The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | May 8, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Bluest Eye is rated 3.71428571428571 out of 5 by 7.
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.93 × 5.14 × 0.61 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307278441

ISBN - 13: 9780307278449

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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 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 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 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 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

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The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.93 × 5.14 × 0.61 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307278441

ISBN - 13: 9780307278449

About the Book

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 eleven-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.

"From the Hardcover edition."

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Nuns go by as quiet as lust, and drunken men and sober eyes sing in the lobby of the Greek hotel. Rosemary Villanucci, our next-door friend who lives above her father's cafe, sits in a 1939 Buick eating bread and butter. She rolls down the window to tell my sister Frieda and me that we can't come in. We stare at her, wanting her bread, but more than that wanting to poke the arrogance out of her eyes and smash the pride of ownership that curls her chewing mouth. When she comes out of the car we will beat her up, make red marks on her white skin, and she will cry and ask us do we want her to pull her pants down. We will say no. We don't know what we should feel or do if she does, but whenever she asks us, we know she is offering us something precious and that our own pride must be asserted by refusing to accept.School has started, and Frieda and I get new brown stockings and cod-liver oil. Grown-ups talk in tired, edgy voices about Zick's Coal Company and take us along in the evening to the railroad tracks where we fill burlap sacks with the tiny pieces of coal lying about. Later we walk home, glancing back to see the great carloads of slag being dumped, red hot and smoking, into the ravine that skirts the steel mill. The dying fire lights the sky with a dull orange glow. Frieda and I lag behind, staring at the patch of color surrounded by black. It is impossible not to feel a shiver when our feet leave the gravel path and sink into the dead grass in the field.Our house is old,
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From the Publisher

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.

About the Author

TONI MORRISON has been the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Princeton University. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Editorial 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