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Publisher's Summary

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 11-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.
©1970 Toni Morrison (P)2011 Random House
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Critic 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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By MerryJovialL on 10-01-12

Excellent but not an easy story.

Would you listen to The Bluest Eye again? Why?

Yes, it is a very well written story that touched and challenged me.

Which character – as performed by Toni Morrison – was your favorite?

All of the story was impressionable. The character, Pecola, was very strong for me.

Any additional comments?

This was a difficult story to get through but it was important. I plan to listen to it again after I let some time pass. It was a powerful story and had a lot to offer from different views.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Willis Butcher on 02-17-15

Toni Morrison at Her Best!

A sad story, but it depicts a true reality. I was hoping for a happy ending. Instead I was given the gift of truth.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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