Confession: I am occasionally reluctant to read The Classics. Like most recovering English Majors, I’ve had my fair share of over-rated, over-blown classics that made me roll my eyes and grown “Who actually enjoys this stuff?”
But, I also felt rather embarrassed that last year’s 31 New Things read was Twilight. So, um. Let’s remedy that, shall we?
The Color Purple is set in rural Georgia, in the 1930s. Without giving away the spoilers or depressing you with the realities of race and gender relations during that time period, the book centers on two sisters: Celie and Nettie. They’ve been separated by circumstance (Nettie’s a missionary in Africa and Celie’s been forced to marry a man she doesn’t love and raise his children in Georgia). The book tells the stories of their lives through the letters they write to each other.
Here are some of my favorite bits:
“I am making some pants for you to beat the heat in Africa. Soft, white, thin. Drawstring waist. You won’t ever have to feel too hot and overdress again. I plan to make them by hand. Every stich I sew will be a kiss.”
“Oh Celie, she say, stepping out the car, dress like a moving star, I missed you more than I missed my own mama.”
“I feel a little peculiar round the children. For one thing they grown. And I see they think me and Nettie and Shug and Albert and Samuel and Harpo and Sofia and Jack and Odessa real old and don’t know much what going on. But I don’t think us feel old at all. And us so happy. Matter of fact, I think this the youngest us ever felt.””But if God love me, Celie, I don’t have to do all that. Unless I want to. There a lot of other things I can do that I speck God likes.
What classics do you love? I love Pride and Predjudice (obviously), David Copperfield and Anna Karenina. Which classics do you think are over-rated?