"The Color Purple" by Alice Walker... A true classic novel by the African American writer who changed the relationships in the Black Community forever! The student of Toni Morrison of "The Bluest Eyes" fame and Zora Neal Hurston the writer of "Their Eyes Are Watching God".
The Color Purple story begins with the birthing process by a teen mom who is giving birth to a second child who is then taken and put up for adoption, a rough start to a hard story that features, a pre-industrial age agricultural small town of African Americans all struggling to make ends, and raise families without running into conflict with larger White Society.
A rich tapestry of smalltown life featuring a complex cast of characters leading lives of hidden sorrows, joys and aspirations. The chapters are condensed into "letters" between the main character "Ceillie" and God.
As a young teenager, Ceillie is traded for a cow as part of an arranged marriage to a widower simply known as "Mister", a single father with six kids, a dirty house, and no one to look after them. In short order "Ceillie" gets things in shape, as she organizes, cleans, combs hair, and transforms a hot mess into a livable environment. A rough beginning to a tough story. She openly questions "Mister's" parenting skills and finds out that he's extremely abusive.
A complex co-mingling of backstories narrated by self-taught "Ceillie" who now has matured into a stable human being although suffering through heartache, abuse, loneliness and underestimation at the hands of "Mister", to emerge as a educated, reader, who makes her own clothing while caring for the multiple relationships that she surrounded herself with. A twist to the story is the interjection of "Suga", "Mister's"former mistress, and "one who got away" who enters the story fresh from performing and recovering from a longterm drinking binge. A sirly woman, fresh from the Juke Joint circuit tour where she was the featured entertainer.
Even "Suga" gives into "Ceillie's" home cooking, empathy, and sweet ways as she surrenders to her down-home charms. The two become friends and build a alliance that gets stronger over time. And though time passes quickly in this story "Ceillie" and "Suga's" relationship grow and envelops the lives of the rest of the cast of characters that come in and out of their lives, each adding to an already rich and complex story. The Color Purple is deep and meaningful and is clearly a masterwork contained in just under 300 pages.
Reviewed by Ghettostone Publications Company- Editor/Chief Michael R. Brown
The Best Sellers Book Club highly recommends this title to all readers!!!
We agree that it should be considered as a classic tale that enriches the soul!