nettie finds herself running from their father but then unable to stay with Celie. The book is written as a series of letters, initially from Celie to God diarising her experiences from the age of fourteen as she navigates a world of sexism, racism and abuse until she finds her own sexual awakening, which is relevant today despite the sexual revolution of the past.
Ultimately the reader is in suspense to see if these ill-fated sisters reunite or not years after life separates them. The strength of the book lies in the characterisation, and the way Walker writes each one with a dose of redemption and complexity.
I have wanted to read The Color Purple for a long time and it took months of waiting to finally have this book reserved for me at my loc library and it is undoubtedly one of my most powerful reads of the year, not just because of the subject matter but the intriguing way the story is told.
If you haven’t read this, it’s definitely worth reading and for relatively short read it is, does really make an impact.
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