From Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison comes the story of a young black girl who longs to be like the blond, blue-eyed children that America loves-a novel "so charged with pain and wonder that it becomes poetry" (The New York Times).
S.Elliott, May 5, 2007 (view all comments by S.Elliott)
Wow. Morrison's first novel is fueled by amazing themes that give readers a glimpse into a world of hatred, ugliness, and hope. It is a hard novel to read because it really moves you to feel...you are horrific, you are sad, you are thoughtful.
Of course, everyone can relate to wanting to change an aspect of themselves in order to be loved more or better. Pecola wants blue eyes and the idea that changing her eye color could change her life is a profound comment to our "beauty-centric" society.
I think that people of all backgrounds and races can appreciate the quality of Morrison's writing and the stunning power of the narrative. It is harsh and gritty, but we should not ignore that this is a reality for many people in our world. Please read this book. It will change you.
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