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Despondent over the futility of life in the South, black tenant farmer Grange Copeland leaves his wife and son in Georgia to head North. After meeting an equally humiliating existence there, he returns to Georgia, years later, to find his son, Brownfield, imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the guardian of the couple's youngest daughter, Grange Copeland is looking atDespondent over the futility of life in the South, black tenant farmer Grange Copeland leaves his wife and son in Georgia to head North. After meeting an equally humiliating existence there, he returns to Georgia, years later, to find his son, Brownfield, imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the guardian of the couple's youngest daughter, Grange Copeland is looking at his third -- and final -- chance to free himself from spiritual and social enslavement....

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The Third Life of Grange Copeland Reviews

  • Fabian
    2019-04-25 18:49

    A motley crew of malcontents populate this soaring novel; the death of a main character early on reverberates throughout the story like some primal scream. After reading Walker's first book, there is a 0% chance that you will feel like you didn't share the lives of the heavenly creatures--you will be there with them for all of their minor glories and devastating pitfalls. It is exemplary writing that describes the darkness of humanity, the lack of it in families and communities. There is a back & forth between the characters and their maudlin anecdotes as to establish a sense of democracy--if not in life then at least in her pages. The ugly natures of men ruin everything; but what else did you expect from the mind behind 'The Color Purple'? Honey, clouds, solace? Nah. Actually suffering, sadness & mad melancholy.

  • Paige Farmer
    2019-04-21 18:47

    While I am a die hard fan of The Color Purple, some years ago I stumbled upon this lesser known, yet equally as moving novel by Alice Walker. The Third Life of Grange Copeland gives a realistic glimpse into life as a black man in the early to mid twentieth century, chronicling the inevitable personal and societal changes that come with maturity, wisdom and time. Grange is a man with deep flaws and Ms. Walker's story telling leads the reader through a series of emotions toward him, ranging from sorrow to anger to eventual acceptance and understanding.Despite the fictional nature of the story, the book challenges readers to face life as it was during that time and the impact that slavery and racism had on real lives. Grange and his family may (or may not) be figments of Ms. Walker's imagination, but she brings them to life in the most masterful way. In addition to the vibrancy of the characters, Ms. Walker equally immerses the reader's senses in the backdrop of the times through a salient yet satisfying level of detail.If you loved the Color Purple, I have no doubt you will love The Third Life of Grange Copeland.

  • Jeff
    2019-04-21 22:05

    Love it, love it. It's not like Alice Walker's later books, after she fell under the spell of Carl Jung. More simple, more homespun, same soul. One of my favorites of her books.

  • Trina
    2019-04-20 16:47

    Better than The Color Purple, Walker's first novel is staunchly feminist (in a completely modern human rights kind of way), with a startlingly transparent look into the male characters' motives and perspective on domestic violence. That the reader comes to love such a hateful character as Grange Copeland and feels hope and anger and sorrow and pity for another (who did some truly diabolical things that made me gasp) is testament to Walker's huge talent. This story, while packed with important social observations, lacks the lecturing tone I feel from a lot of her later work.It is interesting --- to me, anyway, because I like to think about how outside influences shape stories --- to note that while Walker was writing this novel, she was falling in love with, engaged to, and newly married to a Jewish civil rights lawyer from Brooklyn. She finished the book just weeks before their daughter was born.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-05 19:59

