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
“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)
it is one of the best
claudia she is able to have compassion for pecola and others and yet learn from there misfortunes
Yes, it is a very well written story that touched and challenged me.
All of the story was impressionable. The character, Pecola, was very strong for me.
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.
Not better, but listening to the author allows you to hear exactly what she wants to convey by her inflections and manner of speaking.
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.
I have listened to all of them; and Toni Morrison only knows how to perform superbly.
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.
Morrison is much too hard on herself in her author's note; even after so many readings, I am still deeply moved.
I first read it on New Year's Eve 1991. I cried and cried as one year became another. I knew "Pecola." in a variety of ways. And I knew it was much, much, much too late. Midnight struck a while back.
Yes-- it was excellent. One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. The book was great and the author's peerless reading of it only serves to make it all the more of a gripping experience.
Morrison's prose is so excellent. She perfectly writes with the voice of a child narrator-- indifferent, pragmatic, but never simplistic. I've never read/heard anything like it.
This one is my absolute favorite. The delivery is riveting-- so patient and emotive-- downright chilling at times.
I generally enjoy books read by the author and this version is a must listen. The performance captured the lyrical characteristics of the words and story and made it haunting. The words lingered after a listening session, making me want to return to the story.
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