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The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

izfehy's review

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emotional slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5

cgirton's review

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5.0

Even though I have a degree in English literature, and even though I taught high school English, I had never read this book until now. I'm so glad I read it when I did.

The Color Purple is an undeniable American classic. Alice Walker tells this story of two sisters who grow up to live two very different lives, while still holding to the hope that they will reunite and the love that they share. I love reading this story through (mainly) Celie's eyes as she writes letters to God and to her sister. It is heartbreaking to imagine the things she went through, the emotional rollercoasters she experienced, and the trauma she had to learn to overcome on her own.

This is one of those books that changes you. I wish it was taught more often in high school American literature classes.

luisaanjos's review against another edition

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challenging emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5

Um livro assombroso com final feliz

Comprei esse livro no início de 2020 e, até aqui, tentei tantas vezes lê-lo sem sucesso, mas com a chegada de 2023 eu decidi que desse ano não passava. e de fato, na segunda semana de janeiro, (re)descobri a potência dessas páginas, através de curtas epístolas que aos poucos foram me puxando pelos braços. tive boas experiências com romances epistolares, e esse não foi uma exceção. 

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mcnamasa's review against another edition

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5.0

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it"

lsdthoughts's review

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emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.25

fantasticmrethan's review against another edition

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5.0

No words.

doms1990's review

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dark emotional sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

coffee_and_airpods's review against another edition

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Powerful book! At time challenging because of the strong topics (sexism and racism), I enjoyed the writing style and the letter format of the book.

I absolutely recommend it!

angelaonmars's review against another edition

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emotional sad medium-paced

3.75

lizzieh96's review against another edition

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3.0

It's clearly a very important novel, and I definitely get that feeling as I read it. It deserves all the praise, and I want to love it; it's just not my style. It will definitely be one that stays with me and makes me think for a long time, though.