The Color Purple… aka Slit My Wrist Blood Red

July 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

color_purpleTitle:The Color Purple
Author: Alice Walker
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Length: 288 pages, of which I only read about 75

It is quite possible that if I were to finish this book in it’s entirety without skimming, I might feel like slitting my wrist by the time I made it to the end.  So though I only made it 75 pages in, I’m finished reading The Color Purple.  I’m weak, or whatever, I can’t handle it.

Regardless of the fact that it is by far one of the most depressing topics out there, I cannot stand reading the dialect.  And I’m from the South.  Is this how Brits feel when they read Cockney?

I mean, I get it, they spoke that way then.  And some people still do. Whatever.  But I can’t handle 288 pages of it, on top of all the incest and baby drama.

So while Celie is praying for God to save her from this horrible life, I’m praying for that saving to involve some kind of literacy that will iron out all the times she says “ast” instead of “ask” and turn all the “dats” into “thats.”

God forbid I say this, being that I am a huge fan of reading and I’ve yet to see either of my examples in production – but maybe some stories are better absorbed via a Broadway musical than in a book.  (Hearing dialect and reading dialect are very different things to me.) Some things like: The Color Purple and Wicked, for example.

So, since I can’t stomach the book, I’m going to break a rule of mine and attempt the movie or musical soon.  I think a story can be important and still not feel the need to suffer through it in certain formats.

Color Purple movie

What about you guys? Anyone read or seen The Color Purple? Share your thoughts.

Maybe if I can survive the movie, I’ll try again.

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Gloriously Symmetrical

January 18, 2010 at 12:32 am (Reviews, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

As beautiful as The Time Traveler’s Wife is, Audrey Niffenegger’s Her Fearful Symmetry is awful.  Every moment, every line is filled with mystery, sadness, and the terrible selfishness of humanity.  I loved it.

People have described this second novel as disappointing.  I feel as though it was done on purpose.  I cried on page one, knowing that the rest of the book could not be even remotely as beautiful or as happy; and by the end I had been disappointed by every character so often, I merely settled into a sigh of understanding.  Of course it ends this way, of course.  The novel was gloriously backwards, in comparison to Niffenegger’s first book, just as Valentina is a backward version of Julia.

If you read it, I think you’ll understand my meaning.

Buy Her Fearful Symmetry

If you liked it, I also recommend:

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (although The Lovely Bones is not nearly as fascinating, the writing is most excellent)

The Mercy of Thin Air – Domingue (equally calm and spooky, but add a southern American drawl)

Swan – Frances Mayes (for the characters and her always amazing prose, also set in the American south)

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