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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Rebound by Sagebrush | September 1, 1994 | Hardcover

The Bluest Eye is rated 3.2083 out of 5 by 24.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8.32 × 5.64 × 0.83 in

Published: September 1, 1994

Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0808562827

ISBN - 13: 9780808562825

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Energized This book was dense. It is a short novel. The author does have a gift for using words to create a unique reading experience. The words emit energy off the pages as you read over the plot.
Date published: 2012-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing.... I really thought the idea for this book was awesome. I thought Toni Morrison would do so much with this book, and I was disappointed. The story is pieced together through different characters so you don't really get to know the main character who wants blue eyes. We don't get to really feel what she feels and experience what she is going through. It's for this reason that the book wasn't good. I just couldn't connect to the story at all. As I was reading it, I just kept waiting for some big climax that never came. When the story ended, I was like, "Um...okay?" The idea that someone is so unhappy with who they are (as an ethnic group) that they wish to be someone else is such a deep idea that can be discussed in so many ways. The potential was huge but it was never fulfilled.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Brutal Truth Eleven year olds shouldn't have a care in the world. They should be free to play and dream. Life never was like that for Pecola Breedlove. She learned that it wasn't fair; that it was even less fair the darker your skin was, the darker your eyes were and the uglier your were perceived to be. According to those around her, Pecola has all those things going for her. She did have a glimmer of hope, a very unreasonable one. She knew that the girls with blue eyes had the best of lives, heck, even the baby dolls had blue eyes and everyone loved them. Pecola just knew that if she had blue eyes it would make all the difference in her life. This was a difficult story to read. Each of the characters started life with a reasonable shot at happiness. But the smallest change in circumstances can have a huge impact that seem to magnify over time. I wouldn't have thought that by injuring her foot, Pecola's mother's life would take such turns that would lead to a husband who would be the one to lead to Pecola's final break. I can't say 'good book' nor 'bad book'; it's one of those books you need to read and decide for yourself. In 2000, Oprah selected this for her book club.
Date published: 2011-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Painfully poignant While The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison may be a small novel (around 200 pages -- I read it in just a few sittings), it has the capability of bringing about a certain emotional turmoil within the reader. I can't remember the last time after reading a novel where I was actually upset after its final pages. Throughout, Morrison's novel is unrelenting in its depiction of struggle, hardship, race, and the quest for beauty. Many times I had to put down the novel and take a break -- just for the pain you'll feel for our young protagonist; this reluctance to read ahead I can only ascribe a similar reading experience was when I read Nabokov's Lolita. While Morrison's novel isn't that distasteful in subject matter, a lot of horrible things do happen to innocent people. An affecting, extremely well-written, poetic novel. Definitely a book that people should read, but I have a hard time recommending it because it isn't an enjoyable experience in my opinion. A hard novel to "love," but I did like reading The Bluest Eye.
Date published: 2010-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Brutal, Sad Story This is a brutal, sad story. On the surface it is the story of being black and poor in the forties. It is also a story of rape, incest, racism, and self-loathing. I found the writing beautiful and the style very intriguing. This book is written in several voices switching from the main narrator to different character points of view. The tale is also not told in a linear fashion but jumps back and forth from one incident to another and at times stopped to tell a character's life story from beginning to end. I really enjoyed this format which gave us insight into all the major players. There were a few parts that were extremely difficult to read including a few pages of a pedophile's point of view. These are graphic scenes and will make this book not for everyone. I don't know if 'enjoy' would be the proper term but I did experience this book and do recommend it with the above reservation noted.
Date published: 2007-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Disappointment I was very disappointed by this book. It had a lot of potential but there wasn't enough character development. I didn't feel a connection with the characters.
Date published: 2007-07-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from wasn't bad This one wasn't bad. I didn't find it great either. I think I was missing the point. I was reading it like a novel (because it reads much like a fictional novel) but I don't think I was 'getting’ what I was supposed to be 'getting' out of it. I don't think Ms. Morrison’s point was being brought out strong enough to do what it was meant to.
Date published: 2006-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautiful i dont know what everyone else on here is saying, I loved this book! although it is sad, it was still mesmerizingly beauiful. I recommend this to any toni morrison fan.
Date published: 2005-11-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not so great This book had very little flow to it and I really didn't connect with the characters. It was quite confusing at times, and although it had some very intruiging symbolism, I was not very impressed with this novel.
Date published: 2002-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad I was disappointed after I read this book. I thought it had a lot of potential but I found it boring and slow. It took me a long time to read because it felt like such a chore. To put it simply, it was bad.
Date published: 2002-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is amazing!!! I'm a 13 yrs old soon to be 14. I chose this book for my book report, because of the Oprah book club, since it chooses so many great books. This was one of my first books, from her book club. I've got to admit that I didn't know what I was getting myself into, when I was going to read this book. But when I started to read this book, it already amazed me at how interestingly she started this story about this white family, and then this kind of prologue that compared the life of Pecola to the barreness of the earth (a metaphor). This story is beautifuly written and completed amazingly by Toni Morrison's bold of vision. This girl Pecola Breedlove goes through low self-esteem, molestation, the missing care and love of her family, a little of racism which she doesn't understand and insanity. At the end her friends Frieda and Claudia(the child narrator of this story) which I also thought were her frirnds let her down and were only her friend to feel better of themselves. When I read this bo
