Friday, 16 April 2021

Book Review : The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison : Story of winning over Discrimination

The world cannot be changed in a day, it has to be done at each step day after day. The book The Bluest Eye shows us the path in similar manner. We are thankful to the Blogchatter team for sending us the winning copy in one of the contest of the BlogchatterWritFest. This is the honest review of the book and it is part of the Book review program #BookChatter of Blogchatter.

Toni morrison author - MeenalSonal

Book Title: 

The Bluest Eye

Book Cover: 

The cover is simple and not much revealing about what is the book about.

The Author: Toni Morrison 

Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on 1993. She received National Book Critics Circle award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest Civilian honour, in 2012 by Barack Obama. Her creations include Sula, Beloved, Paradise and Love.


The Plot:

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison is a story of black American girls based in Lorain, Ohio. The start of the story leaves us astonished about the grievance of the 11 year old girl, Pecola Beedlove who is forced to believe that beauty is only about whiteness of skin. Her circumstances and family conditions keeps her belief grow stronger and so she longed for blue eyes so that she is accepted socially among white people. The craving for blue eyes is what she dreamt day and night.

Pecola's parents had troubled marriage resulting in constant fight between the couple. Poverty and ignorance was the main reason for their deteriorating relationship. Little girl Pecola became the victim of his father's evil deeds that changed her life completely.

There many more characters introduced in the story. The narrator of the story is 9 year old Claudia who lived with her sister Freida and parents. They somehow helped Pecola when her parents left her alone in the troubled world.

The book clearly depicts the lifestyle, their forced belief and troubled childhood of young girls who yearn to live a life free from bounds of social abuse and discrimination.


The Blues:

• The book is divided into 4 sections and each named after the four seasons beginning with Autumn and ending in Summer.

• The story is set in Ohio, 1940 - 41, portraying the tragic story of Pecola and her derogatory family.

• Narration is impactful and imprints the complete picture of the trauma and the harsh conditions of the girls.

• Pecola, the lead characters pain and is narrated in a great way.

• This book is all about the racial discrimination of black community and how the young minds are victim to this so called beauty.

• The bonding of Claudia, Freida and Pecola is expressed well in the book. 


The Bluest Eye book review - MeenalSonal

Final word: 

The author Toni Morrison puts across the strong message of ill effects of racial abuse where this young girl wanted to break the chains of ugliness as addressed by her light skinned friends and see a beautiful world through blue eyes. It's a story that reflects a chilling truth that most of us may not be aware of the western world.

This book may not be welcomed by many as it portrays the gloom and agony that disturbs the readers about how tragic a life turns out.


Book Details:

Book Title: The Bluest Eye

Author: Toni Morrison

Publication: Penguin Random House 

Genre: Fiction

ISBN: 9780099759911

No. Of Pages: 210

Price: INR 499

My Rating: 3.5/5


@Meenal 


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