The Bluest Eye

A Novel

Morrison, Toni

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bluest Eye
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: New York : Vintage International, 2007
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780307278449
Branch Call Number: FICTION MORRISON 2007
Characteristics: xiii, 205 p. ;,21 cm


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This powerful story about how white standards of beauty can destroy a young black girl was challenged for offensive language, being sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence. The book is available in audio and ebook formats.

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Aug 18, 2014
  • kimberlyn_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book was exiting and powerful. how she describe- in a certain way scared me and made me feel sympathy for Pecola.

Aug 19, 2013

The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison
I was a little skeptical about reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the cover did not grab my attention at first but I decided to give it a try and I’m glad I did. The tittle had me thinking before I even opened the book, I wondered how the title could relate to this little black girl on the cover. The story revolves around Pecola, a little black girl in America who yearns for blue eyes because she thinks that having blue eyes would make her life better, she thinks blue eyes will make her beautiful, and it would change the way her peers and her parents perceives her. The author got her messages across in a unique style of writing; she splits the book into different seasons & talks about each character one by one for the readers to learn a little bit more about them. The Bluest Eye show the ways in which internalized white beauty standards deforms the lives of black girls and women. Implicit messages that whiteness is superior are everywhere, including the white baby given to Claudia, the idealization of Shirley Temple and the idealization of white movies. The person who suffers most from white beauty standards is, of course, Pecola. She connects beauty with being loved and believes that if she possesses blue eyes, the cruelty in her life will be replaced by affection and respect. This hopeless desire leads ultimately to madness, suggesting that the fulfillment of the wish for white beauty may be even more tragic than the wish impulse itself. I would recommend everyone who’s sixteen or older to read this book because it’s a little bit graphic at times but I truly believe that all races and genders could relate to this book. It’s a great read, you will not regret it.

Nov 22, 2012
  • jayfinest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This has been one of the best books I've ever read. It is beautifully written and captures our true obsession with beauty and trying to fit in. Very powerful.

Aug 20, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

this definately explains the crimes that some people have to go through

Jul 09, 2012
  • Rinve rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book has everything you can imagine about life. It includes family problems, racism, rape, drunks, loneliness, suffrage, etc.

Jul 02, 2012
  • gregarioushermit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was Toni Morrison's first Novel. It is a great book, beautifully written, brutal, raw, and powerful.

May 01, 2011
  • aquarian240189 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book is one of best I've read about systematic racism. Morrison's writing style is very interesting and she really captures the belittling nature in which Black individuals were oppressed. She depicts the harsh realities of living in a community considered racially inferior, and how that can lead to a young girl's utter destruction. It was slightly graphic and perhaps not appropriate for younger readers. Overall great book, no wonder Morrison won the Novel Prize!:)

Mar 13, 2010
  • 21221010888029 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very eye opening read about a young black girl. Sometimes graphic but well written.

Aug 15, 2008
  • jbeckber rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Oprah is always so into Morrison so this was my first try. It was average, a good read, interesting. But nothing special.


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Jun 29, 2012
  • grace0130 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

grace0130 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 03, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Mar 13, 2010
  • 21221010888029 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

21221010888029 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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Aug 20, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


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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Jun 03, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Jun 03, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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Aug 20, 2012
  • Blue_Baboon_132 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.


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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