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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:
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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.” 

    New York Times

  • 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.
  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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