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3.00003056188017 out of 53.00003056188017 out of 53.00003056188017 out of 53.00003056188017 out of 53.00003056188017 out of 5 3.00 (65,441 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison, Ruby Dee Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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. 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

  • “Morrison’s brilliant tale is beautifully brought to life by Dee’s dramatic, powerful voice.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review (audio review)

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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nora | 1/10/2016

    " Not only was the story interesting but it was also complex. The narration was great. Ruby Dee's voice is amazing! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jill Waldman | 2/18/2014

    " I picked this up out of my bookshelf because I had nothing to read. I've read almost everything else Toni Morrison has written but for some reason never read this one. It's definitely clear that this is her first novel - not perfectly crafted and coherent like her other books. It's also interesting because you see characters and themes from the other books make an appearance in this one - Pilate from Song of Solomon, swinging someone around and killing them from Sula. In fact many of the themes were so familiar that I kept thinking "have I read this before?" But despite its flaws there are moments where you just sit back and think, God DAMN that woman can write. Her power of description and evocation of pain are like no other writer I've ever read. She is definitely the best writer of the 20th century. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joy | 2/18/2014

    " Was tempted to flip back the pages to the beginning to read it again. This is a poetic masterpiece. The story of this girl's life is so tragic, but Toni was able to describe all those who played a part in her life's struggle in such a humane eloquent manner. She inspires me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bethany Graham | 2/10/2014

    " I had to read this book for school, and I'm so glad we did. Toni Morrison is an extremely talented author and I loved her writing style. The story was amazing and had a great theme. This was a joy to read. "

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