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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 e

  • Title: The Bluest Eye
  • Author: Toni Morrison
  • ISBN: 9780452287068
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aThe 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 autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves garden do not bloom Pecola s life does change in painful, devastating ways.What its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment The Bluest Eye remains one of Tony Morrisons s most powerful, unforgettable novels and a significant work of American fiction.

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    1. Samadrita on said:

      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 written by women just do not engage' him. I didn't have the heart to ask him why a second time.And there it sat between us, this knowledge of his disdain for women writers (for some hitherto unknown reason), like [...]

    2. Summer on said:

      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 assumptions that Morrison is popular only because she is a nonwhite woman, liberal guilt etc. The latter is false: Toni Morrison has won the Pulitzer and the Nobel because she is an excellent author.N.B. - Before I ge [...]

    3. brian on said:

      well, i'm experiencing severe bookface fatigue and wasn't gonna report on this until i read this cool-as-shit bookster's review:/user/show/36813she checked out the reviews on amazon for the bluest eye and listed some excerpts:"Toni Morrison is the most overrated author in America, it's only because of Oprah (the most overrated "personality" in America") that she is popular." "You know, I know blacks have had a hard time in this worldI'm not naivebut there's a right and wrong way to tell us about [...]

    4. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      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 beautifully descriptive writing style. "By the time winter had stiffened itself into a hateful knot that nothing could loosen, something did loosen it, or rather someone. A someone who splintered the knot into silver t [...]

    5. Rowena on said:

      "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 because it was abstract."- Toni Morrison, The Bluest EyeI'm rereading Morrison's books in chronological order in 2016 and I created a private group here on for a few of us who are interested in doing the same thing [...]

    6. Thu on said:

      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?!" I remember writing my "objective" and "tone-neutral" in-class essay while trying to stifle my own feelings of resentment. I know now that the answers to those two questions were no and no. What Morrison wanted us t [...]

    7. Brian on said:

      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, apparently. Toni Morrison wants those of us born with that winning life-lotto combo ticket to experience the opposite of that life track in a world that encompasses, in her words, "the far more tragic and disabling conseque [...]

    8. Navidad Thelamour on said:

      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 loudThe line between colored and nigger was not always clear; subtle and telltale signs threatened to erode it, and the watch had to be constant.While I was not the biggest fan of Morrison's style in this novel, I did fully appreciate the dagger-sharp insight that she brought to the [...]

    9. ConnieKuntz on said:

      Pecola. That's her name. Her name bothered me the first time I read it. Pecola. How do you even pronounce it. It'sly. 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 herself would never be pretty, would never be understood. No one would ever be able to shorten or lengthen her name into a cute nick. Her hair, her eyes, her countenance, her life, would never be considered more than an insult, [...]

    10. Fabian on said:

      I wonder who the Mexican Toni Morrison is. Her work is very hard to peg down. It remains a feat to analyze or define.A definitive stylist, a poet, Morrison is brilliant. There is one scene deeply ingrained somewhere in the schism that is this beautiful book which will stay with me forever. It involves the main character, a little impressionable girl of color-- & it is through her deep, deplorable suffering that we witness the apathy of mankind. This is not just a tale of whites versus blacks [...]

    11. Sabra on said:

      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, "is is a terrible story about things one would rather not know anything about." But at the same time, the story is engrossing, I found the back stories interesting, and really fell in love with the three little girls. Though some of [...]

    12. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan : The Bluest Eye - Nevisande : Toni Morrison - ISBN : 452287065 - ISBN13 : 9780452287068 - Dar 216 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1970

    13. Aubrey on said:

      4.5/5I 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 respects from the type idealized by the Nationalist Socialist German Workers' Party, and in the land of the whites and the home of the bleach, that phenotype means power. Just last week, one of my professors commented on [...]

    14. Cheryl on said:

      “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, and then explaining her art. I listened to this via Audible and I was spellbound. Inflections with each character switch and mood, exquisite dialogue performance—I might as well have been in the same room with he [...]

    15. Thomas on said:

      4.5 starsA 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 before I read The Bluest Eye. Toni Morrison captures this dynamic of internalized racial self-loathing so well. With vivid prose, she interrogates how glorifying white skin and blue eyes harms black girls and turns them [...]

    16. Algernon on said:

      “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 honest and real than most of the books I've read this year. In a foreword written two decades after first publication, the author expresses some misgivings about the structure of the novel and about how Pecola, the main chara [...]

