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I ve read a lot of fucked things in literature, though it is extremely rare that I read something so messed up that it makes me hate the book.It takes a lot to put me off I read Lolita without any complaints about the paedophilia because sometimes it is necessary to show despicable things in order to create art I ve read stage pieces by Sarah Kane which involve genital mutilation and all sorts of brutal sex acts, but, again, it was necessary for the piece Shakespeare s Titus Andronicuscentres on a very brutal rape, that much so that people fainted when it was performed and that was in 2014 at Shakespeare s Globe in London , though it was needed for the nature of the revenge plot However, sometimes the brutality can be a little too much This book contains an explicit child rape scene and vivid animal cruelty Granted, you could make the same argument to defend The Bluest Eye as I did for the texts I mentioned above though, for me, it was just too awful to read The scenes held absolutely nothing back I am not a person easily shocked or put off by such things, though it was too much even for me The Republic of Wine is the only other book to make me feel this unnerved because of baby cannibalism It made me want to vomit as the writing here did The Bluest Eye was way too much for me It was overly symbolic, melodramatically brutal and displayed no hope or optimism I did not enjoy a single page. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors I discovered her writing with Beloved for which have a copy signed by her at a reading in Brooklyn of Jazz decades ago In The Bluest Eye, she looks at the intersection of racism, self hatred, poverty, and sexuality with realism and her beautifully descriptive writing styleBy the time winter had stiffened itself into a hateful knot that nothing could loosen, something did loosen it, or rather someone A someone who splintered the knot into silver threads that tangled us, netted us, made us long for the dull chafe of the precious boredom It should probably be considered post modern in the sense that the narration moves from character to character and it is up to the reader to intuit the speaker and the time at which the action is happening True love as represented by the blue eyes and blond hair seen in the movies frequented by Frieda and Claudia as well as Pauline and most of all, Pecola, is as inaccessible as their parents understanding leading them to either steel themselves against feeling like their mothers have or go insane PaulineIt would be for her the well spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions, deceiving the lover and seeking to imprison the beloved, curtailing freedom in every way As Wright and Ellison had described as well, life in the North was not a safehaven free from racism Cholly was just as invisible in Ohio as he would have been in Mobile The White ticket counter is still forbidden him when he buys his ticket to see his father His Aunt and the women that raised himran the house of white people, and knew it When white men beat their men, they cleaned up the blood and went home to receive abuse from the victim The cycle of violence feeds on itself leading to tragic consequences for each of the characters.In today s amerikkka of immigration quotas, race baiting, and continued white police on black violence, The Bluest Eye still remains as relevant today as when Toni Morrison published it in 1993, the year she was justly awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature It really is a must read. well, i m experiencing severe bookface fatigue and wasn t gonna report on this until i read this cool as shit bookster s review checked out the reviews onfor the bluest eye and listed some excerptsToni Morrison is the most overrated author in America, it s only because of Oprah the most overrated personality in America that she is popular You know, I know blacks have had a hard time in this worldI m not naivebut there s a right and wrong way to tell us about your problems This book is an example of the wrong way To me it came off as preachy and heavy handed Once again, Toni Morrison puts an assortment of diatribes and racial angst into book form and masquerades it as literature with a moral message What is actually between the covers of the book is 150 pages of the gross aspects of sex and femine hygene That is not what makes brillant writing The Bluest Eye does not celebrate the beauty of the black individual but instead simply and grotesquely trashes white characteristics i.e blonde straight hair blue eyes So if a little blonde haired blue eyed girl reads this book is she supposed to feel ashamed to have these characteristics I think it s terrible that Oprah Winfrey would recommend a book as anti white as this It s not as bad as some black literature that blames everything on white people, but it s closepeople are dicks yeah, not too controversial genocide and war and rape and stalin and the crusades and inquisition and blah fucking blah yeah, i know we also have amnesty international and the sistine chapel and mexican food and rosario dawson but you read the above and kinda wish that the fear and war mongerers are right and that iran would just nuke out the whole planet ahem anyway i m