The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the a The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set i...

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Title:The Bluest Eye
Author:Toni Morrison
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:The Bluest Eye
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:216 pages pages

The Bluest Eye Reviews

  • Summer
    Feb 07, 2008
    Toni Morrison doesn't get the respect she deserves and has rightfully earned. I think that part of this has to do with the unfortunate connotations people have regarding Oprah's Book Club and part of it stems from, if not outright racism and misogyny, than the racist and misogynist ass...
  • brian
    Jan 18, 2009
    well, i'm experiencing severe bookface fatigue and wasn't gonna report on this until i read this cool-as-shit bookster's review: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36813 she checked out the reviews on amazon for the bluest eye and listed some excerpts: "Toni Morrison is the ...
  • Paul Bryant
    May 21, 2019
    When I read a history of American literature recently I made a note of the great authors I still hadn?t read yet and here are the ones I listed Richard Wright Ralph Ellison Toni Morrison Maya Angelou Alice Walker Wait a moment, these writers are all African American! What?...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Sep 08, 2012
    365. The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye is a novel written by Toni Morrison in 1970. Morrison, a single mother of two sons, wrote the novel while she taught at Howard University. The novel is set in 1941 and centers around the life of a young African-American girl named Peco...
  • Fabian
    Aug 23, 2010
    I wonder who the Mexican Toni Morrison is. Her work is very hard to peg down. It remains a wondrous feat to analyze or define. Alas, rest in peace... A definitive stylist, a poet, Morrison is brilliant. There is one scene deeply ingrained somewhere in the schism that is this beautif...
  • Thu
    Jun 21, 2008
    When we finished this book, about half the class--- including me--- were infuriated at Morrison for humanizing certain characters that caused Pecola to suffer the most. "Is she saying what they did was okay?! Is she telling us they weren't to blame and we should feel sorry for them?!" ...
  • Maxwell
    Feb 23, 2015
    3.5/5 stars I found The Bluest Eye to be structurally disjointed but fluidly written. Each sentence bled into the next, urging the reader to press on amidst a heartbreaking, convicting story of rejection, self-loathing, and ultimately, complete violation. It's not easy, or particula...
  • Kenny
    Apr 16, 2019
    4.5/5 ?Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another--physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.? Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye I h...
  • Connie  Kuntz
    Aug 08, 2010
    Pecola. That's her name. Her name bothered me the first time I read it. Pecola. How do you even pronounce it. It's...ugly. Slowly, but surely, I understood that was the point. Or at least a point among many wicked-but-important points in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Pecola ...
  • Brian
    Aug 30, 2013
    I saw this tweet a couple of weeks ago: "Going through life white, male, middle-class and American is like playing a video game on easy mode." For those of us born into this: how many chances do we get to fuck things up and still come out just fine? An almost infinite amount, apparentl...
  • Thomas
    Jul 31, 2017
    4.5 stars A powerful and disturbing book about the damaging effects of eurocentric beauty standards and the tremendous negative impacts of racism. My friend and I just talked about this Twitter thread ("is he hot or is he just white with a visible jawline and/or blue eyes?") right b...
  • Sabra
    May 29, 2009
    I just read this today, and the rating system really doesn't apply to my feelings, which are still fresh, on this book : "I like it" "I really liked it", etc. I have NO idea how to rate this book. I didn't like the book. As the author herself states in the afterward, "...this is a t...
  • Rowena
    May 11, 2012
    "Being a minority in both caste and class, we moved about anyway on the hem of life, struggling to consolidate our weaknesses and hang on, or to creep singly up into the major folds of the garment. Our peripheral existence, however, was something we had learned to deal with--probably...
  • Aubrey
    Aug 30, 2013
    4.5/5 I had my share of body hatred while growing up, but it would be foolish to believe that a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, skinny white girl has the same problems as those who diverge in any of the four descriptives. After all, we are talking a physicality that differs in very few re...
  • Emily Norwood
    Mar 18, 2013
    Seriously... I have to read this book for class. I'm on page 50 and I've already had more than I can take. The symbolism is over the top and heavy-handed to the point that I can't decide whether I'm being shouted at for no reason or insulted as a dull creature incapable of understandin...
