African literature: The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker

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There is so much that Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple gives a reader to reflect on. Celie’s difficult life which is uncovered throughout the novel exposes her rape and bearing of children from her stepfather at a young age...

...Married to a man "Mr." who does not love or care for her, she still finds love in Shug, a woman who is also loved dearly by her husband. Nettie who runs away from home and becomes a missionary travels to Africa to teach the Olinka tribe although later face difficulties of a changing society. She eventually reunites with her sister Celie as well as returns Celie’s children home. 

Womanhood, sexuality as well as racial indifferences are themes in this book that are significant to look at.


Review by: Astrid, Images: Africanlife


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