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The Bluest Eye: Not needed for this sharp woman's perspective

AdvantagesTouching, poetic, rich with meaning

DisadvantagesIntense, 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 perception of beauty: "all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured", hence Pecola prays for blue ..." Read review

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The bluest book

AdvantagesMoving, Morrison's beautiful writing


"...a writer. Morrison's first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 and in 1988 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Beloved. Other books by Morrison include Song of Solomon RELIGION: In 'The Bluest Eye', Pecola resorts to magic when God fails to provide her with the blue eyes she has prayed for. Like in Christianity, belief is 'the single most important factor in conjuration.' Pecola's belief in her blue eyes is no more ..." Read review

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Rape, Lies and Racism

AdvantagesGreat prose

DisadvantagesSlightly 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 metaphor for the general abuse of black people in society both at the time the book was set (in the 40’s) and the time it was written (in the 60’s). After the ..." Read review

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morrison's bluest hour

Advantagesgreat story

Disadvantagessome uncomfortable revelations

"...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 takes on cultural perceptions of beauty and worth, and by writing the story from the viewpoint of a child who longs for something that she will never have, she hints at the dark destructiveness ..." Read review

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Beautifully Written

AdvantagesOffers readers beautiful and haunting descriptions, drawing them intimately into the lives of her characters.

DisadvantagesBecause the pace is slow in spots and the plot jumps around, this book is a brainy read, not something to pass the time at the beach.

"...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 girl whose father is in jail and whose mother needs to work to support her and her brother. This girl's name is Pecola, and she longs for the blue eyes of a little white girl, and her story will leave readers full of emotion. When I read this ..." Read review

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