19 January 2010

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
(Kindle Edition)
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in. Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

I so wanted to love this book, but I must say I was disappointed and confused.  I was touched by the lives of these little girls, especially Pecola who was abused both mentally and physically, and raped and impregnated by her own father.  Throughout the book Morrison gives you flashbacks into the characters life to help you understand why they think the way they do now. I found this style of writing confusing.  I thought the book would be all about Pecola and her struggle, although it was the opposite; Morrison spends more time telling the sad and tragic story of many characters throughout the book and I felt that there was a lot of the story about Pecola missing.

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