not here to answer the jackass prickfucks who find the bluest eye to be racist or anti white or a masquerade they re just idiots it s this whole oprah thing i mean these are the same kinds of fools who get very smug and happy attacking the literary canon while sucking off equally canonized outsiders such as hunter thompson, thomas pynchon, DFW, etc writers i enjoy but have no illusion that they re anythe outsider than is john updike in other words people who feel it s any different to deliberately swim against the stream as it is to swim with it so all you haters of oprah s bookclub a favor please just SHUT UP ALREADY or is it just so irritating that oprah put leo tolstoy on the nytimes best seller list and faulkner and garcia marquez yeah, that s some evil shit i mean, getting hockey moms to read the road rather than some shit with fabio on the cover sorry hockey moms has gotta be up there with the alien and sedition act in terms of evils perpetrated on the good citizens of this country.look i obviously admire oprah and the temptation is to get into a whole socio cultural freakout and duke it out once and for all with all these oprah haters but the truth is i don t even really get it am i a moron what am i not seeing so, i ask, is it really racism and sexism i hate when people throw that out to try and explain why someone of a particular color or gender is perpetually attacked, but, really what s going on here what do y all think Being a minority in both caste and class, we moved about anyway on the hem of life, struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on, or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment Our peripheral existence, however, was something we had learned to deal with probably because it was abstract Toni Morrison,The Bluest EyeI m rereading Morrison s books in chronological order in 2016 and I created a private group here on Goodreads for a few of us who are interested in doing the same thing Discussing this book with others has been very interesting because we all have different perspectives and can share them, expanding our own understanding of the book, it s been a great experience.It s been four years since I first read The Bluest Eye and I was extremely touched and saddened by it the first time around I count it as one of my favourite Morrison books and I m glad to say that after a reread it s still very much so I m trying hard to find the words to describe how I feel about this book and it s still hard because it s a gut wrenching book which I love, though love sounds like the wrong word for it how can I love a book that is filled with so much pain, sadness and grief This book condenses so much tragedy, despair and sadness in a relatively small space What do you focus on It can get a bit overwhelming Morrison s advice seems to beThere is really nothingto say except why But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how Whenever I discuss this book with people I know, Pecola is often the first name that comes up Pecola, the poor, unloved child who prayed for blue eyes It was hard not to draw comparisons between her and Celie The Colour Purple , another abused black girl who was called ugly by all those around her And I think of all the little black girls I ve known who hated being black, who hated their hair, their noses, their eye colour, who prayed for good hair , lighter skin complexion etc.Morrison shows the vulnerability of children so well, and the consequences of parents not telling them what they need to know in enough detail, which results in them being forced to draw conclusions on their own What they aren t told, they glean from observations and discussions with each other Sometimes the truth isn t known until they are older My mother s anger humiliates me her words chafe my cheeks, and I am crying I do not know that she is not angry at me, but at my sickness There are so many parts of the book that show children as voiceless, black children in particular There s the issue of representation and how the white dolls our parents thought we wanted probably didharm than good I think this is an important book in revealing the other America My book had an afterword by Morrison which I m so glad I read I had no idea that this book was inspired by a conversation she d had with an elementary school friend who prayed for blue eyes It s conversations like this that never leave you, it seems, but it might take you until you are an adult to understand the true meaning of what those words held and what they say about our society Like Malcolm X asked,Who taught you to hate yourself from the top of your head to the soles of your feetAnd twenty years later I was still wondering about how one learns that Who told her Who made her feel that it was better to be a freak than what she was Who had looked at her and found her so wanting, so small a weight on the beauty scale I focused, therefore, on how something as grotesque as the demonization of an entire race could take root inside the most delicate member of society a child the most vulnerable member a female Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye afterword 4.5 5Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another physical beauty Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusionToni