New York Times Bestseller
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.
"You can't go wrong by reading or re-reading the collected works of Toni Morrison. Beloved, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Sula, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama
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Nobel and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Toni Morrison’s debut novel has been met with controversy over the decades due to its unblinking portrayals of racism, inequality, and sexual violence. The Bluest Eye follows the lives of two young Black girls in a small Ohio town in the 1940s. The engrossing novel reflects the harsh realities of its time and place, but Morrison’s lyrical writing and powerful empathy for her characters shine bright. The result is a sobering yet ultimately hopeful vision of how Black women are taught to see themselves and others.
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Its rough love <3
What can I say about Toni Morrison that Oprah hasn't already said?
It is simply magnificent, I read it for a close comparative read of her and William Faulkner- I could barely put it down it was so captivating
It's tough to read sometimes because her focus on details to characters you would not normally want to focus on, making it difficult to really hate the antagonists or admire the protagonists. It's a lovely way to evaluate people through different views, understanding why "bad" people do the bad things they do...
It makes you stare down the characters intentions; whether it was done maliciously or was really well meant.
I loved it and would suggest it to anyone : )
This story had a slow beginning, but once I got into the story, it made me want to read it all the way to the end. The message behind the story made me personally reflect on my own idea of beauty and what society believes is beautiful.
A magnificent, heartbreaking piece of literature. Everything is described in crisp detail. It's filled with remarkable twists and turns, making it a true page-turner. I highly recommend this book.