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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: The only thing better than hearing Ruby Dee give voice to this heartbreaking first novel by Toni Morrison, is to hear the author herself exchange lines of dialogue with the veteran actress and narrate key passages. Although the journey I took with Pecola (the main character) through this novel was difficult, it was also important—something I'll never forget. – Corey Thrasher
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.
Toni Morrison was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.
©1970 Toni Morrison (P)1994 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

Oprah Book Club Selection
"So charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry." (The New York Times)
"Ruby Dee's reading of Morrison's first novel is masterful....This is an outstanding production of a classic work." (AudioFile)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By deidre on 04-23-11

Terrible Abridgement

While the pieces that are there are great. The abridged version has missing pieces that are elemental to having a full grasp of the beauty of this important book.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 08-16-10


I love the fact that Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee read The Bluest Eye. They are wonderful, and, I will admit that I should have known better; it is ABRIDGED. But, I am really frustrated right now because I am reading the book in preparation for the High School Senior English classes I will be teaching this fall. I have tracked the sections of the book missing from the tape, and already, so far, on pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, there are sentences, and in fact whole pages, missing in this abridged reading. So, if you don't mind missing out on a lot of the book, go for it; but as for me, it is just so frustrating, and I'm not going to be able to use it for my purposes...
just so you know.

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17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By S. Keane on 09-03-17

So briliant,

Brilliant, moving, story written in the most beautiful language. Exceptional narration. Toni Morrison's first book. Truly incredible

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