Morrison, The Bluest EyeI have several reading goals for 2019 get some big books off my Want to Read list, exploreAsian writing, and visit authors I have missed along my reading journey One of the most glaring omissions on this list was Toni Morrison So, with the advice of my friend, Rowena, I selected THE BLUEST EYE to right that wrong I am wowed by Morrison s writing talents I wish I d have ventured to her world sooner.THE BLUEST EYE may well be the saddest book I have ever read Upon finishing this novel I felt like I d been sucker punched The events that took place in this world were devastating Morrisson s novel is as far from the childhood world Ray Bradbury created in Dandelion Wine as imaginable Both took place in the Midwest in the late 20 s early 30 s, and focus on childhood This, is where the similarities end.As painful as this book is to read at times, it is a beautifully written novel Morrison is a poet at heart.The story is told by a minor character, Claudia, a young girl and friend of Pecola s her innocence offers a rawness to the story that would have been lost if narrated by Pecola or an older character Morrison brilliantly uses the passing of the seasons to tell this story Each season take place in a different time period and follows a different character in her or his life we learn the back stories of Pecola s people through this In the final pages of this book, we see how all these people make up parts of Pecola s story Morrison writes of race better than any other writer I can think of She touches not on race in general, but writes about various themes regarding race here, the central theme being that Pecola s desire for blue eyes is showing the social context that views blue eyes, which in this case is the epitome of whiteness, as the standard of beauty Every girl black or white should strive to be like Shirley Temple Morrison also deftly writes on parenting and family dynamics When Claudia faces an unwanted event in her home, her parents act swiftly to protect their daughter When a fartragic event happens to Pecola, her mother beats and blames her The main theme of THE BLUEST EYE is not simply racism, but internalized racism The main characters in Morrison s novel have been conditioned to believe in their own inferiority No one suffers thisthan Pecola Even members of her own race put her down for being ugly and for the darkness of her skin.In the end, Morrison forces us to walk in Pecola s shoes and learn of the painful world she inhabits, and she does so brilliantly. When we finished this book, about half the class including me were infuriated at Morrison for humanizing certain characters that caused Pecola to suffer the most Is she saying what they did was okay Is she telling us they weren t to blame and we should feel sorry for them I remember writing my objective and tone neutral in class essay while trying to stifle my own feelings of resentment I know now that the answers to those two questions were no and no What Morrison wanted us to do was not pardon the terrible acts of her characters, or brush them off as simply tragedy but to understand where these characters came from psychologically, and what made them the the way they are People are driven by motivations, sometimes selfless, sometimes self serving, and sometimes cruel When I think about this now, I m absolutely floored I don t think any work of fiction has ever taught me this huge a lesson about human nature than this one Morrison is a brilliant writer and this will probably always be one of my favorite novels. his mother did not like him to play with niggers She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers They were easily identifiable Colored people were neat and quiet niggers were dirty and loudThe line between colored and nigger was not always clear subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it, and the watch had to be constant.While I was not the biggest fan of Morrison s style in this novel, I did fully appreciate the dagger sharp insight that she brought to the color caste system that is so prevalent in African American culture, even today Her dialogue rang so true, I could hear it coming directly out of my mother s mouth, my grandmother s mouth, and those of all of the women who ve ever filled our kitchens with raucous communal fun and glum communal tragedy alike Her use of the Dick Jane children s books, used for decades to teach children to read SEEMOTHERMOTHERISVERYNICEMOTHERWILLYOUPLAYWITHJANEMOTHERLAUGHSLAUGHMOTHERLAUGHLA created a chilling, ironic and staggering contrast between the lives of the whites and those of the blacks in this novel Shirley Temple, Mary Jane candies, and Jean Harlow hairstyles you ll find the delicacy of all of them here, both in these characters reality and in metaphor While the truth and injustices here were often sobering to read, they were filled with too much truth to rightfully deny or turn away from I could spend hours discussing this novel I could quote from it all day, but I won t do that, because the entire read was poignant and so crisply aware of the color line the how and the why that there is no one point that can overshadow another in the message that these words aimed to send This novel is older than I am, and yet it still rings with such verity, with such