Book Reviews of The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye
Author: Toni Morrison
ISBN-13: 9780452282193
ISBN-10: 0452282195
Publication Date: 4/26/2000
Pages: 216
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 492 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 9
This book was very insightful. I will long remember it. It really changed the way I thought about outward appearances. The ending will shock you. Don't read ahead!! I recommend it to anyone courageous enough to look inward.
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Helpful Score: 7
"The Bluest Eye, the story of a young girl's tortured life, is not a story you can "like". It reads like your worst nightmares, very disturbing and very graphic. It takes a strong stomach to get through this novel. But, this is just what makes the book a masterpiece, that Ms Morrison can draw such powerful feelings from readers. Toni Morrison has grown as a writer. But this book, her first, takes you to a world most didn't know existed and evokes almost unbearably strong emotions. A must read for lovers of great literature. This is not a book you read for pleasure. It's a book you read for the power of the written word."
- Roz Levine
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Helpful Score: 7
Toni Morrison's stories are always brutally honest, endearing and reach deep into our souls. This novel highlights the great divide that still exists between races--one person at a time. I loved this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
11 year old Pecola Breedlove wants blue eyes because then she'll be as beloved as the blond, blue-eyed children in America. But for Pecola's family, beauty seems to be nearly unattainable because they are black and live in poverty and pain. This story unfolds through the eyes of 11 yr old Claudia, as she watches Pecola's world change bit by painful bit.

Toni Morrison paints rich colors and beautiful songs with her words - this was my first exposure to T.Morrison, and I'll be reading more. What an amazing story.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a very well written book, and one I highly recommend. Morrison is a gifted writer whose work should be recognized by everyone, not just Oprah!
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Helpful Score: 3
This is not the happiest book in the world by a long shot, but it is very well written and allows you to step into A Life you may not be familiar with and become a part of the story.
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Helpful Score: 2
Books don't get much better than this. So perfectly written. The author is a Nobel Prize winner and you tell why. This book was wonderful. Highly recomend.
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Helpful Score: 2
A book that must be read completely, no skimming or the allusions are missed.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is a classic in contemporary American literature. It was required reading in my daughter's high school, but be warned that the story itself is somewhat disturbing.
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Helpful Score: 2
From the Pulitzer-Prize winning author, this first novel is dead-on at the characterization of a young girl. Beautifully written, eloquent in a quiet way.
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Helpful Score: 2
I totally enjoyed this book. It was quick, easy read. Toni Morrison has a flare and eloquence for pulling you into the story...you can feel the surroundings, the emotions, and the suspense of the situations. It also makes you aware of the hardships, tragedies, and the injustices that the people of this era endured. In my opinion, it is an excellent read!
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Helpful Score: 1
A story about the life of a young black girl with a wish to be a beloved pretty white girl. Takes place in the early 40's. A beautifully written, painfully sad story. A tough read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Toni Morrison is a tremendous writer who really makes me think, and this book was no exception. The details of the story are absolutely tragic- a young girl is raped by her father and bears his baby, who dies. Meanwhile, she's so full of socially-created self-hatred that she wishes for blue eyes, which she comes to believe she's been given. The writing in this book is astonishing. Morrison has managed to produce something more than unmitigated sadness, even though so many details of the story are tremendously sad. This is a powerful book.
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I can't believe this was Morrison's first novel. I stayed up all night to read it. The book was that good. Loved it.
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Amazing story about poor black girl. Thought provoking and moving.
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Book Description
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 normalcy, 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.

My Review
This was a very powerful book which shows that the way people are treated has a very big impact on their life. Everyone wants to be beautiful and loved but that is not a reality. Morrison brings out the themes of love and injustice to show how they impact on everyone's life. This book taught me that even though we are all different on the outside, everybody feels and looks the same on the inside. I would recommend this book to everyone as I feel it is a very worthwhile read.
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Great book!!!! Wonderfully written and easy to read
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Complicated, lyrical, sad, funny, wonderful
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Toni Morrison is an excellent author. This book really changed my perspective. The story is told through the eyes of a black, eleven-year-old who prays for her eys to turn blue so that she will be as beauitful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. Powerful and unforgettable.
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I love this book. The innocent observation of a child should lead all of us to wonder what messages we as a society send. It is written with grace, simplicity and a wonderful thought-provoking meaning.
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THe following is an excerpt from the back cover of the book:

"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 town of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, 11 year old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blonde, blue eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedlove's garden do not bloom, Pecola's life does change - in painful, devestating ways."
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I was moved by the story. Outstanding character development.
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This book won the Nobel Prize in Literature. It was an Oprah's book club selection, and also won other awards----but, frankly, it kinda scared me.

From back cover:
Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, (this book) tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beartiful 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.
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Wonderful book - very touching.
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It is the story of eleven-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.
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Very well written.
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Touching, heartbreaking and unforgettable. The richness of Toni Morrison's language the poignancy of the story earned it the Nobel Prize in Literature. No wonder!!
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Ms. Morrison at her finest. A terrific read.
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An Oprah's book club book. Winner of Nobel Prize in literature.
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Very powerful story in a childs voice. Morrison is an artist.
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Great book for African American or Womens Lib studies.
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Quick read
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An interesting book
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Nobel Prize Winner Toni Morrison's first novel. Oprah's Book Club edition.