It’s been a while since I finished reading The Bluest Eye and although I’ve just finished reading The Catcher in the Rye I’ve chosen to keep these reviews short and simple.
The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison
ISBN 978 0 099 75991 1, first published in 1979, buy it on Amazon.
An original novel that intimately introduces the reader to Ohio in the 1940s. The Bluest Eye is about Pecola and her tragic wish for blue eyes. This book caught my attention from the very beginning. I enjoyed everything about it and read my way through speedily.
It is heartbreaking, and an essential read for anybody who has ever felt they don’t fit in ‘pretty’ category.
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
ISBN 978 0 241 95043 2, first published in book form in 1951, buy it on Amazon.
I woke up this morning and finished reading The Catcher in the Rye in bed. I can’t remember the last time I did that. It’s been far too long.
Anyway, admittedly, and I’m not sure if this is controversial at all, I just did not warm to this book. At all. I found the book extremely frustrating, and slow. I was expecting a lot from the novel that people have cited as inspiration for assassination attempts. I mean, really?
I disliked most of the characters, actually, did any of them have any redeeming qualities? Please let me know if they did.
In all honesty, I didn’t dislike this book, but I don’t actively like it. I was relieved to finish it, it was only my stubbornness that led me to persevere.
I am fully aware that I was reading this book during a difficult period and was probably seeking some escapism that it definitely did not give me. Maybe if I’d read The Catcher in the Rye when I was happier, or more settled, I would have preferred it. Or, if I’d read it when I too was an angst filled teenager I would have loved it – but I didn’t and am not.
I understand that for many readers, it does teach them that the way they are feeling is completely normal, and not to worry, they will get through the tough times. It didn’t help me but I’m sure that it helps others!
Anyway, I’m sorry that these reviews are so short, and not at all detailed, I promise my next one will be much better!
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