The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison

Every now and then I stumble over a book that completely captures and captivates me in its beauty and simplicity. The Bluest Eye is one of these rare occasions. Told with an honesty and an authenticity that are not too common in literature, it is a book almost bound to bring you in tears.

Through the eyes of a young narrator and a third-person perspective, Morrison is able to weave a fascinating story about the experiences of a young black girl in America and the effect European beauty standards have on her. Morrison, as an author, is unafraid; unafraid to tackle important and controversial issues, such as racism, incest, sexual assault, and domestic abuse. Her story is one of a horrible reality, and she never, not once, shies away from it. Which is why many people have tried to have her books banned on multiple occasions.

If you’ve ever read (and enjoyed) a book by Maya Angelou or Alice Walker, I believe you will find yourself enjoying Morrison’s work as well; the simple writing style and the experiences depicted in these books are common elements. If I’m being honest I would recommend this book to everyone. Everyone can benefit from reading it, relate to the story and the characters or learn something from it. Especially when it comes to westernized ideas of beauty and the tremendous effect these may have on young black girls, and how they can prevent them from accepting their own beauty and individuality. A highly recommended book for everyone.

Another thing I’d like to mention is how underappreciated Morrison is as an author. Despite being both a Pulitzer and a Nobel winning author, she is not as appreciated as she should be. Her books are not discussed often and nor is she. I randomly came across her name in a list of women that have won a Nobel, and I honestly believe it’s a shame that a talent as magnificent as hers often goes unnoticed.

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