Toni Morrison wrote her first book, “The Bluest Eye” in 1970. It was controversial and poorly accepted at first but later became a National Bestseller. Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. In 1988, she won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her book “Beloved.”
“The Bluest Eye” is an honest, but painful account of various African American families. The protagonist is an unattractive, abused little black girl who longed to have blue eyes like the dolls available for play and like the beautiful girls at school. If only she had blue eyes her world would be different. No doubt she believed her parents would love her and her friends would treat her kindly. Her attempt to have her dream come true is really only a tiny part of the book, but points out the pain of being an innocent child in an incomprehensible world.
I recommend this well known book by an accomplished author, Toni Morrison who died this year at age eighty-eight.
One thought on ““The Bluest Eye” – A Book Review”
Oh, my! How many times and how many people have said these words to themselves. If I had this, or looked like that, all would be right with the world. It has taken most of my life to look in the mirror and say, ” I am enough”. Of course her perspective takes on a whole different, more intense feeling because people of color have been oppressed for centuries. We are fortunate to be able to see a part of her journey, her self-discovery. Thanks again, for opening our eyes and minds to others’ reality.
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