Friday, 3 July 2009

The Colour Purple

I must confess that I really did not want to drag myself away from my beloved Austen to read The Colour Purple for book club. However, I'm glad I did because it's a very good book. I did think that Celie's first person narration was much more convincing than the epistolary form of Nettie's story. I liked the way that Celie worked through her troubles creatively by sewing and quilting which then became a source of income.

In Alice Walker's introduction to the tenth anniversary edition she talks of the colour purple, how 'this colour is always a surprise, but is everywhere in nature.' So true.


Paperback Reader said...

I am glad to read that you managed to read this for book group in time. I do intend to read it at long last this year. Also 'Persuasion' for the very first time (it being the only completed Austen novel that remains unread).

What a wonderful quote.

StuckInABook said...

I love the effort you put into your photographs, they're always beautiful and apt.

Vintage Reading said...

Paperback Reader, I look foward to your review of Persuasion, it's my favourite Austen.

StuckInABook, thanks! The pics are just for fun - can't waste valuable reading time.

Nicola x