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Michael's Book Babble

I'm an indie author and a scribbler of inane babble. I talk about books I've read/liked. Or at least, that's the plan.

 

Most of the reviews will be considered "mini-reviews." Usually, it's mostly my reaction to what I've been reading. There are people who are far better at doing full and helpful reviews. But I still have fun doing them, and hope you enjoy them!

Currently reading

Hitch-22: A Memoir
Christopher Hitchens
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Craig Johnson
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Unique, beautiful, and harsh

The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

I'm going to keep this short because I really don't have a whole lot I can add to this. I read The Bluest Eye when I was in school, I think when I was in college. And all I remember was I couldn't appreciate the beauty of every written word in it until now.

 

Morrison's prose comes off as almost lyrical at times. She plays around with different P.O.V.'s, and she doesn't tell a straight story--meaning this isn't really about a plot at all. It's about a young girl, and it focuses mostly on the people around her and their actions that lead her to such a painful and sad ending.

 

Let it be known, this novel is harsh in its subject matter. A good majority of it deals with the abuse of children, both physical and sexual. It's not completely about it, but the novel deals with it a lot. Yet the way Morrison writes it, it's hard to look away even when you want to. She has a unique talent at writing about the most terrifying things in a beautiful and haunting way.

 

Really glad I decided to revisit this one. It's a unique novel, and I've never read anything like it before. The Bluest Eye will stay with you long after it's over, and shaking it away is almost impossible.

 

4 and a half stars