The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Sometimes it is refreshing to take a break from what’s new in order to revisit a classic. That is exactly what I did with The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s seminal, astounding novel. I remember watching the movie in high school so knew most of the players: namely, narrator Celie and later, her sister Nettie. But I didn’t experience the depth of feeling that Walker pours into her characters–they practically leap off the page, as if they are sitting in the room with you while you read. Heavy issues, such as racism, sexism, domestic violence are handled deftly. Walker also tackles spirituality and religion in brilliant fashion. It is rare that so dark of novel transcends to joy. A stunner, and a classic for a reason.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WALKER, ALICE)

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