My review of The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye was set between 1940 and 1941 in Lorain, Ohio.
Major characters include Claudia and Frieda MacTeer, Pecola Breedlove, Pauline aka Mrs. Breedlove and Cholly Breedlove.

This book told the story of two young girls who are a complete opposite of each other. The story was mostly told from Claudia and Pecola’s point of views. The novel started off with Claudia narrating her life with her sister Frieda and her parents. She came across as very confident, high self esteem and unashamedly black. Continue reading

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It is tough being black…

It is tough being black in this country. I miss the luxury of being an ethnic majority. I have counted the different kinds of racism – overt, class, institutional, historical, paternalistic, violent, subtle, with a goal, without a goal, conscious, unconscious. To be black is to be in a constant war – one has to weigh battles and fights worth the trouble and those that detract.

Mrs. Shaw by Mukoma Wa Ngugi

My review of Arrows of Rain by Okey Ndibe

Arrows of Rain

The fictional country, Madia is based mostly on postcolonial Nigeria. If you know nothing of postcolonial Africa this book will give you a small history of events that took place during that era.

Some major characters – Bukuru, Iyese aka Emilia, Femi Adero, Dr. Mandi aka S.P.J.C. Mandi.
– Bukuru is the falsely accused rapist and murderer. A former journalist who stripped himself of his identity and lived an anonymous life. People identified him as a mad man due to his appearance.
– Femi Adero is a journalist who spent most of his adult life searching for clues about his birth parents. Continue reading