NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner—a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace.
In Morrison’s acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove—an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others—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.
Here, Morrison’s writing is “so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry” (The New York Times).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Toni Morrison’s controversial first novel is a no-holds-barred account of the dark, rippling effects of systemic racism. In rural Ohio in 1941, a fragile African American girl named Pecola internalizes her world’s narrow notions of beauty and wishes for only one thing: a pair of blue eyes. Pecola—whose home life is treacherous and violent—navigates her troubled world alongside her friends Frieda and Claudia. Morrison paints a harrowing picture of growing up Black in Jim Crow–era America, but her rhythmic, poetic reading adds a sense of beauty and hope to even the darkest passages. Listening to The Bluest Eye is a truly special experience, adding depth to this iconic novel and letting us bask in the glorious talent of the late Nobel laureate.
Two stars only for the fact that the audiobook is read by Toni Morrison herself. Although I can't help but wonder why she would give them her stamp of approval to leave out such important parts of her book. Also, iTunes should label this as an abridged version like it does for most other audiobooks.
not the whole book
i downloaded this book to help me read it and as i followed on with it, i found that it skips major portions of the book. i am very unsatisfied
This audio book is missing parts that even the abridged version should include! This recording is tainted, so would not buy this until it has been fixed. Also, please make this book available on the iBook store. I would love to read this on my wonderfully amazing iPad!