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  • Published: New York : Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
  • Year Published: 1970
  • Description: 164 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 9780307278449 (softcover)
  • 0452287065 :
  • 0452273056 :
  • 0375411550 :
  • 0452282195
  • 0671742922 (pbk.) :
  • 0030850746 :
  • 0671531468 (pbk.) :


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The bluest eye

by Morrison, Toni.

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Call number: Fiction

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

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A Literary Work of Art

This is the first official book that I've read by Toni Morrison. I tried reading Beloved by her as well, but couldn't settle myself into the strange plot, but I didn't give up on her! So I read this one, and I was blown. Absolutely blown. There is such poetry in her words that makes you ache with both beauty and sadness. The way that she places images into your head, the way that she phrases her sentences so that tragedy and confusion is closely interlaced brings out more emotions that you know you head. This book as definitely risen to my favorite's list, especially since the main character, an 11 year old girl just wants to be beautiful. To have blue eyes. For the longest time when I was a child, I thought that having blue eyes was also beautiful and I also wished that I good and bad. I would recommend this book to everyone and I would recommend that others who have already read it to re-read it. If you get a chance, buy a copy.


It goes without saying that Toni Morrison can turn a phrase. I read this book as a little girl no more than 11 or 12 years old and remember trying to cut through the imagery and metaphors to get to the action. I couldn't really understand the need for multiple points of view. And once I found out the whole plot of the story was given in the first page, I was done with the book. But now, having a greater desire to understand the motivation behind human action, being able to appreciate that things are never what they appear at face value, developing a greater love of this device called language and being able to recognize pieces of myself in each of Morrison's characters, *The Bluest Eye* has become one of my favorites. Morrison de-villainizes her antagonists in a way that make the reader really consider the ingredients of the simple dichotomy of "good" and "bad." I was also pleasantly surprised to find some of my favorite quotes were pulled from this book. I am glad to be falling in love with Toni all over again.
Pleasant Pages.

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