I would much rather read this book again than write a review on it. And I’m a time stricken person so that’s really saying something. There is good reason for this though, this book review will never do the book justice. It won’t come close. In The Bluest eye, you follow the story of an ugly african american girl that is poor as dirt in the early 1940’s. She has everything going against her and she knows it. Pecola’s parents don’t have a stable relationship, she’s neighbors with the town’s prostitutes and she’s a small, poor, powerless and ugly girl. A small poor powerless and ugly girl that would love to see the world through blue eyes. For this small girl, blue eyes seem like the answer to her problems. If she was just a pretty little white girl with blonde hair and blue eyes things wouldn’t be so bad. Or so she thinks. However, gaining the blue eyes that she wants proves insufficient in solving her problems and this poor sad girl that has been through horrible encounters becomes even more troubled.
This novel explores many societal problems from the 1940’s, many of which are sadly still relevant in this society. The novel layers stories and conjures up emotions in a different and effective way in order to make the reader think about the faults of Pecola’s community and in a larger sense, our society. It is both heart strickening and thought provoking because Morrison writes in a way that makes it hard not to get attached certain characters - both the victims and the “evil” ones. This novel is written very well and isn’t a hard read but still will have you thinking a lot throughout the course of reading it. And as I said, this review does it no justice so you should snatch it off of Maguire's shelf and give it a go yourself.
Book Review by Lydia Dunn