Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Color Purple by Alice Walker is a heart-wrenchingly beautiful tale of love and loss. It's about finding yourself when you think you've hit the lowest point possible.
I kind of can't explain how much I liked this book. The summary doesn't make it sound like it'd be my cup of tea, and I know it's a classic, but sometimes classics have endured for stupid reasons. The Color Purple is not one of those classics. It's beautiful and wonderful and I wish I could reach through my computer screen and make everyone read it.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys epistolary novels with immense character development.
Favorite Quotes (This is basically just going to be the whole book, sorry):
"But I don't know how to fight. All I know how to do is stay alive."
"I make myself wood. I say to myself, Celie, you a tree. That's how come I know trees fear man."
"I dream of murder, she say, I dream of murder sleep or wake."
"Because the black is so black the eye is simply dazzled, and then there is the shining that seems to come, really, from moonlight, it is so luminous, but their skin glows even in the sun."
"You somebody to Nettie, she say. And she be pissed if you change on her while she on her way home."
"Oh, Celie, unbelief is a terrible thing. And so is the hurt we cause others unknowingly."
"Everything want to be loved. Us sing and dance, make faces and give flower bouquets, trying to be loved. You ever notice that trees do everything to git attention we do, except walk?"
"Every time I conjure up a rock, I throw it."
"Why any woman give a shit what people think is a mystery to me."
"I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, the more I love."