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The Bluest Eye | [Toni Morrison]

The Bluest Eye

It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who 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.
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Publisher's Summary

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature.

It is the story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who 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.

©1970 Toni Morrison (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

“So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” (The New York Times)

“A profoundly successful work of fiction. . . . Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth...it is an experience.” (The Detroit Free Press)

“This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl’s universe.” (Newsweek)

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    S. Chapin Minnesota 10-10-13
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    "Depressing and hard to listen to"

    I think the author intended to relate how bad things happen to good people or something like that. I found it very hard to listen to, especially as it often repeated a old Dick and Jane book. It felt disjointed and I kept wondering what is the point of this book and why oh why did I order it?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sharon inkster, michigan, United States 11-22-12
    sharon inkster, michigan, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2010
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    Where does The Bluest Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    claudia she is able to have compassion for pecola and others and yet learn from there misfortunes


    What about Toni Morrison’s performance did you like?

    everything


    If you could rename The Bluest Eye, what would you call it?

    Peacolas baby


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MerryJovialL Tappahannock, VA 10-01-12
    MerryJovialL Tappahannock, VA 10-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent but not an easy story."
    Would you listen to The Bluest Eye again? Why?

    Yes, it is a very well written story that touched and challenged me.


    Which character – as performed by Toni Morrison – was your favorite?

    All of the story was impressionable. The character, Pecola, was very strong for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a difficult story to get through but it was important. I plan to listen to it again after I let some time pass. It was a powerful story and had a lot to offer from different views.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 04-29-12
    Sunny Everson Boston, MA 04-29-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Ms. Morrison!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bluest Eye to be better than the print version?

    Not better, but listening to the author allows you to hear exactly what she wants to convey by her inflections and manner of speaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the Maginot Line because I imagine her to be a reflection of all women at one time or another in their lives.


    Have you listened to any of Toni Morrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all of them; and Toni Morrison only knows how to perform superbly.


    If you could rename The Bluest Eye, what would you call it?

    Pretty Blues


    Any additional comments?

    Toni Morrison's works are always entertaining, but more than that, they make you think. You will want to revisit them again and again because there is a lesson within the entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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