Book Review, Books, Reading, Uncategorized

THE BLUEST EYE-TONI MORRISON REVIEW

“Love is never any better than the lover. ”
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

This book was a hard one to read.

Not as in, it was a bad book to read. Because it definitely wasn’t a bad book to read. It was just the substance of the book was something that is difficult, something that is very raw and emotional and honestly involves a topic that we tend to turn a blind eye to in our culture.

This book is about black, eleven year old Pecola Breedlove, who lives in  a tiny town in Ohio and wants more than anything to have her eyes turn blue so she can be considered beautiful, like the blond hair blue eyed real American girls.

“Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another–physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.”
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

It talks a lot about some really heavy topics, struggling with the portrayed standard of American beauty and how it seems to show the same image. Pale skin, big colorful eyes, girlish bodies. In this book in particular, it’s hard to read from the children’s perspective as they absorb these images and this knowledge and apply it to their own lives and mentalities.

The narrative style of this story is something very different to read from. It’s definitely fragmented, and switches style between chapters. Because we hear the story from multiple perspectives at a time, it tends to work in differentiating who’s point of view we are actually reading from.

In my personal opinion, it is definitely one of those books that should be read if you ever have the chance.

“Lonely was much better than alone.”
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

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