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The Bluest Eye

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Written By: Toni Morrison

Narrated By: Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee

Date: April 2000

Duration: 3 hours 0 minutes


Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison powerfully examines our obsession with beauty and conformity—and asks questions about race, class, and gender with her characteristic subtly and grace. 
In Morrison’s best-selling 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). 


  • Latoya L.

    The Bluest Eye...... I read this book many moons ago, but since Morrison's passing I've had the urge to dive back into her literary masterpieces. Why not start with her first one. I remember when Toni said the reason for the title "The Bluest Eye", one of her childhood friends prayed for blue eyes. You see back in those days, if you had blue eyes, you we're considered important, not invisible, white. She just wanted to matter like the world showed toward the ones who donned Blue Eyes.... Pecola bared her father's baby. You see no one's seeds grew that year, except for the seeds her father drop in his "black dirt".....chile that took me out. Just as their father took their innocence he also took her virginity. He left her, just a shell, like i said no one's seeds grew that year, that included the baby. The story starts off with the Protagonist Claudia talking about herself, her sister's Frieda and Pecola, mother and father. Even with all the mess that happened throughout thos book Morrison did not dehumanize the characters but she uplifted the black cultures through her analogies and celebrated their language. Even after reading for the second time, I can't put into words how great of a read this is. I'll probably read it once more. #book2of2020 #bookworm #whatsnext

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


    Loved it! So many experiences to relate to as a woman, black woman, mother, and child...this novel touches on realities that are present one way or another in lives of those historically marginalized. Recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Jonathan petercoria

    I love this book

  • Summer Rose-Pacheco

    Very detailed and well written. Scary and yet engaging.

  • Jonell Hightower

    Did not have word to word of the actual book, other than that it was a really good book.

  • Anonymous

    As I didn't expect this sort of story, I did not enjoy it. It was too artsy and poetic for me. The characters switched without notice and it was a hard listen.

  • Anonymous

    The story would have been much better with a different reader. She talked too sensuous and like she had a mouth full of jello. Her narrating ruined the book.

  • Anonymous

    As a Toni Morrison fan, I did not care for this audiobook. First, being abridged, it was confusing to follow all the characters and relationships. Second, the reader narrated in a soft, monotone manner - very boring, except for when she was using character voices. Overall, a big disappointment.

  • Anonymous

    Beautifully written book - reads like poetry. It was so visually stimulating that you felt like a character experiencing that moment.

  • Elizabeth Manuge

    i love the voice of the reader of this book. its so soft and absolutely beguiling, a pleasure to listen to. the story is well told, sad but true, of the life of black people, especially children, in the southern states. its hard to say more about that, all of it having been said so many times. this story tears at your heart for the little black girl who wanted blue eyes. its hard to listen to for pleasure, one has to feel pain. i usually want a more relaxing story at the end of my day but this one is riveting.

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