Date published: 2002-04-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dark & dreary I usually like Oprah's Picks - despite the quirky nature of the most of the characters and their story lines. However, the Bluest Eye just seemed dark and dreary. It took me the entire book to get what I thought was "the point." I then read Toni Morrison's "afterword". That gave me a bit more insight as to "the point" of the book. It also occurred to me that it took the American population nearly 30 years to get "the point" of this book. In the future, I will not blindly accept books on Oprah's Picks list as being a great book.
Date published: 2001-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eyes I heard lots of great comments about this book and learnt that this was one of Oprah's picks. Initially, the story went on smooth, but as it goes on and on, the author seemed to have lost focus! This book was supposed to be about a black girl who wishes for blue eyes to be beautiful. But the author wrote the whole story about her parents' lives and many, many unnecessary characters. She did not even emphasize much on the main character itself. The author was not organized!!!
Date published: 2001-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison weaves a beautifully told, heart-wrenching tale of a young black girl whose experience in 1940's middle-America culture completely destroys her. One of the most poignant stories of the century, Toni Morrison's exploration of her characters is stunning in its complexity as well as its gripping honesty. This endevour, which penetrates deeply in its understanding of the human spirit, was certainly deserving of the Nobel Prize in Literature for which it earned the author.The subject matter remains wholly relevant today; it is a novel from which one cannot help gaining vast insight into the devastation borne of a culture of racism. This brilliant piece of fiction is certainly well worth reading by any and everyone.
Date published: 2001-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye It took me awhile to get into this novel but once I reached the last half of it I could not put down. It was disturbing to read how little confidence these characters had in themselves and each other and how little support they were given. It is even more unfortunate that today the feelings these people had then are the same feelings many people have now (feelings of unworthiness, helplessness, lack of support, lack of warmth from another human being).
Date published: 2000-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful story This book shows again how North American society seems to have a warped view of what is actually beautiful, and how that can affect people in the most tragic ways. Very well written, thought-provoking, and sad. Not the best ever, but very good.
Date published: 2000-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literature that Lasts Toni Morrison will be a household name 200 years from now, while the Danielle Steeles, Stephen Kings and yes, even the Clancys and Grishams will be long forgotten. Morrison’s first book, the Bluest Eye was published in 1969 and is as fresh, challenging, moving and relevant today, over thirty years later, as it was then. Make no mistake – it’s probably no easier to read. But struggle through the poetic language, the complex metaphor and you’ll find an astounding and at times, revolting story of two families, the McTeers and the Breedloves, with Pecolo Breedlove and her bluest eye at the centre. It is a story of courage, insanity pain, love, beauty and fear that you’ll never forget. That won’t be forgotten, even hundreds of years from now.
Date published: 2000-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice prose and narrative This is the first novel of Toni Morrison's I have read, and in all honesty I was not that impressed. To be fair, Morrison has a real talent for prose and her language is often quite beautiful. However, in terms of plot and message, I found this story not all that engaging. I was expecting more depth into Pecola's decent into madness. Not terrible, but not brilliant either.
Date published: 2000-10-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye is the kind of book that really touches you for some time....Eventhough written in a setting that involved slavery, racial problems and quite a while back, it still reflects on our society today. Toni Morrisson is very vivid with her descriptions, as well as visual and expressive. I'm anxiously waiting her next book!!!
Date published: 2000-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye I have in the past found Toni Morrisons books very difficult to read...but this one captured my attention from the beginning. A touching, sad story, which although not written in modern times is very applicable to young women today. A story that may change the way you see people.
Date published: 2000-08-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye Although this book was a good read, I found that it would go off topic and get confusing to read for a couple of pages and then come back to the storyline. The story itself is a good one with lots to get emotional about. Would recommend it for avid readers like myself!
Date published: 2000-07-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Bluest Eye At first glance I was excited to read this book about Pecola's life but as I got half way into it I was very disappointed! The book only talks about her wanting blue eyes for a couple of pages near the end of the novel. I wasn't interested in reading the chapters about the lives of her parents and was curious as to when the book would turn back to Pecola. Although the novel was well written, I would not recommend it to anyone as I only read it to the end out of curiosity to see if it would get any better.
Date published: 2000-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Childhood Innocence A look into the world through a childs eye. I am sure there are many Pecola's of the world and this time we get a true perspective into the thoughts of the victim and bystanders. Although people are sorry for Pecola they are just as cruel to her by trying to be kind. A poor lost sould who will never know self love let alone the love of another. It may change your mind on how you judge others.
Date published: 2000-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Powerful and Intense Toni Morrison is a powerful writer who deals with profound and salient issues relating to race and class. Many readers find her work difficult to read but I enjoyed reading The Bluest Eye. It is quite sad that are girls like Pecola in our society who have become alienated because the acceptable societal beauty standards do not encompass or represent who they are.
Date published: 2000-05-09

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The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 8.32 × 5.64 × 0.83 in

Published: September 1, 1994

Publisher: Rebound by Sagebrush

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0808562827

ISBN - 13: 9780808562825

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