My Mini Thoughts

What a story!  This was my book club pick for November, and we had such a good discussion.  

I’ll admit that I was not prepared for the book to start off with a bang.  Celie writes letters to God, and her first letter details the abuse she endured at the hands of her who I assumed was her father.  While I enjoyed following Celie’s character through the years…some parts were hard to stomach.  The men that came and went throughout her life only saw her as property, but back then that wasn’t unusual.  When she married it wasn’t for love, but to look after her husband’s children he had with his first wife. 

The characters that come and go were such a delight to read about.  Sofia and Shug Avery.  Sofia married Celie’s husband’s son, Harpo, and she could hold her own.  Harpo was told the only way to get his wife to listen was to beat her…Sofia beat him back.  Then there is Shug Avery, the singer, who changed Celie’s life in more ways than she could ever imagine.

Overall I would recommend this book.  I am interested in seeing the movie that came out in 1985 starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey and to see how the book and movie compare.

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing:  Shannon Reserve Chardonnay 2016

 

Goodreads Synopsis 

A powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth-century rural Georgia. Separated as girls, sisters Celie and Nettie sustain their loyalty to and hope in each other across time, distance and silence. Through a series of letters spanning twenty years, first from Celie to God, then the sisters to each other despite the unknown, the novel draws readers into its rich and memorable portrayals of Celie, Nettie, Shug Avery and Sofia and their experience. The Color Purple broke the silence around domestic and sexual abuse, narrating the lives of women through their pain and struggle, companionship and growth, resilience and bravery. Deeply compassionate and beautifully imagined, Alice Walker’s epic carries readers on a spirit-affirming journey towards redemption and love.