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Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
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Mar 15, 2011

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Read in March, 2011

Trying to decide how to rate this was difficult for me. I did not love it or like it - not in any traditional sense. It is not a book that one can "like" really, as one cannot like the plot or subject matter. It is despairing, painful, gut-wrenching stuff; I was mostly horrified. It deals with images that makes one's stomach churn. Morrison says herself at the back of this book, "..this is a terrible story about things one would rather not know anything about". Yet, this novel of rape, incest, abuse, and everything other painful aspect of life you can think of is terribly important. These things exist and they must be dealt with.
On a last note, this novel dealing with self-image hit home in my own life's experience, and reinforced its importance. I knew a woman who wished for the same thing Pecola did, well maybe she did not wish for blue eyes, but she wished for light skin. She said, "It's beautiful and respectable - you can get all the best jobs with light skin".

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message 1: by Elizabeth (new) - added it

Elizabeth You're so right about this book. I loved it - not because of the subject matter - but because Morrison is so good in this novel about poetically nailing such a difficult concept. It's brutal. I'm amazed at how she makes "the ugly" so beautiful...but still somehow disgusting. Mad skills, Morrison.

April Seriously mad skills indeed!

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