    How can a family, a community, a race, a nation, a world, be healthy and strong if one half dominates the other half through threats, intimidation and actual acts of violence? -Alice Walker, Afterward: The Third Life of Grange CopelandThis is a very timely novel by the incomparable Ms. Alice Walker. It is a joy and a sorrow that a novel of this subject matter is still relevant in 2017. I wish more would read it or it would be formatted into a movie so that the masses can receive the messages and the thoughts derived from a dialogue about this book opened. Because unfortunately the conversation about race and acceptance seems to never end. This book as Alice tells us in her Afterward was written in the late 60's. This was a time when the subject of Civil Rights was the topic of most conversations. Alice felt it necessary to take on this subject in a way that is tempestuous yet imperative. Yes, a lot of who we are as a race has to do with being the downtrodden of society for centuries but as Grange Copland says in this book, "We own our own souls, don't we?" No matter what institution one finds ones physical body, ones soul is as free as they themselves allow it to be. Who is free and who is mentally enslaved? Because the truth is you can be a slave mentally to many devices. No matter where in the world you find your body, it's your own choice where one can find your mind. This is a story of African American hardship. A classic Alice Walker narrative of the pains and struggles in the Black community. The book takes place in Georgia in 1920 and follows the Copelands up to the 1960's. The story centers around two main figures Grange Copeland and his son Brownfield. Both experience a harsh life filled with oppression in the racist south. They both deal with it in different yet similar ways. Grange, learned the lesson from his life experiences and in his own way found a way to harness the reins of his own soul and take control of his life and responsibility for his actions. Brownfield thinking that he was following in his father's footsteps somewhere slid off the path to right and chose to live consistently in the wrong. For Brownfield there was no accountability for the actions he forced upon the world only blame. If he was not born into the white mans world, he said. If his father hadn't done this. If his mother hadn't done that. If his wife had done this. Or his children done that. Because he carried the overbearing weight of the inferiority he was fed and accepted his self loathing caused him to habitually play the victim. Because it was everyone's fault but his own that he supposedly suffered so, he could not stand for anyone else being anything else but as miserable as he was. His misery must have its company even if he had to reek havoc to get it. To make him feel superior and like a man he chose not to draw to himself situations to build upon his character but to tear everyone else's down around him and burn it to embers. He was conniving and plotting and devious and sick and despicable. He was one of the most hateful characters written. A person who hates them self is always dangerous. A lot of things can come out of hate. But sometimes very rarely a little bit of love can seep out. And that is who Ruth is. Brownfield's daughter and Grange's beloved granddaughter Ruth, in one way and another is the thing that binds them both and sets them a part till the end. Ruth is the new blood who carries the promise of a little love in a world of hate for the Copelands. Grange vindicated. Brownfield finally silent. The craziest thing about my experience with this book is that I have probably owned this book for three years and I am just now reading it. And who knows maybe the reading of this subject matter in conjunction with the country's latest events were saved for a time such as this. I always believe there is a right and a wrong time for reading certain books. We may not be ready or the climate might not be right for us to receive the content of a book. That said, this was the right time to meet the Copelands. The second interesting thing about my experience with this book was found within the leaves of the book itself. Being a used book reader, I'm used to finding margin comments. I usually try to avoid copies that have notes but sometimes a quick flip through at the book store or an online order doesn't reveal them a head of time. This random commenter and I shared a lot of similar thoughts and I found myself spurred into contemplation various times encouraged by my random margin commenter. Whomever they are I'm thankful for that. It was nice and helpful for a change. I hated Brownfield. As confirmed in my many comments as I read the book. He was a despicable character. As I continued through this book and even to the end I can't understand why this is not a movie. It had a slight A Color Purple feel to the delivery of the narrative. My hope is that someone will bring this book to screen and most of all not mess it up if they do. Of course this is 5 stars. It's an Alice Walker book. You won't want to put this book down. Don't judge the book by how long it took me to read it. I'm not reading as fast as I used to for some reason but every time I picked it up I was looking forward to reading. By the end I was talking back to it, yelling and reading out whole sections to my husband, who did not read the book but felt like he did by my constant briefings and chapter updates. We enjoyed it. I recommend this book. And I look forward to chatting about the characters with other readers of the book. I think this is essential reading.After thought: When I finish a book I go to look at other reviews. Some people didn't bother finishing this wonderful book saying that it wasn't their thing. They didn't want to read it. A few said it was too sad or not happy. #1 We all have our reading moods and favorite genres but I can't help wondering if those who put it down just didn't want to open themselves up to the real conversations and subjects that this book definitely brings up. #2 Happy? Since when is anything based on real life 100% happy? Life is real and I get wanting to escape. There are books for this too but real life is not always sweet and nice and cutesie especially when you are talking about race relations and struggle. Read it. Feel it. One reader said she cried. Good! Feel it because we have to feel to acknowledge and acknowledge in order to change!

  • Kristy
    2019-05-16 00:03

    An enlightening book about violence within the black community in the deep south mainly by men against their own families. The men are so angry at their unfair position in society that they take it out on their wives and children and then in turn blame it on their treatment at the hands of white people. At the beginning of the book Grange is married with a young son, Brownfield. The family lead a miserable, poor existence with Grange barely acknowledging his son and frittering away what little money they have on booze, gambling and women. He heads North looking for something better and returns years later to find that his son is basically leading the exact same life he did only Brownfield is even more embittered, vicious and nasty. When Brownfield kills his wife, Grange finds he has another chance at family life by taking over the care of Brownfield's daughter Ruth.There are some really shocking moments in this book and some horrible violence but in places it's humourous and heart-warming. The language is harsh but the book is so beautifully written with such strong characters that you get carried along by the story without feeling that she's trying to shock. This is the first book I've read by Alice Walker, think I'll have to get a copy of The Color Purple!

