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The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison
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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A PARADE BEST BOOK OF ALL TIME From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.
In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
Here, Morrison’s writing is “so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times).

363 Reviews

Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Morrison's writing is like surgery-Sharp and exploratory and really hard to experience at times. But you know that it's necessary and that if you can just get through these painful yet beautiful chapters with her - your bias and misconceptions will be 'healed'. In this book she lays-out her characters on a table and dissected their behaviour for us - an often gross procedure - but it serves to help us really see the hows and the whys of the issues she is exploring. Dark content/Unmatched writing”
Diverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenOriginal writingUnpredictableDark settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuse
Anxious Face with sweat“I listened to the audiobook of Toni Morrison read her book and it was like listening to someone read poetry, completely mesmerizing. As far as the actual story, I sadly found it less so. It started out easy to follow, but as I continued to read I found it more confusing and frustrating. I wish I could say I liked the book as much as I liked Ms Morrison’s voice as she narrated it, but I didn’t.”
TragicDarkSexual assault
Loudly Crying Face“I found this book at a bookstore near my house. Didn’t know what I was getting into. It’s an incredibly well written piece and it brought me to a perspective and life of characters that are very different from my own. I cried while reading this, I could not believe what the characters go through, you feel for them completely through all of their hardships and their terribleness. The happy ending doesn’t come but that is just one of the sad truths that you receive in this novel. Short. Beautiful.”
Multi-layered charactersBeautifully writtenConversationalOriginal writingComplexHeartbreakingSexual assault
Loudly Crying Face“As with Toni Morrison's other book Beloved, this book leaves me with a mix of feelings. The prose is very beautiful woven together to let you see the full makeup of characters. It also leaves me with a sense of uneasiness and disturbed by the sadness of the ending. I wanted Pecola to finally get what she needed from those around instead of the condescension and exclusion that occurs through no fault of her own.”
Believable charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenDescriptive writingComplexHistorically-accurateDarkHeartbreakingUnsatisfying ending
Loudly Crying Face“Unsettling but beautifully written novel covering the self-destructive idea of physical beauty, along with the violence and hatred associated with racial and sexual oppression. Morrison is a brilliant author, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her work. “Beloved” is next on my list.”
Reviewed in:Big Book Club
Likable charactersMorally ambiguousBeautifully writtenLyricalPoeticTragicDarkHeartbreakingInsightful

About Toni Morrison

TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels and three essay collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.

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