Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Book club met on Tuesday evening and we reviewed The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison.

Most members disliked the book–its mood, subject matter, and
disjointed narrative.  One member really enjoyed the book.

The first few pages quote the old Dick and Jane reading primers–
of happy white family living the perfect life in a white house with
green shutters.  Clever opening, and we can deduce from it that
there will be an opposite situation for the black families of the
book.

The novel deals with a young black girl who wishes she weren’t so
ugly—and thinks everything would be better if she had blue eyes.
It is sad because it’s obviously a symptom of self-loathing, and that
makes us feel bad for her and makes us wonder if we are somehow
to blame, too.

My book had an afterword written by the author about twenty years
after she finished The Bluest Eye—her first novel.  She admits that
the story was based on no family she knew or her own.

I know the author has received many awards over the years for her
writing, but I don’t find her writing engaging.

There is little happiness or joy or even hope in this book, and thus it
was a difficult book for me to read with any enthusiasm.

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2 Responses to Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

  1. FictionFan says:

    I struggled with Beloved, which I believe was her Pullitzer-prize winning novel. I could see the skill, but I found the unrelieved misery too much to take – I couldn’t get engaged with the characters. I’m afraid I abandoned it halfway through.

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