    17. Helene Jeppesen on said:

      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 disliked the execution of this story. Nothing in this book inspires hope; it's 100% full of brutality, loss, heartbreak and lots of other heavy and heart-breaking topics, and to be honest, I felt like it was way too ov [...]

    18. Rebbie on said:

      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 put pen to paper. I call her a writer and not a novelist or an author because that would be disrespectful to her talent.Unfortunately, there are those who have read this book and act as if Toni Morrison is blaming the en [...]

    19. Edward on said:

      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 is pervasive as the very currency of self-worth: a means of defining value, and of establishing one's own superiority over others. The novel digs out the dirt to examine the roots of this behaviour, but provides n [...]

    20. Maxwell on said:

      3.5/5 starsI 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 particularly enjoyable, to read. But Morrison cracks open this sort of taboo topic, choosing to highlight a character whose story often goes untold: that of an ugly, black girl. But Pecola, our main character, doesn't even get [...]

    21. Nnenna on said:

      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 is a drunk and her mother barely cares for her children) and sadly we witness Pecola's life devolve from bad to much worse.It pretty much goes without saying that Morrison's writing was beautiful, but it was also m [...]

    22. Emily Norwood on said:

      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 understanding such things unless it is stated outright with excruciating detail. Its insistence on being so obvious with everything makes it sound pretentious, preachy, and annoying. Additionally, the overemphasis the author plac [...]

    23. Hadrian on said:

      The Bluest Eye is a short melancholy piece around a black family living in Ohio after the Great Depression. It's tragic not only because the conditions there were so bad and the emotional wounds of the family are so deep, but also because everyone seems to think this miserable state of affairs is normal, and the wounded souls produced by prejudices carry on.The dialogue is sparse and maybe a little wooden, but the descriptions of this book are stark and magnificent. And this was Morrison's first [...]

    24. Chrissie on said:

      Please note: I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author, not Ruby Dee. This is a book about a child who wants to be beautiful, and that means to have blue eyes. She is black. If you choose to read this book you should be aware that although the writing is exceptional, it is rarely cheerful:The first twigs are thin, green and supple. They bend in a complete circle but will not break. Their delicate showy hopefulness shooting from forsythia and lilac bushes meant only a change in whipping [...]

    25. Neal Adolph on said:

      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 each passing moment of reflection. This book is a welcoming into the dark complex of humanity, standing like a building of horrors, a Pentagon, made out to be nothing less than a museum of our own terrific and subl [...]

    26. Zanna on said:

      Read with Feminist Book Club @FeministBC This is my contribution to the discussion:I think the main theme of the novel is the self-hatred produced by a racist culture. The most overt image of this is Pecola’s pathological desire for blue eyes, but it is also powerfully evident in the character of Geraldine, mother of Junior, who is one of the women who ‘come from Mobile’ and dedicate themselves to the erasure of their natural ‘funk’, and even more so in Pauline, Pecola’s mother. I fo [...]

    27. Afro Madonna on said:

      So my literature professor completely shocked me by buying this book for me as a gift on the last day of finals and she told me to continue staying true to myself. I don't know, but does anyone else agree that she has a beautiful soul for this ? ❤️❤️❤️P.S. it's by one of my most favorite authors and I just can't even ! 😭😭😭

    28. Eliasdgian on said:

      Η Πέκολα Μπρήντλαβ, ένα μαύρο κοριτσάκι, μεγάλωνε με τη βεβαιότητα ότι ήταν άσχημη. Και προσευχόταν να αποκτήσει γαλάζια μάτια, τα γαλάζια μάτια ενός λευκού κοριτσιού, γιατί πάντα πίστευε πως αν τα μάτια της ήταν διαφορετικά, ‘όμορφα’, θα ‘ταν διαφορετική και η ίδια, θα ήτα [...]

    29. Gorfo on said:

      This book makes people feel uncomfortable. It is a racially charged book that is bursting at the seams with half a century's worth of anger and truth. It is a book that is peppered with evidence of the sexual abuse that underlies coming of age as a colored girl in the US.The Bluest Eye , bears hard facts about the condition of blacks in America that are difficult for anybody to acknowledge. In a poetic and tangled tale woven from the stars themselves, Toni Morrison tackles issues of beauty, pove [...]

    30. Elizabeth A on said:

      At 10.0%: "When I find myself disappointed by recently hyped books, I find myself reaching for the classics. They are classics for a reason. Loving this one."At 60.0%: "I'm slowly making my way through this one. It simultaneously makes me smile and makes my heart ache."I've read a couple of books by the author, and have decided to go back and read her work in order of publication. That this is the author's debut novel is mind boggling. I don't know if I can put into words how much I loved this b [...]

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