Sunday, January 14, 2024

The Color Purple

Book menu for The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Food mentioned in The Color Purple:
Blackberry jam, 11
Ham, 49-50
Eggs, 49
Grits, 49
Coffee, 49
Flapjacks, 49
Orange juice, 49
Grapefruit, 49
Strawberries and cream, 49
Biscuits, 49-50, 226
Boxed chocolates, 56-57
Fried chicken, 60
Blackberry pie, 60, 208
Cornbread, 60, 208
Lemonade, 64-65, 288
Whiskey, 71
Sandwiches, 133
Cookies, 133
Tea, 133, 214
Dutch chocolate, 138
Palm wine, 147
Chicken and peanut stew, 147, 149
Watermelon, 164
Fruit punch 164beer, 203, 208
Ham and greens, 208
Chitlins and black-eyed peas, 208
Pickled okra, 208
Caramel cake, 208
Oatmeal, 225
Egg rolls, 244
Wonton soup, 244, 246
Fried rice 244
Fortune cookies, 244
Tuna casserole, 261
Potato salad, 288

Books/Authors mentioned in The Color Purple:
Hamlet / William Shakespeare, 256

Music mentioned in The Color Purple:
"Do Like You" / Steven Wonder, epigraph
"A Good Man is Hard to Find" / Bessie Smith, 71
Sophie Tucker, 106
Duke Ellington, 106

Discussable quote from The Color Purple:
"If [God] ever listened to poor colored women the world would be a different place, I can tell you". p.187

The Title is mentioned on:
Page 191: "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it."

Page 192: "Well, us talk and talk bout God, but I'm still adrift. Trying to chase that old white man out of my head. I been so busy thinking bout him I never truly notice nothing God make. Not a blade of corn (how it do that?) not the color purple (where it come from?). Not the little wildflowers. Nothing."

Page numbers refer to the hardcover edition (ISBN: 0151191549))

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