For the month of September, I read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
I’ve had The Bluest Eye sitting on my shelf since 2006. And now that I’ve finished it, I’m pretty sure I actually did read it in 2006, but it took me long enough to realize that fact that I just kept trucking along.
To be honest, this book was really hard for me to read. It made me uncomfortable in a lot of ways, but mostly because it shows the truest version of humanity… it shows the depths of our brokenness. The book follows a character named Pecola, a young black child growing up in the early 1940’s, during a time and in a society where the color of her skin made up all of her value. She longed for blue eyes because, to her, blue eyes signified true beauty, and blue eyes would fix all the ways her life had taken turns for the worst.
This book won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993, so you know it didn’t make me uncomfortable without cause – Morrison was praised and still is praised for her work in this book. While turning each page took a lot of effort from me to continue trudging along, it wasn’t because of her writing. She writes poetically, in a way I’d love to grow in, to be honest… and in a way I covet. There were many times I was so wrapped up in how she explained something, I lost touch with how previously disturbed I was by the scene I had just finished reading.
The Bluest Eye is a book that will stick with me because, despite the uncomfortable realities, it reminds me the world is a place where we can’t be complacent. We can’t spend our lives riding the waves and accepting everything the people around us say is, “Okay.” The issues of racism, sexism and social class in this book can’t be ignored, because they’re still problems today… among many more. I see people around me every day who are hurting and confused, like Pecola, and so often it’s easier for me to nod with the crowd and move along. Because it’s easier or because it’s comfortable, I suppose. But I should be the one stopping on the street to consider that person and defending that person because he or she is a person. We’re all people, we’re all human, and we’re all in this together.
So, what’s Operation Read Your Shelves all about?
ORYS is a book review link up geared toward people who love to buy books, but aren’t great at reading them. In other words, you have shelves full of books you haven’t read yet. And you probably have a few sitting in your “Amazon WishList,” too. 😉
This link up is a great way to hold yourself accountable to reading a book or two that you already own OR actually reading the new books you buy each month, and it will absolutely feed your growing list of to-read books. So you can get some reading done, connect with other book lovers and add more great books to your list!
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