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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65,470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780307941121
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From the 1993 Nobel Prize winner, Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye is a novel “so charged with pain and wonder that it becomes poetry” (New York Times).

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry. The New York Times“A profoundly successful work of fiction. . . . Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth...it is an experience.
  • “So precise, so faithful to speech, and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” 

    New York Times

  • “This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl’s universe.”

    Newsweek

  • “A profoundly successful work of fiction…Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its truth…it is an experience.” 

    Detroit Free Press

  • “[A] brilliant tale.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection for April2000

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey Cook | 2/19/2014

    " My first Toni Morrison experience felt like reading a poem. A hauntingly beautiful poem that drew you in deeper and deeper and showed you the darkest points of life--even if they didn't start out that way. My literary self was heavy at the end, all the more because I knew the sadness in the book was even more true in reality. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie Landells | 2/15/2014

    " This is one of my first favorite books. The language Morrison uses is like dessert. I'd read paragraphs over and over to mull it around. It makes you think and look at people differently - with a sadness, but more understanding. We are who we are because of our situations and because of how people have treated us, and the same is true for those before us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry Yan | 2/14/2014

    " Yet, another sad Toni Morrison book. After reading about Pecola's life and the troubles she endured, it just made me react like: "Wow, to think when my life gets tough, her's is unimaginable." I wonder if Toni Morrison has written any books that aren't gloomy or sad or about the burdens of characters. Also, i find it weird how i'm not a big fan of reading books that deal with unfortunate events but, a handful of my books are related to it. Overall, this is a tragic book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scherrie Johnson | 2/9/2014

    " When I got to the ending, I threw this book across the room!!!! This was a good read but the ending just threw me! That's all I will say... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal pinela | 2/8/2014

    " i really didn't like the book it wasn't my type of book its really sad and she gets raped wow so not cool very ugh it just made me sad "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deepadas23yahoo.co.in | 2/6/2014

    " Cannot get over the impact it has made.. A must for all literature lovers "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andres Lara | 2/4/2014

    " Read this book for my American Literature class. It is probably the saddest book I have ever read. It is an emotionally charged novel dense with beautiful metaphors and and disturbing imagery. It tugs on the reader's heart strings, pulling them to and fro until eventually it dumps them somewhere between enlightenment and confusion. The subject matter is very heavy and I found myself turning on the waterworks at the end. You must read this novel! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jai | 1/31/2014

    " I couldn't really get into the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicolas | 1/19/2014

    " Absolutely brilliant. Toni Morrison is one of the greatest artisans of prose and imagery today. Social injustice is turned upon the reader themselves and dares them to feel sorry for a girl with a ridiculous wish. Morrison's characters are finely-crafted, loving and hating, thus lovable and deserving of disdain and the most representative of the fallacy of real people of any depictions I've seen. A snapshot of what happens when social pressures and society at large fail someone entirely and proceed to do nothing about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah A | 1/18/2014

    " If you're depressed or you just want to cry this is the book for you. It took me over a week to read this just because the subject matter was so difficult. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MissSusie | 1/6/2014

    " I read this book for a book discussion I was participating in and I am sorry to say I didn't like it much. This is just my opinion so no haters please. It was a bit to graphic for me and without hope and honestly I didn't like her style of writing I know I know but like I said it is just my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucius | 1/2/2014

    " Short novel, and the structure is a bit confusing at times since the narrative isn't linear. But it's got some interesting things to say about race in the US, which is still a touch subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shira | 12/21/2013

    " my favorite book of all time. I read it back in high school and I've been wanting to re-read it for a while now and i really need to get around to doing that... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Cardamenis | 12/17/2013

    " Wonderfully thought provoking novella on beauty, love, and humanity. Morrison makes a bold statement on the true meaning of virtue and the false equivalency of beauty equalling virtue. How have I missed this masterful author for so long "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leone | 12/12/2013

    " Morrison is a great writer. Fast read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Leos | 10/11/2013

    " Beautifully written, but more than disturbing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 5/13/2013

    " Toni Morrison's first novel is her finest, IMHO. Killer book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ej Jordan | 2/14/2013

    " Amazing read. Really illustrates the obstacles that blacks face in their own psyche that hold them back as a people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martise Dixon | 1/18/2013

    " this is book that open minds to not only broken relationships but wounded people. also it reflects how loving a child can help cure so much. I read this book my senior year, it opened my eyes to the books writen by african americans that were meanful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/21/2012

    " This book really made me reevaluate the way humanity treats its fellows. I love the way Morrison told many stories within the novel in order to bring the ending together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elia | 6/21/2012

    " Tough book. Hard to read, hard to digest. Both for the language and writing style, and the whole story. It's sad, horrifying at times. But it's a book you won't forget. It's a book leaves a knot in the pit of your stomach. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 6/7/2012

    " Toni Morrison has some beautiful language and some sharp insights, but she can be boringly obvious with the message. I rolled my bluish eyes a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 javiruchi | 2/25/2012

    " My first Morrison and undoubtedly, a tour de force. A lyrical, almost poetic ride of the African American women experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T.K Trian | 2/21/2012

    " Beautiful yet shocking. A must read for everyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Simison | 2/1/2012

    " I read this quite a few years ago but just loved it. It is one of those books I would love to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thea Marlowe | 8/13/2011

    " A wonderful book about diversity, the blonde/blue eye thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drea | 7/19/2011

    " I LOVED it! Love her writing. Harsh, raw, painful, and beautiful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 7/17/2011

    " i loved the plot and the message that the book sent to young black girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 7/15/2011

    " My favorite book of all time!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maritza | 7/14/2011

    " This book made me a Toni Morrison fan. Hands down, my favorite book ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Azmat | 7/8/2011

    " My absolute favorite book of all time -- profoundly changed how I think, and the ways I look at others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 7/6/2011

    " I really liked this book - the characters, the style, the way it progresses. But the moral is too obvious, too frequently circled back to, which ends up making the book feel overly didactic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisianna | 7/5/2011

    " A must read. Such a moving book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 7/3/2011

    " Great book! Raw. Real. Only few can relate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kisha | 7/2/2011

    " I read this a few years ago, and it was really good. Makes you remember how much people deal with self-hatred. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 7/2/2011

    " Morrison's writing is astonishing & masterful. A grim, powerful story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffanie | 7/2/2011

    " A great read that highlights the importance of negative societal connotation. This book redefines beauty and the burdens that it brings to a developing soul. What is beauty? Is there only one way that beauty can be defined? This books makes you sit back and reevaluate what you truly value. "

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About the Author
Author Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and a Pulitzer Prize. She is the author of several novels, including The Bluest Eye; Beloved, which was made into a major film; and Love. She is the Robert F. Goheen Professor Emeritus at Princeton.