THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker

Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate, and continuing over the course of her marriage to “Mister,” a brutal man who terrorizes her. Celie eventually learns that her abusive husband has been keeping her sister’s letters from her and the rage she feels, combined with an example of love and independence provided by her close friend Shug, pushes her finally toward an awakening of her creative and loving self.







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Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Bad Role Model, Greed


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Comments: This was a fascinating book in parts. The descriptions of black America and the lifestyle fascinated and tormented me. However this book details some very graphic and horrendous situations. Also there is a detailed lesbian relationship. Really I don't know how I finished this book it was so despicable in so many ways, the abuse and the poor slaves, it gives me chills. I shouldn't have. But I admit I was a horrified/fascinated to find out if Celie ever got out of the mess she made and if her life could be good.

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