Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Color Purple - book review

As I continue working toward my goal to read all the Pulitzer Prize winners in fiction, I'm finding that many of the books are "downers" . . . like the 1983 winner, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker.
 

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.

3 comments:

Sian said...

This is one of those books that has always been on my "to read sometime" list

Barbara Eads said...

I read this book years ago. I'm contemplating seeing the Broadway play when we go to NYC next spring.

Missus Wookie said...

I read this book, I didn't see the movie as the book was so hard to read but saw clips and then bits as it was on near me one visit to a friend.

Agreeing with you tho' that many of the most celebrated books are those that show the depth and angst of life - and are therefore downers.