  • Algernon (Darth Anyan)
    Dec 11, 2013
    ?There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.? Toni Morrison's debut novel is for me a fitting illustration of the truth behind the Hemingway quote above. A painful, uncomfortable, provocative, depressing story that is nevertheless more hone...
  • Neal Adolph
    Oct 15, 2016
    Wow, this book is horribly difficult to really think about, isn?t it? I mean, it crushes the mind. The kind of violence perpetrated here, feeling historical and grand, terribly personal, preying on innocents, this book is truly horribly difficult to think about. It gets thicker with ...
  • Rebbie
    Oct 11, 2011
    Please don?t be surprised to see that I gave this 5 stars. Toni Morrison has a Pulitzer and a Nobel, and she deserves them both. Precious few people can write like she does. Dare I say it, but only a few times in a generation are we lucky enough to have a writer who was born to pu...
  • Nnenna
    Feb 14, 2016
    I finally (finally!) read my first Toni Morrison novel and it did not disappoint. The Bluest Eye is the story of Pecola, who wishes desperately for blue eyes, which she equates with beauty, belonging, and all that is good in the world. Pecola does not have a good childhood (her father ...
  • Cheryl
    Aug 08, 2013
    ?There can?t be anyone, I?m sure, who doesn?t know what it feels like to be disliked, even rejected. Momentarily or for sustained periods of time,? Toni Morrison stated in her author note, as she explained the context of this novel. Imagine a Nobel Laureate reading her work, ...
  • Edward
    Oct 08, 2016
    The most insidious form of prejudice is the one that's internalised and self-directed. The Bluest Eye examines the ways in which latent cultural measures of beauty and self-worth can become reinforced and self-perpetuating. White people figure rarely in the narrative, and yet whiteness...
  • Samadrita
    Dec 04, 2012
    Just a few days ago I happened to have a conversation with someone (quite a 'well-read' person too) who said quite casually, almost in an offhand manner, how he found books written by women 'uninteresting'. On prodding him for the reason behind his 'disinterest', he replied that 'books...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Feb 17, 2019
    tw: domestic abuse, animal abuse & death, incest, pedophilia, rape wow. this is the first book i've read by morrison and i 100% anticipate i'll read more because every other line is so hard hitting and gorgeously phrased with innovative and genius descriptions, as well as insigh...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Apr 25, 2015
    I feel so bad for not liking this book, because I know I'm in the minority, and because I know it deals with some very very important topics! I think it's important that books like these exist, because we need to remember that problems like these exist. That being said, I strongly di...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Jun 19, 2018
    I?ve read a lot of fucked things in literature, though it is extremely rare that I read something so messed up that it makes me hate the book. It takes a lot to put me off. I read Lolita without any complaints about the paedophilia because sometimes it is necessary to show despica...
  • Read By RodKelly
    Jul 17, 2017
    Here is the little black girl. She has dreams and a fertile imagination. She is a potential conduit for excellence in the world. But she is the inheritor of pathological trauma that is centuries old. She is born to parents who are too busy licking their wounds and tending to their own ...
  • Anuradha
    Mar 08, 2018
    UPDATE - 11/08/2019: In the recent aftermath of Morrison's death, one of my biggest regrets is that I haven't read enough by her. Something I hope to rectify very soon. -- ORIGINAL REVIEW - Each night, without fail, she prayed for blue eyes. Fervently, for a year she had praye...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jul 16, 2016
    Toni Morrison is one of my favorite authors. I discovered her writing with Beloved for which have a copy signed by her at a reading in Brooklyn of Jazz decades ago. In The Bluest Eye, she looks at the intersection of racism, self-hatred, poverty, and sexuality with realism and her beau...
  • Navidad Thélamour
    Mar 01, 2017
    ...his mother did not like him to play with niggers. She had explained to him the difference between colored people and niggers. They were easily identifiable. Colored people were neat and quiet; niggers were dirty and loud...The line between colored and nigger was not always clear; su...
  • Reggie
    Feb 06, 2019
    The greatest writer I've ever read, an icon, the G.O.A.T., started her literary career in a fashion that is more brilliant than I even imagined. This is a novel that speaks volumes in an era where certain people will still try & blame the young girls involved instead of an R&am...