Slow Reads: The Color Purple Week 0

Hi everyone. This is the new weekly post I mentioned I was working on recently. The idea is to read a book over the course of 4-6 weeks, and each week to delve deeply into what has been read the previous week. This will allow for a more interesting analysis of the meaning of the book, and allow me to make predictions, in a way that isn’t possible with book reviews. Reading over a number of weeks also lets you read along at home at the same time, which will hopefully enrich the discussion.

The first book I’ve picked is The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I picked it because it’s supposed to be a classic, which I’m hoping will make it easy to find, and because it is relatively short. Beyond that, I think that the themes of race are very relevant right now, and will be interesting to dissect.

I have discovered that the book doesn’t have chapters, which does make things slightly more awkward when planning how far to read in a week. Therefore, I plan to read the first 50 pages in my copy of the book, which ends with ‘I been scared, he say. Scared. And he cover up his eyes with his hands’, for this time next week.

Let me know what you think of the idea, and if you have any questions about how it works. Hopefully I’ll see you back here next week!


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