biting truth and reality With The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison cut open the existence of both internalized and externalized racism in America and laid it bare and exposed at our feet For that, she deserves nothing but reverence and applause, so she will always have that from me.Anyone who s ever been in doubt of a color line in Black America should read this book Anyone who s ever questioned, But why can t I say those words when you say them all the time But why do you still believe that racism exists Why can t you just get over it the past is the past should read this book In fact, just read this book anyway how about that I saw this tweet a couple of weeks ago Going through life white, male, middle class and American is like playing a video game on easy mode For those of us born into this how many chances do we get to fuck things up and still come out just fine An almost infinite amount, apparently Toni Morrison wants those of us born with that winning life lotto combo ticket to experience the opposite of that life track in a world that encompasses, in her words, the fartragic and disabling consequences of accepting rejection as legitimate, as self evident Where life begins in pain, in rejection, in constant on going humiliation and self loathing The ego doesn t ever have a chance The Bluest Eye provides a window into this world a viewpoint so that a Reader can see it for all of its ugliness and marvel at those, like Morrison, that overcome this environment and become a thing of beauty.If you are white male upper middle class American a state senator from Alabama with power and a national audience, why would you want to call for the banning of this book, one you have certainly never read It s fear This work that Morrison has created a story of darkness, of hopelessness and of a reality that a white male middle class American could never come close to understanding is a thing of beauty the lily that grows in the mound of shit It speaks truth, it kills the demons by just naming them and it reminds the Reader that for some the miracle of living can be a living nightmare Mr Holtzclaw wants a world where we won t be told of these realities.I don t want to live in that world. Toni Morrison doesn t get the respect she deserves and has rightfully earned I think that part of this has to do with the unfortunate connotations people have regarding Oprah s Book Club and part of it stems from, if not outright racism and misogyny, than the racist and misogynist assumptions that Morrison is popular only because she is a nonwhite woman, liberal guilt etc The latter is false Toni Morrison has won the Pulitzer and the Nobel because she is an excellent author.N.B Before I get jumped on by total strangers for making assumptions about Morrison s detractors, these are actual comments about her books, from .com Toni Morrison is the most overrated author in America, it s only because of Oprah the most overrated personality in America that she is popular You know, I know blacks have had a hard time in this worldI m not naivebut there s a right and wrong way to tell us about your problems This book is an example of the wrong way To me it came off as preachy and heavy handed Once again, Toni Morrison puts an assortment of diatribes and racial angst into book form and masquerades it as literature with a moral message What is actually between the covers of the book is 150 pages of the gross aspects of sex and femine hygene That is not what makes brillant writing The Bluest Eye does not celebrate the beauty of the black individual but instead simply and grotesquely trashes white characteristics i.e blonde straight hair blue eyes So if a little blonde haired blue eyed girl reads this book is she supposed to feel ashamed to have these characteristics I think it s terrible that Oprah Winfrey would recommend a book as anti white as this It s not as bad as some black literature that blames everything on white people, but it s close It s foolish to assume that the thoughts and experiences of women and of nonwhite American citizens is not worthy of writing about, and reviewers that slam the book as anti white completely miss the point of themes of cultural hegemony, internalized hatred, taboos in beauty and sexuality, oppression, etc And it s just darned lazy to discount this book s beautiful use of multiple narratives and excellent turns of phrase Morrison s literature often makes me angry and depressed, but not as angry and depressed as some of the reviews it gets. ^Free ↿ The Bluest Eye ☠ The Bluest Eye Is Toni Morrison S First Novel, A Book Heralded For Its Richness Of Language And Boldness Of Vision Set In The Author S Girlhood Hometown Of Lorain, Ohio, It Tells The Story Of Black, Eleven Year Old Pecola Breedlove Pecola Prays For Her Eyes To Turn Blue So That She Will Be As Beautiful And Beloved As All The Blond, Blue Eyed Children In America In The Autumn Of , The Year The Marigolds In The Breedloves Garden Do Not Bloom Pecola S Life Does Change In Painful, Devastating WaysWhat Its Vivid Evocation Of The Fear And Loneliness At The Heart Of A Child S Yearning, And The Tragedy Of Its Fulfillment The Bluest Eye Remains One Of Tony Morrisons S Most Powerful, Unforgettable Novels And A Significant Work Of American Fiction