Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Bluest Eye - Book Club Feb 19th

Tuesday, February 19th, 1pm, at the Kingston Library.

Updated 2/5/08
The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison. This is Ms. Morrison's first novel -- the story of an 11 year old girl named Pecola Breedlove who prays for blue eyes so she will be as "loved as all blue-eyed, blonde children are loved in America."

Written in 1970, this is Ms. Morrison's first book.

In my 1994 edition there is her Afterword, in which she explains where she got the idea for the story, why she included certain things, and how she found it difficult to find the right female voice for parts of this story. She says she "attempts to transfigure the complexity and wealth of Black-American culture into a language worthy of the culture."(page 216)

There are many characters, each illustrating a different facet of black identity which can help the reader become more understanding of the culture.

I plan to show a short film (18 minutes) called, The Psychological Residuals of Slavery. I have shown this before but each time you see this you remember some different aspect and it is well worth our time in Black History Month.

Marjorie Regan,
AAUW Book Club Moderator

This is a Book Club in a Bag choice so you can arrange to pick up a library copy from Marjorie Regan.

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