The Color Purple by Alice Walker

View from this book:

Flying back to school, work, and rain in Oregon after a long spring break in SE Asia.

The book:

Man, oh man.  (Or, as my roommate says, Woman, oh woman.)  This book is incredibly, brutally powerful, and narrates a journey so despairing and joyous that you’ll cry for America.  Walker explores themes of race, misogyny, poverty, incest, rape, motherhood, heteronormativity, religion, creativity, and love, just to name a few.  If there’s any book from your shoulda-read-in-school pile that you really should dive into, this is it; Walker is an incredible, courageous author, and I think I’m running out of superlatives that describe just how intensely poignant, enraging, and heartbreaking it is to read this muy heavy book.  To finish off my gushing, here’s an interview with Walker on BBC with fascinating stories about how she went about writing the book as well as discussions of the world’s reception to it.  9 out of 10.

The Color Purple


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