Sunday, June 24, 2007

Alice Walker Review

There is a enlighting review, or short bio piece, on Alice Walker in the Guardian Newspaper. I never knew that Ms. Walker had such mixed feelings for her novel The Color Purple. I personally don't think that book is her best work (although I really liked the film depiction, Whoopi Goldberg's best work). I prefer her short stories in In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women and You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down.

From The Guardian review of Alice Walker by Aida Edemariam:
"Free spirit" —

Celie's story won Walker a Pulitzer prize for fiction, the first for an African-American woman. It has sold 5m copies and has been translated into 25 languages. The 1985 Steven Spielberg movie made over $100m (of which she feels she didn't get quite the cut she should have); the musical has been a hit in New York, Atlanta, Chicago; audiences have bought over $5m-worth of The Color Purple souvenirs. The book altered the face of African-American literature, and Walker's life both for better and worse: it earned her years of abuse from other African-Americans; its reception damaged her relationship with her partner, from whom she eventually separated, and with her only daughter.


Post a Comment