  • Raul Bimenyimana
    2019-04-24 01:05

    This book published in 1970, is Ms Walker's first book and what a debut. The Third Life of Grange Copeland is primarily set in Baker County, Georgia, tells the story of a family and its cycle of abuse, hatred and oppression.I admit that I love this book more than I did the fantastic The Color Purple.Ms Walker's writing is beautifully crafted, her unfaltering prose traverses the oppressive South to the cold North of pre-Civil Rights Movement USA, unflinchingly telling the story of humanity, and it's struggle for identity, hope and redemption.

  • Melissa
    2019-05-22 00:55

    This is the best Alice Walker fiction book I ever read. Yes, I have read The Color Purple. I have seen the movie, I have seen the musical. This book is better. I read it a long time ago so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details. I will say this. She goes into each character and makes you see them. She moves the story along nicely as well. I am person who loves details and writings like paintings and that is what this was. I plan to re-read it in the near future.

  • Raylene
    2019-04-20 20:09

    Hard-hitting writing from Alice Walker once again. This is the second novel I've read by her; the first being one of my all-time favourites, 'The Colour Purple.' No holds barred as she describes the bleakest scenarios, the most despicable characters and a desperate future.

  • Holly Weiss
    2019-04-23 19:48

    I chose this book to read for Black History Month and out of respect for Alice Walker's writing.Walker succeeded in portraying a disturbing story of emasculated blacks during Reconstruction. Her writing is forthright and clear. I found the amount of domestic violence disturbing to the point where I almost set the book down unfinished. Redemption does occur in the end, but the book was emotionally wrenching for this reader.

  • Margaret Carmel
    2019-05-18 19:58

    While I have wanted to read Alice Walker for awhile now, I hadn't gotten around to it until I was assigned this book in my Contemporary Black Women Writers Class. I was immediately pulled in by her simple, yet moving language. Walker tells dark and twisted stories of the black experience effortless, almost to the point where startling events would take me by surprise. I often found myself going back to reread passages to ensure that I what I thought I read did in fact happen. While many of her stories are about black women, this book talks about the plight of the black man. Two of the main characters in the book were hurt, abused, and completely trapped in a white system all with limited contact with white characters. I really liked how Grange evolved over the course of the novel, which especially came out during his final confrontation with Brownfield and Josie near the end of the book. He realized too late that he didn't change early enough, and that despite all of the good he did for Ruth near the end of his life it was too little too late. Ruth was a wonderful character who I really enjoyed reading about, and watching the events of Grange and Brownfield's tumultuous relationship unfold through her eyes made the events take on a unique flavor. Because a majority of the major plot points were viewed from the perspective of secondary characters, it showed different facets of the plot and the terrible things these characters were forced to put each other through by the overarching power of the sharecropping system. Very interesting read, with a lot of think about.

  • F. Glenn
    2019-04-30 18:54

    I read The Third Life of Grange Copeland years ago and its message still resonates today. A moving story that explains the origins and continued cycle of violence in the black family. If I remember correctly, it was three generations of an African American family in the “Jim Crow” south that are plagued by violence. Walker story traces the violence from the black man emaciated by racism while his wife is allowed to make a meager living. She essentially supports the family while her husband is not allowed to make a living which hinders his ability to be the man of his house. All of this breeds resentment and violence. Grange Copeland does not recognize this in the beginning. He watches and participates in the violence of his father, himself, and then his son. When he does recognize the pattern, he vows that the violence will end with his grandson as he takes responsibility for raising the youngster. This is definitely a good read.

  • Madeleine
    2019-04-25 18:08

    My husband and I read this together, kinda completely by accident.! It was just so interesting when I began to read it, in the first chapter, I asked if he wanted to hear it, and next thing we knew we read the whole book. Alice Walker possesses a beautiful ability with finding the right ways, in the framing of one sentence, to showcase a person's character, their personality, the essence of the soul and the way they fit within a culture. But that's not all that this book is about. This book is about more. It's about, as the title implies, the reconciling of the meaning of life, what to root for in life, and the certainty of death, the certainty of the hand that culture wrangles upon you, through three generations of Copelands. And the story is heart-wrenching, devastating, and beautiful in all its glory. It's neither a short nor a long read, it's something in between, but it flows and you're transported suddenly into this old world of Georgia. Resounding up until its very ending!

  • Daphne Walker
    2019-04-29 23:57

    Let me begin (and maybe end) with this "Alice Walker writes with honesty, truth and dignity". Now this story is not only about Grange Copeland, but in a way it is about black families and communities during that time, and unfortunately now. Little has changed. She does not describe or tell us there is racism, or oppression she allows us to experience it and feel it for ourselves through her characters. She vividly describes the 'absent father' in society without hitting us over the head or making it shameful. It is the story of America and its history. It is the story of humanity, of human nature. How there is always a chance to right any wrongs committed or change our paths. It is simply put Alice Walker.

