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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

Critic Reviews

“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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Toni Morrison at Her Best!

A sad story, but it depicts a true reality. I was hoping for a happy ending. Instead I was given the gift of truth.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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READ LIKE ONE LONG BEAUTIFUL POEM!

Ms. Morrison's narration was so melodically engaging. I could listen to her all day! Brava! And this story of not quite knowing how to come to grips with the YOU that you are is one that we all can relate to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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One of my all-time favorite books.

Loved reading it, adored listening to it. Great narrating, Ms. Morrison really brought the book alive. You might want to keep a box of tissues handy, there are parts that will break your heart . However, I still feel uplifted by this book. I highly recommend it.

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What an experience!

Listening to Toni Morrison read her own work aloud honestly makes the experience even richer. This is a difficult book -- and at times disturbing. That being said, it had me 100% engaged the whole time! You really get to feel the cadence of her work in a new way. Highly recommend!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The author's note is the best part of the book

It is interesting to listen to a book read by its author and to know how she thought of it.
This book however is boring at some points and it is hard to create a bond with any of the caracters as they come and go so fast and the protagonist is a passive and sad figure.
The author's note in the end is worth the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Strikingly Beautiful

For this to be her first novel, it's purely astonishing. The rich nature of language and raw aggressive content makes for a longer than prescribed listen. You will rewind. You must rewind! Sometimes three and four times just to take in the magic of her construction of emotions, locations, people and conversations. Epic, tragic and haunting are the words left ed burned in my brain.

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Beautiful book

As someone who has struggled with discrimination and isolation throughout most of my life, this book truly touched me. Toni Morrison's narration of the book made it that much more of a powerful and wonderful experience.

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classic American novel by the best writer

classic novel by the best writer of the 21sr century. ..Great American classic it is

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Marvelous Performance of My Favorite Book

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.

Thank you.

Robin Markowitz

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