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Love, From A to Z by Robin Alexander

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ Robin Alexander books are like a carefully hoarded treat that we dip into when we feel rather deserving. Though this one was...

The Color Purple By Alice Walker


A Pulitzer winning novel made into a much-nominated movie, The Color Purple, hardly needs an introduction. It is ostensibly a story about two sisters, Celie and Nettie, writing to each other across continents but in reality it is a story of growing up and coming into one’s own. This is particularly true of Celie, whose voice is stronger and more intimate of the two.

Abused and used, Celie is a typical product of her times (the forties), race (African-American) and gender (woman) who knows no better and expects no different. That is until Shug comes into her life. Shug, a flamboyant woman, somewhat notorious, a blues singer for whom Celie’s husband has a thing. So Shug first comes into Celie’s life as the Other Woman. But the fiery, bisexual Shug quickly becomes more.

It is through her relationship with Shug that Celie finally finds self-worth and independence. It is a beautiful example of the empowerment that one woman can offer another via a respectful relationship.

The novel spans a period of thirty years – from the time Celie is fourteen to the time she is forty-four. The backbone of the novel is the relationship between Celie and Shug and the watershed changes that this relationship has.

The Color Purple is absorbing and an excellent book.


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