This is a very good book. It's about a little african-american girl who wishes that she had blue eyes. She believed that girls with blue eyes were the most beautiful thing in the world. She decides that she will have blue eyes. She wants the blue eyes so much that she is nearly driven crazy. I really liked this book, it brought tears to my eyes. I suggest it.
Toni writes a powerful book depicting a very poor African American girl, Pecola Breedlove, whose biggest desire is to have blue eyes so other blacks and whites can like her, and maybe even love her. Unfortunately for Pecola, she is quite unattractive and thinks blue eyes will transform her. Humiliated, insulted, raped and pitied in her own neighborhood, Pecola is a perfect victim. Yet, unlike many other victims in this country, she has nowhere to go nor anyone to mentor her into the healthy womanhood of self-acceptance and self-esteem. Nor do the other young girls in the neighborhood. The best they can do for survival is to become aggressive while at the same time fulfilling the roles of early motherhood and poverty as taught to them by their elders. Pecola has no such survival skills. Through the intervention of a psychic, she ends up believing that her eyes are truly blue. Even when she looks in the mirror, she sees blue eyes. But eventually it isn't enough for Pecola. She ends up wanting to have the bluest eyes in world and nothing else will satisfy her. It's a sad tale that's told with Ms. Morrison's ear for poetic language. The manner of telling makes it a beautiful book. The book stayed with me many days after I finished it.
This was Tony Morrison's first novel. Takes place in the author's hometown of Lorain, Ohio in the early 40's. Pecola Breedlove who loved all of the blue eyed children in America. She wished her eyes would turn blue, so that she would be beautiful, so that people would look at her, so that her world would be different. The story ofthe nightmare at the heart of her yearning and the tragedy of its fullfillment.
Rich story, thought provoking.
An absolute classic. Some of her later works I can only follow by listening to an audio version but this is a great book!
Morrison is a great writer, and her first novel is worth reading.
This book is written in the most poetic language. Toni Morrison is one of my favorite writers of all time and, in my opinion, this is her best work (I have not read all of them although I am getting very close). A must-read.
Truly one the most amazing books I have ever read. Heartbreaking, poignant, written so beautifully it will make you cry--and tells a story that we should all never forget. A true must-read. Nobel Prize Winner.
The simplest Morrison I've read, but very accesible and a good introduction to her amazing work. Great for middle schoolers.
Used it for our book club and had a lively discussion about organ
donors. A mother traces down the recipient of her son's donated heart
Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 2000: Originally published in 1970, The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel. In an afterword written more than two decades later, the author expressed her dissatisfaction with the book's language and structure: "It required a sophistication unavailable to me." Perhaps we can chalk up this verdict to modesty, or to the Nobel laureate's impossibly high standards of quality control. In any case, her debut is nothing if not sophisticated, in terms of both narrative ingenuity and rhetorical sweep. It also shows the young author drawing a bead on the subjects that would dominate much of her career: racial hatred, historical memory, and the dazzling or degrading power of language itself.