Everyone has their definition of disturbing when it comes to a book. The first thing that usually comes to mind are grotesque creatures or someone committing bloody murder. However, for me no other book gave me more discomfort the moment I read the first page than Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Let’s look at the opening sentence:
“You better not tell nobody but God. It’d kill your mammy.”
Reading that sentence was horrifying for me and it could only get worst from there. I don’t think I even batted on eyelash while reading the opening chapter. It was a brutal opening scene and I couldn’t help but feel nauseated and the images were so vivid in my mind that I had to take a break reading it. Clearly Alice Walker wrote a great novel; however, I still find this book too disturbing to read a second time around.