April 21, 2016
Looking Back - The Color Purple
Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1982 Washington Square Press
Finished on March 8, 1996
Rating: 5/5 (Superb!)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1983
National Book Award for Fiction 1983
Published to unprecedented acclaim, The Color Purple established Alice Walker as a major voice in modern fiction. This is the story of two sisters—one a missionary in Africa and the other a child wife living in the South—who sustain their loyalty to and trust in each other across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic novel of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.
My Original Notes:
Superb! I couldn't put it down. Saw the movie when it first came out (1984) and liked it. Some of it [the book] made me think of Beloved by Toni Morrison. I rented the video to watch again, since it's been 12 years. Highly recommend!
My Current Thoughts:
Well, I thought I still had a copy of this book, but I can't locate it anywhere, so maybe I decided it wasn't one I was going to read again. Actually, I think I did read it a second time, but it must have been prior to the creation of this blog. I sure don’t remember much about this book, though, and only have a vague recollection of the movie.
I haven't read anything else by Alice Walker, but I'm open to recommendations.