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The Color Purple

Updated on June 14, 2014

The Color Purple is a wonderful book which is easy to read. It is written in a colloquial style. This is what I found so appealing about the novel. Set in Georgia in the early 1900s, it portrays a very shady time in American history. This is a profound piece of literature which was eventually turned into a movie. This movie was groundbreaking at the time. I was so moved as a child by scenes in the movie that I cried many tears. It is a serious drama about race, domestic violence, and other significant issues. This film was made in 1985. The book won the Pulitizer Prizer for fiction in 1983. I was 9 years old when this movie was released. This movie is part of my childhood and shaped my ideas of what serious drama is in film.

I was in my 20s when I finally read the book by Alice Walker. I was surprised at how engrossing it was. The language was not formal. It was written in a style which would make you believe it was written by an uneducated black woman from that time period. This made it seem like an extremely innovative piece of realism. It is not easy to copy this style of writing in a convincing manner. The fluid writing style makes it a breeze to get through the writing. I was turning page after page as though my fingers were on fire. This book I was able to read in just 1 evening. 

This book was made into a movie which helped 3 actors emerge into fame. Oprah Winfrey is a household name at this point in time. In 1985 she had no acting experience, but had read the novel at age 28. Oprah really wanted to be part of this movie and became obsessed with being in the film. This film was the beginning of her career. It also put Whoopi Goldberg on the map as a very famous actress. We often think of Whoopi Goldberg as a comedian. This film shows that she is profoundly talented and can do more than just make us laugh. Dan Glover was so convincing in his role that his 92 year old grandmother left the screening. She was upset and said that he had been raised to treat women better than that. Danny Glover says that it is difficult even now for him to watch many scenes in the movie. 

In the 1990s this film and book was adapted to Broadway. This book has had a significant impact on society. I highly recommend it as a classic piece of literature. I recommend both the book and the film. I have never seen the Broadway play.


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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Saw the movie, but have not read the the book. Great Movie!!!!

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I have not yet read the book but the movie was so powerful, moving, compelling. Truly it is a story worth being told.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I never read it but I loved the movie!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I have seen the movie but have not read the book, The Color Purple. Indeed it was a deeply affecting film and I can easily understand Glover's grandmother's reaction to his role in the movie.