I vaguely remember there being a movie based on this book back in the 80s, but I didn't know anything about the story. It turns out that this is a story about a poor black girl, Celie, who becomes a teenage bride and suffers abuse and poverty. It's also the story of her sister, Nettie, who lives with a missionary family in Africa, although we don't learn her story until almost halfway through the book.
The book is written in diary and letter form. There's a good bit of profanity and some explicit sexual scenes (incest, rape & a homosexual relationship between Celie & Shug). The graphic sexual abuse and violence are disturbing, making this story about racism, poverty and inequality difficult to read. While the book has been praised for the "eloquent use of black English vernacular," the poor diction makes it a slow read. And rather than name Celie's husband, he is referred to as Mr. _______. It was also disappointing to me that the spiritual theme was skewed as the characters conclude that everything is God.
Have you read this book? Please share your thoughts in the comments.