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The chronicle of the tragic lives of a poor black family in 1940s America. Every night Pecola, unlovely and unloved, prays for blue eyes like those of her white schoolfellows. She becomes the focus of ...

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Excellent

Touching, poetic, rich with meaning

Intense, rife with tragedy

The Bluest Eye was Toni Morrison's first novel, published in 1970. The story is based in Ohio, USA, and the central figure is Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl who has been convinced by her parents and society that she is hideously ugly. Her mother, Pauline, is influenced by society's...

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“Rape, Lies and Racism”

published 11/09/2001

Great prose

Slightly weak storyline

This novel written in the mid-sixties is the tragic tale of Pecola Breedlove a young girl who has been continually abused by her family and her community. The story is seen through the eyes of two young black girls Claudia and Freida MacTeer. Pecola is the central character and an obvious...

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“The bluest book”

published 03/07/2002

Moving, Morrison's beautiful writing

Harrowing

Toni Morrison was born Chloe Anthony Wofford in Ohio in 1931. She studied at Howard and Cornell universities, where she got her Masters degree in 1955. She went on to work at Texas Southern University, Howard University, Yale, and Princeton University. Toni married Harold Morrison in 1958 but...

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“morrison's bluest hour”

published 24/04/2003

great story

some uncomfortable revelations

Toni Morrison is another of my favourite authors. She has taken on the unenviable role of being the voice of an oppressed generation of Black America. Her writing is bewitching and deals with many complex and sensitive issues and themes. In 'The Bluest Eye', one of her shorter books, Morrison...

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Excellent

“Beautifully Written”

published 05/10/2003

Offers readers beautiful and haunting descriptions...

Because the pace is slow in spots and the plot jum...

Toni Morrison's beautiful, lyrical style of writing draws readers into her story easily, making them feel intertwined in the plot and connected to its characters. This book is a snapshot of into the world of segregation, as seen through the eyes of a little black girl. Her family takes in another...

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