The Bluest Eye

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Don’t be surprised to see that I gave this 5 stars. Toni Morrison has a Pulitzer and a Nobel, and she deserves them both.

This quote is from Goodreads, because they sum up the book just as well as I can:

“The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.

Precious few people can write like she does. Dare I say it, but only a few times in a generation are we lucky enough to have a writer that was born to put pen to paper. I call her a writer and not a novelist or an author because that would be disrespectful to her talent.

Unfortunately, there are those who have read this book and act as if Morrison is blaming the entire Caucasian community for the plight of one young African American girl, and nothing could be further from the truth. This is such a silly idea that it doesn’t even deserve to take up space in this review, but I’m mentioning it because there are people who say they hate this book simply because it is about a little girl who suffers deeply, and all because she happens to be African American. How unfair to abused children, regardless of their skin color.

Maybe these people just don’t get it. Or maybe they’re inbred. I have a friend that I suspect might be a little inbred, and she’s not racist, so that’s no excuse. No excuse at all.

Husband and wife? Or brother and sister? Perhaps….both?

It’s one thing to be dimwitted and racist, but it’s quite another to lack compassion to the point that you do not care in the least about small children being sexually abused because they’re dark skinned, or Muslim, or Jewish, or even White. If you feel yourself sliding into that type of abyss, check yourself and fix it before your heart turns to stone.


I read this book several years ago, and it is so well written that I find myself remembering vivid details all these years later. What a tragic yet poetic story this is, and one that will hopefully capture your heart like it did mine.



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