|The Bluest Eye||Toni Morrison||Holt, Rinehart and Winston||1970|
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 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfilment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.
From Wikipedia: The point of view of the novel switches between various perspectives of Claudia MacTeer, the daughter of Pecola’s foster parents, at different stages in her life. In addition, there is an omniscient third-person narrative which includes inset narratives in the first person. The book’s controversial topics of racism, incest, and child molestation have led to numerous attempts to ban the novel from schools and libraries.