The Color Purple- Alice Walker

color purple


You’d better not never tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mommy. 

Dear God,

I am fourteen years old. I have always been a good girl. Maybe you can give me a sign letting me know what is happening to me…”


We have all heard stories of the second world war. We know about the brave soldiers, Pearl Harbour, Hiroshima-Nagasaki, Nazis, concentration camps and lots of tales from the white race that survived this catastrophe. But what were black men and women in America experiencing during this time- especially in these post-colonial war-days.
Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” is one such story which will let you walk in the shoes of a little black girl and see the world through her eyes and her voice.

Celie is growing up in a home with an abusive “Pa” and many siblings. She loves her sister, Nettie, and will do anything to protect her- even if it means marrying a man as old as her father.

Despite everything, the sisters are separated. This is a tale of how both grow through harsh circumstances and make observations of all the things they notice.

The novel begins with “Dear God” and transforms into letters written to Nettie. It explores the finding of spirituality over religion, of self-discovery over conformity, of sexuality over asexual timidity.

Aside from personal afflictions, the tale revolves around the experience of African descent women during the period of the Second World War in the U.S. It explores the effects of patriarchy and colonialism.

A classic favourite that won the Pulitzer’s prize in 1983, it is for those who would like to have an insight into the lives of a generation that has been freed from slavery, but is still subject to racism.

A survivalist novel with a happy ending. It is written in a staggering dialect, but can be easily understood. A must read for those who enjoy a good literary masterpiece.


Celie: The main protagonist. A black American girl.

Nettie: Celie’s little sister.

Pa: The girls’ supposed father

Mr _____: Celie’s husband, a widower with three children who has been in love with Shug Avery since childhood.

Shug Avery: A singer who never settles down but brings about huge bursts of color in the life of nearly every character in the story.

Harpo: Mr _____’s eldest son

Sophia: Harpo’s wife- a woman who wears the trousers in the family, is physically strong and an amazonian figure

Marry-Agnes: Also known as squeak. Harpo’s romantic interest after Sophia.



Colonial criticism, Black culture, Bildungs roman, Adventure, Classic, Feminist, Romance


***** 5/5

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