The Color Purple
11 journalers for this copy...
from the first page:
You better not never tell nobody but God. It'd kill your mammy.
I am fourteen years old.
Last spring after little Lucious came I heard them fussing. He was pulling on her arm. She say It too soon, Fonso, I ain't well. Finally he leave her alone. A week go by, he pulling on her arm again. She say Naw, I ain't gonna. Can't you see I'm already half-dead, an all of these children.
She went to visit her sister doctor over Macon. Left me to see after the others. He never had a kine word to say to me. Just say You gonna do what your mammy wouldn't. First he put his thing up against my hip and sort of wiggle it around. Then he grab hold me titties. Then he push his thing inside my pussy. When that hurt, I cry. He start to choke me, saying You better shut up and git used to it.
But I don't never get used to it. And now I feels sick every time I be the one to cook. My mama she fuss at me an look at me. She happy, cause he good to her now. But too sick to last long.
copyright 1982, 245 pages, trade paperback (former library book)
Shipping order (subject to change):
wiccania (Denver, CO, USA - US only)
dg7500 (Manheim, PA, USA - US pref.)
randomelement (Hull, MA, USA - int'l)
Fire-Dragon (London, England - Eur. pref.)
wubbaducky (Addlestone, Surrey, England - Eur. pref.)
FiBe (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England - Eur. pref.)
giggogg (Derby, England - Eur. pref.) -- asked to be skipped
BettyBoekWurm (Porto, Portugal - Eur. pref., int'l OK)
Sherlockfan (Wellington, New Zealand - int'l) <----------here
THIS BOOK HAS REACHED THE END OF THE RAY! THANKS TO ALL! 2 October 2006
I have no set time period that I ask you to read this in -- I understand there is life beyond Bookcrossing! -- but just be considerate to your fellow ringmates waiting ever so patiently for their turn and keep it moving in a timely fashion. Media/surface mail is fine. Don't hesitate to let me know if you need to be moved farther down the list or removed altogether.
UPDATE 10 June 06 -- I've gotten my hands on another copy of this book so this is now a RAY and will not come home to me.
book will be en route to dg7500 in the next couple of days
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On it's way to randomelement. Enjoy!
Shipped via media mail w/ dc.
I'm looking forward to reading it.
I have mailed this book to Fire-Dragon in the UK. The USPS is estimating a 4-6 week delivery time.
Enjoy the book when it arrives.
It was heartbreaking to read about life as a poor black woman in the early twentieth century and devastating to read about the annihilation of the Olinka - African tribal people displaced by roadbuilding and rubber plantations. Walker doesn't flinch from the truth yet she also shows us great love, compassion, loyalty and happiness.
I found this book very easy to read. I really enjoyed both Celie and Nettie's voice. Often I find that when authors try to write in dialect or show an uneducated grammar and vocabulary it doesn't work very well and distracts me from the story. Even something like Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting worked much better for me as a film than a book and that's probably an example of where it's done better than the norm. But Walker does this effortlessly so that you barely notice but it helps to evoke character.
I love at the end that Walker thanks the characters in her novel "for coming".
This was read as part of my project to read the top 100 books of the 20th century - see my Century of Books blog for more details.
Thank you for sharing - I will PM wubbaducky shortly and get the book moving soon.
Waiting for FiBe's addy
I think Possessing the Secret of Joy is the sequel to this book which I have also read but I preferred The Colour Purple.
I liked the fact that most of the book was in letter form it made if feel more intimate.
giggogg no longer wants to take part in this bookring so I have pm'd the next person on the list and will send on once I have received their address.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to the next person. Thanks again for letting me take part.
A lovely read. Celie is such an endearing character, and hearing her speak in the first person seems to bring us closer to her. In fact, all the characters seem to become real because we meet them through Celie's eyes. Truly touching. Even though I haven't had much reading time lately, I found myself going through this book in a jiffy.
I'll be sendig it to Sherlockfan later today. Thanks for sharing Dospecados!
It was a very sad book in many ways and kept on having an underlying sadness even though the lives for Celie and Nettie gradually improved; I was sad that these things happened and horrified knowing that some of the behaviour in those families still occurs today.
Once I heard that I was last in the ray I wrote about that in my LJ and Rars requested it so it is now on its way south. The condition of the book wasn't brilliant as clumps of pages had worked loose. I've tried to patch it with "proper" booktape so I hope it will survive to pass through some more NZ readers. Over to you Rars.
I was on a bookring for it, but my name was far down the list.
So when Sherlockfan said she had a copy at the end of a bookray I was most happy to be a part of it.
I have just finished a book today so this will be the next book I read. :o)
I enjoyed the stories, lots of different characters.
It didn't take me long to get used to the style of talking, however I did have a bit of a problem with the lack of speach marks. Not knowing when someone is talking or thinking.
Anyway, sadly the book has fallen further apart, reading the book in bed last night, 2/3 of it has fallen out.
I am hoping that I can pass it on to someone else that can repair it further.
Thank you for letting me read this book, I hope to pass it to another BCer so it can continue its journey. :o)
I took this book with me to Christchurch on our long weekend.
Went to a Meetup and put it on the table, someone picked it up so it can continue to travel.