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The Color Purple is a classic With over a million copies sold in the UK alone it is hailed as one of the all time 'greats' of literature inspiring generations of readersSet in the deep American South between the wars it is the tale of Celie a young black girl born into poverty and segregation Raped repeatedly by the man she calls 'father' she has two children taken away from her is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery singer and magic maker a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny Gradually Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves


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    I give this book 5 stars to spite the myopic David Gilmours and the VS Naipauls of the world who think books written by women are irrelevant I give this 5 stars to make up for the many 123 star ratings it may receive simply because of Alice Walker's forthright honest portrayal of unpleasant truths that are often conveniently shoved under the carpet so as not to disturb the carefully preserved but brittle structure of dogma and century old misconceptions And I award this 5 stars symbolically on Banned Books Week as an apology for all the cowardly sentiments of the ones who misuse their power by banning books thereby shutting out many powerful voices which demand and need to be heardIn my eyes an author's merit lies not only in their sense of aesthetic beauty but also in the scope and reach of their worldviews which must reflect in their craftAlice Walker's is the voice of one such African American writer that recounts a story which not only breaches the boundaries of an issue like emancipation of women but tries to detect a common pattern in problems plaguing civilizations across continents She gives us one horrifying glimpse after another into the lives of women ravaged by unspeakable brutalities like rape and abuse lives searching for meaning and connection and seeking out that elusive ray of hope amidst the darkness of despair And by the end of the narrative she brings to light with great sensitivity that misogyny sexism and blind patriarchal prejudices are as rampantly in vogue in the urban upscale sphere of American cities as they are in the intractable untameable African landscapesCelie and Nettie Shug Avery Sofia and Mary Agnes Tashi and Olivia All these are but different names and many facets of the same disturbing realityIf the lives of Celie and Nettie are torn apart by sexual abuse and humiliation from childhood then Tashi and other unnamed young African girls of the Olinka tribe are victims of genital mutilation and other forms of psychological and physical tortureIf the men of African American families dehumanize the female members to the point of treating them as mere care givers and sex slaves then the objectification of African women by the men of their families is no less appalling And contrary to accepted beliefs white families in America are just as easily susceptible to misogyny as the African American families areBut Alice Walker doesn't only stop at opening our eyes to the uncivilized aspects of our so called civilized world but also shows us how knowledge of the world and people at large self awareness and education can help exorcize such social evils how it is never too late to gain a fresh perspective start anew and how empowerment of women eventually empowers societyDear David Gilmour if I were a professor of English literature I'd have taught Alice Walker to my students without a shred of hesitation because here's an author who may not possess the trademark sophistication of Virginia Woolf's lyrical prose but who nonetheless fearlessly broaches subjects many masters and mistresses of the craft may balk at dealing withAlice Walker 5 | David Gilmour 0