Name of the book: The Color purple
Author: Alice Walker
Genre: African American women- fiction, Epistolary novel
ISBN 978 - 0 - 15 - 603182 - 0
No of pages: 294
Publisher : Harcourt, Inc.
Price: 388 (on

Author: Alice Walker, the famous African American writer, has won Pulitzer Award for The Color Purple. She is an activist who has worked for the cause of downtrodden black women. She has coined the term Womanism which is closely associated with feminism.

Blurb says: The Color Purple is the story of two sisters-- one a missionary to Africa and the other a child wife living in the South-- who remain loyal to one another across time, distance, and silence. Beautifully imagined and deeply compassionate, this classic of American literature is rich with passion, pain, inspiration, and an indomitable love of life.

Excerpt: I ast him to take me instead of Nettie while our new mammy sick. But he just ast me what i'm talking bout. I tell him I can fix myself up for him. I duck into my room and comeout wearing horsehair, feathers, and a pair of our new mammy high heel shoes. He beat me for dressing trampy but he do it to me anyway.

Aishwarya speeks: The Color Purple is an account of Celie a black woman who has been marginalized and subjugated by the patriarchal society. She undergoes an array of bitter experiences which a woman of today cannot even think of. She never tries to come out from the cage built by her husband Mr.------- until she meets Shug Avery. Later, Shug, being pictured as woman with a man's will, transforms Celie to a perfect independent woman. Involved in a lesbian relation with Shug, Celie discovers her individuality and even her body that couldn't evoke any feelings in her mind. This saga narrates the distressing life of black women who couldn't even articulate a simple word against the male supremacy. An epistolary novel, The Color Purple also speaks out the strong bond of Celie with her sister Nettie who somehow survives the storms with strong determination. 
I was not reading the novel rather I was experiencing it and that makes the novel more powerful. The author portrays the exact life of black people who were beaten to pulp during the span of colonization.
Each word in this novel expresses the intensity of their pain. Written in Black English, The Color Purple is a Womanist Post colonial novel. A person who has any feeling for woman would certainly love it.

My rating:5/5

Price: $8.95


  1. "a womanist, post colonial novel"- i NEED to read this! wonderful choice, n a lovely review. :)

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  3. @arpita: you will love it and thankyou

  4. I was thinking of reviewing this one next!! Read it a few days back. this has to be one of my favorite books,I cried and laughed all the way with Celie. Do watch the movie by Stephen Spielberg (the movie is somewhat different,but its good)

  5. the name , the cover , the plot .. whoa ! what more to say .. MUST read for sure .. Arpita, let me know if you get this ...

  6. i will definitely let u know,nimue. :)

  7. great review... though i don't think I can read such heavy stuff... good job girl


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