Review on ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

I was introduced to this book during my studies at University and was really excited to read it after hearing good reviews from friends at sixth form but not getting round to reading the book myself. I absolutely love this book and it’s one of my favourite ones! It’s one that I could re-read over and over and never get bored of, if you’ve seen and loved the movie then you will definitely love the novel itself!

The novel explores the life of protagonist, Celie, from childhood through to adulthood, and the experiences that she endures as a black female in the South of America. The novel uses the voices of characters through the forms of prayers, first-person explorations and letters. The prominent first-person voice that is used is that of Celie, I loved the way that as you get further into the text, the protagonist’s voice develops (from broken American English to a more eloquent form of speech) as much as she develops as a female within America. Compared to other texts that use similar narrative devices, this book is definitely easy to follow!

The plot itself is heartbreaking in some places and can be quite difficult to read when put into perspective. Numerous types of black female characters are introduced, this enables Walker to really explore the ways in which black women have been exploited in America and within their own communities and households. The ways in which the women each support each other in some way promotes the need for solidarity in such issues.

The end of the text itself is definitely fulfilling and it’s worth a read just for such an emotional conclusion. Especially when taking into consideration the issues that are occurring world wide through the Black Lives Matter movement, I would say that the work of Alice Walker in general is highly beneficial in exploring the plight of African American Women through literature. As a black feminist, she is able to accurately portray numerous characters and events that are powerful and equally as heartbreaking.

I would definitely recommend this book!

Happy reading!

Meg x

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