I believe The Color Purple is the type of book that you get out of it what you put into it. The language is harsh, the dialect used can be annoying, and you will rage at the mistreatment of the women in this book, but you will also come out the other side with a better understanding of Black Americans. The most important thing that I took away from this book is that the elderly black women I know are the same age as the small children in this book. When you think about generations of people, we are not that far removed from The Civil Rights Movement, the 1930s, or even the time of slavery. These hurts, mistreatments, and pains run deep because, really, for a lot of people that are older, they lived through some serious issues when it comes to race inequalities. This gave me a new way of thinking about current race inequalities, education, and police brutality. Things in our current society really need to get better for minorities. What was really special was that I got to talk to my parents about living in Georgia in the 1970s as a minister. The church collected as much printed material as it could to donate to the school system to give to people that were illiterate. The stories my white parents told about the hardships the black people had in the 70s made me realize just how privileged I am in 2016.
One important thing I realized while reading this book is that the sins of the father become the sins of the son. There are so many examples of abuse because their daddy used to do it. What is fantastic is that many of these characters learned how to treat each other by the end of the book and they grew as people. But, even though these characters turned their life around, there are so many other stories about the prejudices, the way of thinking, and uneducated mistreatment of others that are continued down the generations. Sometimes I wonder how anyone could be a racist or mistreat a woman in 2016, it baffles me, but when the sins of the past generation pass on those same thoughts to a new generation, it can still happen.
Anyway, I think reading this story about a woman growing up in Georgia, falling in love with another woman, and reading about the life of this family was a great experience for me. The book itself wasn’t my favorite, but the thoughts outside the book are what made it special. I know it is a short book but don’t rush through this one, instead, take your time and think about how life used to be, and compare it to how life is now.
TBR Priority Rating: 8/10(Read Soon)
18/25 Possible Score
3 – Plot
4 – Characters
3 – Setting
3 – Writing Style
5 – Heart and Mind Aspect