The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

A Novel

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"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."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Vintage International/Random House, Inc., c1998, c1970.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307278449
9780375411557
0375411550
9780452282193
0452282195
9780452273054
0452273056
9780030850745
0030850746
Call Number: MORRISON
Characteristics: 205 p. ; 21 cm.
Subjects: African Americans -- Fiction.
Girls -- Fiction.
Ohio -- Fiction.
African American authors

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britneym
Aug 16, 2019

This book was a bit much for me. The author did a good job in revealing other POV without showing any bias or trying to sway the reader in any way. However, I had to skip over a part of the book because I didn’t feel comfortable being in the mind of a pedofile. I took a few breaks while reading this to refocus just because there were so many different situations and serious topics being addressed. I felt sad about what happened to Pecola because I feel like she was the purest character and she was so broken at the end. All in all, Good writing style, and a very realistic depiction of several dysfunctional lifestyles.

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Kelisharkey
Aug 12, 2019

Can we get a Play Away please 🙏🏼.

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gaiasworld
Aug 08, 2019

Please get more copies..e books and regular ,since so many people want to read this book.

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1101carawa
Aug 01, 2019

@ home watching Y&R and saw this book giving as a gift. Searched immediately to place on HOLD. Can't wait to read with a comfy blanket and a cup of java.

Grace

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palola
Apr 08, 2019

I have never cried from reading a book, but when I say this book brought me to TEARS, I mean it had be BAWLING for a good hour. This story hurt. How Toni Morrison managed to narrate so beautifully & at the same time write about a child falling apart, I'll never know. Ms. Morrison hoped readers would be not just touched by the story but MOVED, and let me tell you I was shook to my core. Absolutely outstanding.

(Also I'd recommend reading the foreword. It has a lot of information about why she wrote the book, which was very helpful for explaining the story.)

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reinenoire
Mar 27, 2019

This was my first Morrison novel. I kept thinking about the characters well after I finished the book. The story is very telling and haunting (in a way). I enjoyed it.

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reyhamm
Dec 22, 2018

Wow! This book left me feeling like I was drowning in a pool of mixed emotions. Tragic, but beautifully written.

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

The Bluest Eye relates the story of the rape of Pecola Breedlove--and that isn't a spoiler as it shows up at the very beginning of the book. More to the point, in this her first novel, Toni Morrison uses the story of Pecola Breedlove to unpack the internalized self-hatred by an entire race of persons, epitomized by the fetishization of blue eyes. No social class among the African American characters escapes this internalized self-hatred; and its most direct victims are young, black girls, especially dark-skinned, poor, black girls.

At the same time, no character in Morrison's novel reads as completely unsympathetic. Readers, following along with each of the characters, completely come to understand how each ends up as she is, and how the collective leads to the utter annihilation of a young girl.

It's a painful novel to read, particularly because of the quotidienne and utterly unremarkable, constant violence toward girl-children that punctuates the entire novel. The novel must have been even more devastating in 1970, when it was first published.

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ranvapa
Nov 20, 2018

A brutal account of an innocent child lost to the world, then more tragically, to herself.
Beautifully written, short novel.

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britneym
Aug 16, 2019

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

mayog thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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ranvapa
Nov 20, 2018

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Jun 29, 2012

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: rape; other violent scenes including a near-death scene

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

Sexual Content: rape; consensual sex; prostitution

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

Coarse Language: use of the "n" word

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

Violence: rape, other forms of violence including the death of two animals.

EuSei Jun 03, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

EuSei Jun 03, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

“Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another--physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion.”

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life. We substituted good grammar for intellect; we switched habits to simulate maturity; we rearranged lies and called it truth, seeing in the new pattern of an old idea the Revelation and the Word.”

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

All of our waste which we dumped on her and which she absorbed. And all of our beauty, which was hers first and which she gave to us. All of us--all who knew her--felt so wholesome after we cleaned ourselves on her. We were so beautiful when we stood astride her ugliness. her simplicity decorated us, her guilt sanctified us, her pain made us glow with health, her awkwardness made us think we has a sense of humor. Her inarticulateness made us believe we were eloquent. Her poverty kept us generous. Even her waking dreams we used--to silence our own nightmares. And she let us, and thereby deserved our contempt. We honed our egos on her, padded our characters with her frailty, and yawned in the fantasy of our strength.

Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 20, 2012

THE BLUEST EYE

tt14 Jun 18, 2012

“He stood up and in a vexed whiny voice shouted at Cholly, ‘Tell that bitch she get her money and get the fuck out of here!’”

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mayog
Dec 20, 2018

The novel relates the "how" if not the "why" of the rape of Pecola Breedlove and her subsequent descent into madness, characterized by her fantasy of her having blue eyes.

To do so, it traces each of the characters through their experiences of racism and the internalized self-hatred produced by racism, and shows how each of these leads to Pecola's abuse by the entire community of Lorien, Ohio and her rape by her father.

The novel, in so doing, peels back the curtain on the devastating impact of internalized racism.

Blue_Baboon_132 Aug 20, 2012

LIFE!!!

tt14 Jul 26, 2012

In the novel The Bluest Eye, the most significant example of a person having low self-esteem is Pecola. In The Bluest Eye, the reader learns that Pecola was raped and impregnated by her father in the family kitchen. Toni Morrison describes Cholly’s thoughts at the time of the rape as being excited. The narrator, Claudia, comments, “...the silence of her stunned throat was better than Pauline’s easy laughter had been” (Morrison 162). Pecola’s silence is an example of her being powerless and a contributing factor to her low self-esteem. Pecola feels that her future is hopeless and she feels betrayed by the rape at the hands of her father. This is not how a father is supposed to treat his daughter. A father should talk to his daughter, give her advice, and make her feel that she is worth something. Pecola feels alone and powerless and that she can not trust anyone.

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