The Color Purple is a series of letters written by a poor Southern black woman, Celie, to God and her sister. Celie, our main character of this book, has been abused most of her life. First by her very father who abused & raped her & gave away her/their babies. Then she is given to a man who also abuses her. This is not an easy book to read. It is sad & heartbreaking at times. There is rape, abuse, sexism, etc. There is also hope, strength, resilience, love & yes, happiness. There are many themes which have been tackled in this book: slavery, education & literacy, violence, religious belief and colonialism.
Alice Walker's characters are not caricatures as they are well-developed & multi-dimensional, i.e., not only with both their good & bad sides revealed to the readers but also the reasons why they behave or think that way. Even the secondary characters like Squeak or Mary Agnes contributes in bringing out the nature of many main characters.
The only complaint that I felt last night when I finished the book was that the beginning was dramatic & totally engaging. The middle part was full of twists, revelations & endeavors. But the ending was something that felt contrived & unrealistic in my taste. How could it be that happy after all what the characters have gone through? Not that I wanted to dampen the mood of the readers or not to picture hope in the gloom of Georgia during that sad phase in American history but hey, if life is fair then we should have been beaming, smiling & even giggling everyday, right? However, this is not Walker's fault & I know that this won the Pulitzer & National Book Award on the same year & being the first black woman recipient of those, Walker made history but still, I prefer my favorite novels to be a bit realistic. I don't care if I end up sad & neurotic for few days after reading a book as long as it is breathtakingly beautifully written.
This book tells us of the up-hill battles we all will face at some point in our lives. It shows us that we all face these battles but some fight harder ones. The paths we take in life are our own. At the end of the day we all have to find a way through. I'm going with 4 out of 5 Stars ✨