The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye

By Toni Morrison

  • Release Date: 1993-12-28
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 433 Ratings

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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. BelovedSong of Solomon, The Bluest EyeSula, everything else — they're transcendent, all of them. You’ll be glad you read them."--Barack Obama


  • Tough but Beautiful

    By schubert.john
    The Bluest Eye is not for the faint of heart. Morrison’s writing is raw, evocative, and heartbreaking. The black America of this time was never so artfully or honestly portrayed. Morrison weaves together a story of pain, love, suffering, tenderness, faith, love, and hatred with such craftmanship. The Bluest Eye is a difficult but magnificent novel.
  • Phenomenal.

    By Afro.Jazz
    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.
  • Interesting Choice

    By NicoleA T.
    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.
  • The Bluest Eye

    By WalkingonSand
    Follow the difficuties of a girl trying to fit in.
  • Boringggg and Depressing

    By Britt0777
    I really did not like the one page descriptions of every little thing in this in this book, every clock, crack in the pavement, every depressing feeling of pecolas. It was very annoying. The book is sad and gloomy, There is no plot just descriptions of characters, it's not building to anything. No comic relief, no romance, no twist and turns. It jumps every chapter. The PLAY I loveeeed but the book was a waste of ten dollars.
  • Phenomenal

    By Tearah S.
    This is a phenomenal book. I strongly recommend it to every black woman in America, especially teenagers. Morrison successfully spoke for every black woman who has dealt with insecurities and endured physical and mental abuse.
  • Its rough love <3

    By Randel5
    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 : )
  • The Struggles of Black America

    By tylerpetersen
    Morrison gives an impassioned tale of what it was like to be black in a developing American society and yet falls somewhat flat with stagnant themes. Furthermore, the author's disjointed narrative loses some of the heartfelt impact explored in the final chapter. Overall, Morrison succeeds in presenting a somber portrayal of black America while missing the mark on some key narrative moments. Too often are her characters left to the void after their introduction.