Disclaimer: The following review is one I created for the Fox project, my review is nowhere near what it should be, but I do recommend this book to all readers, as long as you are a little mature.
Review by: Aaron Pape
A lot of people today go through many emotional, physical, and psychological traumas throughout the course of their lifetimes, and today, those that hurt these people are punished. However, in darker times, as in fifty years ago—when the novel is set—these people were not punished. Instead they were allowed to continue the beating their wives, children, or any other woman if the woman’s man allowed, which constitutes as a horrendous act, even today. The Color Purple by Alice Walker reviews this same topic. The main character, Celie, a southern black woman who lives in Georgia around the mid-twentieth century, suffers throughout most of her life at the hands of her stepfather, husband, and other men. This abuse continues until Sofia meets one of her husband’s lovers, Sugar Avery, better known as Shug. Shug fights for Celie by making Celie’s husband, Albert, stop beating her. By the midway point of the novel Celie has a great friend in Shug, while experiencing some situations that even today create titans of issues, such as lesbianism. After Celie stops writing to God, and instead writes to her sister, Nettie—which showed that Celie started to believe in herself, and therefore had more self-confidence—Celie has a business of making pants, and becomes successful and happy with her friends, such as Shug, Celie’s former husband, Mr. Albert’s kids and their families, her sister Nettie, and her two children. This change in character is the precise reason why I would recommend the novel to anybody looking for a good read, that has a good message: all you need is a friend and some hope. Furthermore, the novel has numerous characters that grow and change throughout the story, and become better people in the end. The setting also could never be changed; the concepts of racism and sexism are laced throughout the book, and these issues were at their highest peak at the setting of the novel. The resolution as well works perfectly with the novel, since without this ending, there would not have been much progression in Celie’s personality throughout the course of the novel. The conflict therefore, could also not be changed, or else the resolution must also change. Though all of these parts of the novel work together with the best possible results, not to mention its openness to conflicts such as homosexuality, the story must be provided with a rating of R, due to its sexual content, graphic language, and extreme potty mouthedness. However, since it provides such thoughtful messages about hope and friendship, an openness towards homosexuality, the constant twists and turns introduced by Alice Walker, such as the realization that…nevermind that, I think I’ll let you read the book and find out yourself ;D. Overall, I really enjoyed the book because of its message of hope and friendship, not to mention its openness about homosexuality. Therefore, I happily grace the book with a glowing five out of five stars and encourage everybody that can withstand graceful, yet hackneyed dialect to read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.