  • Fungai
    2019-05-02 17:05

    Of all the Alice Walker I've read, this is the best - even better than Color Purple (and I loved that one).Reading this book was an emotional journey of sorts - it tugged at my heart strings, it made me feel rage, shock and also made me laugh. It is the emotional journey that made the book experience for me. Alice Walker wrote in such an intimate way, it made the story seem like an autobiography - true lived experiences.I would most definitely recommend this book anyone and this my MOST FAVORITE Alice Walker book.

  • Emily Rosenbaum
    2019-05-19 20:00

    Walker's writing is not as mature as in her later works, but this book is just so powerful. Grange Copeland--product of a society that emasculates black men--creates a tragic legacy in his son, Brownfield. The chapter after Brownfield marries is one of the most intensely emotional things I've ever read. The book shows Grange's redemption through his granddaughter. Walker's indictment of Southern society is embodied in the struggles of three generations of a family that finally is able to overcome the tragic cycle of violence and abuse that societal racism creates.

  • Lorrie Savoy
    2019-05-07 00:09

    Very well-written, truthful, and deeply disturbing. For all it's compelling story, I can't say I like it, or imagine who I recommend it to. I can understand why some people find The Color Purple too happy at the end, but this book has so little hope. As I said, it's truthful, but seems so slanted towards the negative that any moment of life, satisfaction, joy, even contentedness as not allowed. Bleak.

  • Cedeirdre S. Freeman
    2019-04-22 20:48

    Perfect readPainful truths are what Ms. Walker gives. I love and hate some of the characters. Men and women with strengths so tangible it's like you've met them before. She along with Zora and Toni will forever be my favorite writers because they have given me the courage to face my fears like the warrior I am.

  • Jean
    2019-04-21 22:47

    This book is well written, has beautiful character development, and the settings are very realistic. Alice Walker is definitely due her props. With this said, it was way too violent for me. I understand that the violence went with the character development, however it was difficult to read.

  • Donna
    2019-04-27 22:05

    I read this book for my English class, it's not something I would normally read but it was so good I read it in four days. This book discussed harsh violence of the black people in the south. Especially the wives, the violence from their husbands and the white men

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-02 19:01

    AmazingThis book was amazing. Grange Copeland started off as a man you couldn't stand but evolved to something else. Alice walker pulls you into a time when it was hard for black families but gives you an understanding perspective. Loved it from beginning to the end.

  • Elvira
    2019-04-20 17:43

    This novel tore out my heart, stomped on it and put it back in, bleeding for all the injustices in the world. It is even more moving than "The Color Purple".

  • Wendy Doherty
    2019-05-14 18:53

    A stunning piece of literature. A Masterpiece.

  • Victoria
    2019-05-04 23:58

    Probably 4.5, actually -- my favorite of Alice Walker's works, and that's saying lot. One of the ones in my bookshelf that gets loaned out a lot and returned with a stellar review!

  • Linda Sonna
    2019-05-07 18:01

    How did I miss this book?Walker truly is a genius. A very disturbing but eminently worthwhile read! It should be required reading for all Americans.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-10 17:58

    A book about redemption and looking forward. Deep book with fleshed out characters.

  • TeriC
    2019-05-07 20:07

    I wasn't sure I would like this book but was hooked at the second page. What an amazing look into the lives of blacks in the south. Amazing and sad!

  • Christina
    2019-04-20 23:41

    I have read this book three times and will most likely read it again. It fascinates me because it makes me feel closer to an existence I know my relatives experienced. My father was born and raised on a farm such as this. There are not a whole lot of books about the times of sharecropping. It's an ugly period in our American history that is not often brought up or discussed and especially not in a place like Washington State where I am from. Alice Walkers writing truly brings you to the setting of the era and her characters come to life. I encourage people to read this fictional tale based on the realities of our countries history.

  • Emilie
    2019-04-27 17:46

    Last year during black history month, I finally read The Color Purple and loved it so much. I decided to read the rest of Alice Walker’s books as well, starting with her debut. Wow this book. I find it so difficult to write about this novel. It really hit so many thoughts and feelings about oppression and the consequences of it within a community, particularly hatred, substance abuse, domestic violence and even murder. It was such a strong read!

  • Kim
    2019-05-09 23:00

    Structurally, a bit of a mess (3 lives = 11 parts and something on the order of 50 chapters, only one of which deals with the second life), and a little repetitive at times (to better emphasis the cyclic nature of poverty and violence, but... c'mon). That said, still has some lovely highs. About 3.5 stars