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Alice Walker (1) (1944–)

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Alice Walker won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her novel The Color Purple. Her other bestselling novels include By the Light of My Father's Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy, and The Temple of My Familiar. She is also the author of two collections of short stories, three mostra altro collections of essays, five volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eaton, Georgia, Walker now lives in Northern California. Like so many characters in her fiction, Alice Walker was born into a family of sharecroppers in Eaton, Georgia. She began Spelman College on a scholarship and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 1965. While still in college, Walker became active in the civil rights movement and continued her involvement after she graduated, serving as a voter registration worker in Georgia. She also worked in a Head Start program in Mississippi and was on the staff of the New York City welfare department. She has lectured and taught at several colleges and universities and currently operates a publishing house, Wild Trees Press, of which she is a co-founder. Walker began her literary career as a poet, publishing Once: Poems in 1968. The collection reflects her experiences in the civil rights movement and her travels in Africa. Her second collection of poetry, Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), is a celebration of the struggle against oppression and racism. In between these two collections, she published her first novel, The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970), the story of Ruth Copeland, a young black girl, and her grandfather, Grange, who brutalizes his own family out of the frustrations of racial prejudice and his own sense of inadequacy. Walker's first collection of short stories, In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973), established her special concern for the struggles, hardships, loyalties, and triumphs of black women, a powerful force in the rest of her fiction. Meridian (1976), her second novel, is the story of Meridian Hill, a civil rights worker. In her second collection of short stories, You Can't Keep A Good Woman Down (1981), Walker again portrays black women struggling against sexual, racial, and economic oppression. Walker's third novel, The Color Purple (1982), brought her the national recognition denied her earlier works. Through this story of the sharecropper Celie and the abuses she endures, Walker draws together the themes that have run through her earlier work into a concentrated and powerful attack on racism and sexism, and produces a triumphant celebration of the spirit and endurance of black women. The book received the Pulitzer Prize and was made into a successful film. Walker describes her most recent novel, The Temple of My Familiar (1989) as "a romance of the last 500,000 years." The book is a blend of myth and history revolving around three marriages. As the married couples tell their stories, they explore both their origins and the inner life of modern African Americans. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra meno
Fonte dell'immagine: Photographed at BookPeople in Austin, Texas by Frank Arnold


Opere di Alice Walker

Il colore viola (1982) 20,013 copie, 338 recensioni
The Temple of My Familiar (1989) 2,450 copie, 21 recensioni
Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992) 2,245 copie, 34 recensioni
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983) 1,414 copie, 10 recensioni
Meridian (1976) 1,308 copie, 12 recensioni
You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (1981) 864 copie, 8 recensioni
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) 756 copie, 8 recensioni
In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973) 720 copie, 9 recensioni
Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart (2004) 547 copie, 9 recensioni
The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (1996) 473 copie, 7 recensioni
The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (1996) 446 copie, 1 recensione
Living by the Word (1988) 365 copie
Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1984) 267 copie, 6 recensioni
Revolutionary Petunias (1973) 207 copie, 1 recensione
Why War Is Never a Good Idea (2007) 203 copie, 27 recensioni
Once: Poems (1976) 159 copie, 2 recensioni
To Hell with Dying (1967) 137 copie, 4 recensioni
The Chicken Chronicles: A Memoir (2011) 133 copie, 5 recensioni
Langston Hughes: American Poet (1974) 117 copie, 15 recensioni
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems (2010) 117 copie, 3 recensioni
A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems and Drawings (2003) 105 copie, 2 recensioni
Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart (2018) 101 copie, 4 recensioni
Finding the Green Stone (1611) 91 copie, 3 recensioni
Everyday Use (1973) 82 copie
Alice Walker Banned (1996) 54 copie
The Complete Stories (1994) 54 copie, 1 recensione
Collected Poems (2005) 19 copie
Alice Walker Poetry (1985) 11 copie
Gardening the Soul (2000) 7 copie, 1 recensione
Moeders en dochters (1988) 6 copie
My Life As My Self (1995) 4 copie
The Sweet Abyss (2004) 4 copie, 1 recensione
Följeslagaren (1990) 3 copie
Zugvögel (2002) 2 copie
Am I Blue 1 copia
"The Flowers" 1 copia

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Informazioni generali



I temi portanti di questo romanzo sono due: la violenza e l'ignoranza, esposti con l'ingenuità di due sorelle che lentamente e a fatica trovano la loro strada.

Ciò che ho apprezzato maggiormente è stata la volontà dell'autrice di mostrare la forza che c'è in una vittima e la debolezza e meschinità che stanno dietro alla violenza. E soprattutto: vittima e carnefice non sono ruoli scolpiti nella pietra e possono cambiare. Attenzione, cambiare, non scambiarsi. La vittima può imparare il coraggio di non subire la vita; il carnefice può imparare a prendersi le proprie responsabilità, fallimenti e fragilità incluse.

L'unico modo per riuscirci sembra essere la sconfitta dell'ignoranza, non solo del sapere, ma anche della consapevolezza di sé e del proprio valore. Celie pensa di essere niente finché non arriva Shug che le insegna ad apprezzare il suo essere donna, l'amore, la vita, la bellezza del mondo.

Vuoi farmi credere che Dio ti ama anche se non hai mai fatto niente per lui? Voglio dire, anche se non sei mai andata in chiesa, non hai mai cantato nel coro, non hai mai portato da mangiare al pastore e roba del genere?
Ma se Dio mi ama, Celie, non devo mica fare tutte queste cose. A meno che ne abbia voglia. C'è un sacco di altre cose che faccio che piacciono a Dio, ne sono sicura.
E cosa per esempio? chiedo io.
Oh, dice lei. Starmene tranquilla ad ammirare qualcosa. Esser felice. Divertirmi.
… (altro)
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Un racconto a due voci attraverso una corrispondenza che non arriverà mai destinazione: la voce principale è quella di Celie, violentata dall'uomo che credeva essere suo padre, priva dei due figli, sposata a un uomo che odia. Sua sorella Nettie sfugge a un destino analogo e viene accolta da una coppia di missionari che hanno adottato bambini di Celie. Separate per trent'anni, le due sorelle vivono senza sapere nulla l'una dell'altra. Le lettere di Nettie non raggiungono Celie; e questa, oppressa dalla vergogna della sua condizione, non riesce a scrivere che a Dio. Ma la vita per Celie cambierà colore quando l'amante del marito, una donna eccezionale di nome Shug Avery, verrà a vivere con loro. Romanzo di intenso impatto emotivo, definito dalla critica americana "opera che resterà importante nella narrativa mondiale di tutti tempi", il colore viola ha ottenuto nel 1983 l'American Book Award e il Premio Pulitzer per la narrativa.… (altro)
sandro_verzilli | 337 altre recensioni | Jan 3, 2012 |


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