The Colour Purple was a good quick read. I love how each 'chapter' was small, as they are written in letter form, either to God or to Celie's sister. Nettie. As they were written in this way, it meant that I could read it is really short bursts, kind of like reading a blog post. I really liked how the it flowed due to this.
A quick version of the book goes something like this...
Celie's life is hard, her mother dies when she is still young. Her Pa, who she finds out later is not her abuses her and she is then shunned at church as she has 2 babies by him. The father either gives the babies away or sells them to a local couple who are quite wealthy.
A man approaches her Pa to ask if he can marry Nettie. He puts him off her and marries Celie off to him. Her husband already has children, so she is off to keep house for him. Her sister Nettie is clever and Celie doesnt want her Pa to abuse her like she was so they hatch a plan for her to get away.
Without knowing Celie gets her to go and seek help from the couple that she sees in the street who are wealthy (without knowing it, these are the people that had taken her children in). Nettie becomes a missionary with the couple and travels to Africa with them and stays there for 30 something years. In this time Celie never hears from her. But she writes her and God letters.
Celie's husband is actually in love with Sugar Avery and had children with her before he met Celie. Sugar is a singer. Celie falls in love with her, when the husband brings her home as she is very ill. Celie nurses her and whilst she is there, the husband never beats Celie. Sugar makes Celie believe that she is worth something.
Celie's husband, Albert, hides all the letters that Nettie has been writing to Celie, years and years worth. Sugar and Celie, go through his things and find them. Celie is broken by this. After a while Celie begins to break loose and and one point tells Albert what she thinks. Everyone is astonished that she has found her voice.
Celie goes to live with Sugar. leaving Albert and starts a business of making trousers for everyone and anyone that wants them. Something changes here and it is like she steps into the light and some how has some peace. For one reason or another she starts to see Albert again and he is a changed man. At one point he even says he would like to live like man and wife again. Celie denies him.
Celie's Pa, marries a young girl and they live in a house built on Celie's biological fathers land and has been taking all of the money from the store as if he owned it himself. When Pa dies, Celie finds out that the land and store along with all the buildings belong to her and Nettie.
After many years Nettie returns home and is reunited with Celie.
I really liked this book. I liked how it flowed and that it wasnt hard to read. I didnt have to re-read anything and will definitely read it again. Maybe even next year. At the end of the book, I felt happy that Celie had Nettie again. I dont think I would have liked it if it had ended with Nettie dying abroad.
Sorry it is a bit all over the place with this review. Lifes a little busy right now.