Saturday, December 5, 2009

Book Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The story starts from autumn 1941 in Lorain, Ohio. Through winter, spring and summer the story develops. The narration changes and the reader gets different point of views of the happenings while Morrison's own voice functions as a gold standard throughout the whole story. The focus of the story is on 11-year-old black girl Pecola Breedlove. Pecola has one wish; she wants to have blue eyes. The bluest eyes. Pecola is ridiculed, spat upon, and ultimately raped and impregnated by her own father, Cholly Breedlove. Pecola wants to be the very opposite of what she is- white child, a doll like figure.

I read this book for my English A2 class. My teacher himself said that this is one of his favorite books and I was very interested to read it. The story is heart breaking, the language used so beautiful that it comes poetry and the happenings so shocking that you just have to keep reading until you know what is going to happen. I felt bad for Pecola from the beginning to end. She wants to be something she never cannot be and is desperate because of that. In the end I also felt bad for Cholly. He does a horrible act, rapes his daughter and she becomes pregnant, but while reading the story yo
u get to know so much of Cholly that in the end you understand why he did what he did.

We are going through this book right now at my English class. My teacher LOVES to analyze everything so we basicly go through this book word by word. It is interesting to notice new levels of the story, learn more about the characters etc. There is so much I could write but I just wanted to write something because I think that this book is one of those books you should read. It is something so different, shocking and beautiful that you will never forget it.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
-born in 1931 in Lorain, Ohio to working class family
-as a child, Morrison read a lot; her favorites were Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy
-in 1949 Morrison entered Howard University to study English
-she received a B.A in English from Howard University in 1953. After that she earned a Master of Arts degree in English from Cornell University in 1955, for which she wrote a thesis on suidice in the works of William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf.
-In 1958 she married Harold Morrison. They got two children, Harold and Slade, and divorced in 1964.
-Wrote 'The Bluest Eye' first as a short story which developed into her first novel and was published in 1970. At 2000 it was chosen as a selection for Oprah's Book Club.
-In 1987 published 'Beloved' earned Morrison a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the American Book Award. The book was adapted into a movie in 1998 starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover
-In 1993 Morrison was awarded the Nobel Price Winner in Literature. She was the first black woman to win it.
-Currently Morrison works as a member of the editorial board of the National magazine

2 comments:

  1. I haven't read this one but loved Morrison's most recent book, "a mercy." Her writing is just so beautiful and always thought-provoking.

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  2. wow sounds really I should probably put this on my list.I gave you an award at http://yabookgeek.blogspot.com/2009/12/long-overdue-award-posting.html

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