"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The American Library Association published the list of the Top Ten Most Banned Books of 2009 in preparation for Banned Book Week which is September 25-October 2nd this year. The Color Purple by Alice Walker is once again on that list. Can you imagine that people are still trying to ban students from reading this book over 27 years after it was published?  But actually most of the books on the list were published decades ago.  I swear that act of attempting a ban on a book increases interest in the book.  "There is nothing like a shovelful of dirt to encourage literacy." (Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin)

So I finally read The Color Purple.  Sometimes I am embarrassed when I consider the books I haven't read.  Up until a week ago this book was on that list.  As I started reading it I realized that I basically didn't know anything about the book other than it was about a black family and incest occurred. Here's a quick summary about the book:   "The Color Purple by Alice Walker, published in 1982. It won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983. A feminist novel about an abused and uneducated black woman's struggle for empowerment, the novel was praised for the depth of its female characters and for its eloquent use of black English vernacular." -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

 I don't need to tell you to read it.  If you haven't read it you know you should. It is not just a fabulous book it is an important book. It has an important message for all people about the transformative power of love and friendship in overcoming cruelty and despair. It is a powerful statement about the power we have within us to better our lives.

Read a banned book this week. 
"Think for yourself and let others do the same."


  1. It's embarrassing to admit that I haven't read it either!! I hope there is a library in heaven because I'm not going to finish all the books I want to read unless I live for another 200 years. :)

  2. Just hopping by to say hello. A great book and the film was every bit as good which is something I don't often find myself saying. Anyway, nice to have met you, I've enjoyed my visit.

  3. Was looking for the Blogger Hop!

    I love reading your reviews though.

    Check out my Hop here:
    Book Blogger Hop, Follow Friday and a Giveaway!

  4. I Have a blast hopping to/following new blogs!

    Here is my post! I am a seriously eclectic reader! I follow blogs via google reader!

  5. Following from Crazy-For-Books! I'm excited to see what you come up with. Check out my site at www.benterudbookshelf.blogspot.com

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I voted in your poll!

    I also have not read this book yet. It is embarrassing all the books I haven't read yet, but there are so many!

    This week I'll definitely be reading Speak and maybe Slaughterhouse Five...because that's another one I'm ashamed to admit I've never read.

  7. I haven't read Slaughterhouse Five either. I am reading Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher right now. The topic of the book is censorship.

  8. Okay, so I hope you will forgive my total lateness in hopping, this weekend was such a haze I can't begin to describe it.

    However, I do love your blog and I'm a new follower. And, I'm definitely voting in your poll!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile


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