The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be a...more
And there it sat between us, this knowledge of his disdain for women writers (for some hitherto unknown reason), like...more
she checked out the reviews on amazon for the bluest eye and listed some excerpts:
"Toni Morrison is the most overrated author in America, it's only because of Oprah (the most overrated "personality" in America") that she is popular."
"You know, I know blacks have had a hard time in this world...I'm not naive...but there's a right...more
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Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that people will look at her, value her unique beauty and make her world different. It is the story of the nightmare of her yearning and the tragedy of its fulfillment.
In the prefice, Morrison reco...more
I know now that the answers to those two questions were no and no. What Morrison wanted us t...more
Toni Morrison wants those of us born with that winning life-lotto combo ticket to experience the opposite of that life track in a world that encompasses, in her words, "the far more tragic and disabling conseque...more
Her name bothered me the first time I read it. Pecola. How do you even pronounce it. It's...ugly. Slowly, but surely, I understood that was the point. Or at least a point among many wicked-but-important points in The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
Pecola herself would never be pretty, would never be understood. No one would ever be able to shorten or lengthen her name into a cute nick. Her hair, her eyes, her countenance, her life, would never be considered more than an in...more
I didn't like the book. As the author herself states in the afterward, "...this is a terrible story about things one would rather not know anything about." But at the same time, the story is engrossing, I found the back stories interesting, and really fell in love with the three little girls. Though som...more
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Toni Morrison's debut novel is for me a fitting illustration of the truth behind the Hemingway quote above. A painful, uncomfortable, provocative, depressing story that is nevertheless more honest and real than most of the books I've read this year. In a foreword written two decades after first publication, the author expresses some misgivings about the structure of the novel and about how Pecola, the main characte...more
This is a book about a child who wants to be beautiful, and that means to have blue eyes. She is black.
If you choose to read this book you should be aware that although the writing is exceptional, it is rarely cheerful:
The first twigs are thin, green and supple. They bend in a complete circle but will not break. Their delicate showy hopefulness shooting from forsythia and lilac bushes meant only a change in whipping...more
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Los adultos no nos hablan: nos dan instrucciones. Imparten órdenes sin facilitar información.
Adultos, niñas mayores, tiendas, revistas, diarios, escaparates, el mundo entero se había puesto de acuerdo en que una muñeca de piel rosada, cabello amarillo y ojos azules era lo que toda niña consideraba un tesoro.
Cada noche, sin falta, ella rezaba para tener los ojos azules. Había rezado con fervor un año entero. Aunque un poco descorazonada, no había per...more
A lot of the books I acquire are through suggestions in magazines such as the New Yorker and The Week. Both publications worth every penny in print and...more
This is my contribution to the discussion:
I think the main theme of the novel is the self-hatred produced by a racist culture. The most overt image of this is Pecola’s pathological desire for blue eyes, but it is also powerfully evident in the character of Geraldine, mother of Junior, who is one of the women who ‘come from Mobile’ and dedicate themselves to the erasure of their natural ‘funk’, and even more so in Pauline, Pecola’s mother. I found Pauline’...more
This is part of what fiction is supposed to be. It's supposed to help us understand ourselves better, by showing us things that we are, and things that we aren't, by showing us things that have happened to us and things that have happened to others. In reading good fiction we learn about human beings in the world, and by extension, we learn to identify better with ourselves. Great f...more
. El tono de confidencia, su magnífica prosa y el peso de la historia no dejarán a nadie indiferente.
Una lectura más que recomendable.
"Una niña negra suspira por los ojos de una niña blanca, y el horror que hay en el fondo de sus anhelos sólo lo supera la malignidad de su...more
This is a story about a seven year old African girl (Pecola) who wishes to have the bluest eye (like those of the pretty, blond, blue eyed American girls). It was Pecola’s attempt to recreate her identity, to conform, to be appreciated and to calm the self abhorrence. Yet, the s...more
When Sammy and Pecola were still young Pauline had to go back to work. She was older now, with no time for dr...more
This novel is set in 1940s Ohio and is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, who prays every day to be beautiful. She is not at all what the other kids think of as beautiful in 1940s Ohio, mainly because she has dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, and to be different is to be mocked. She wants to fit in with everybody else and...more
قراءة أولى للروائية الأمريكية من أصل أفريقي "توني موريسون" الحائزة على جائزة نوبل للآداب وتعتبر هذه الرواية " العيون الأكثر زرقة " هي روايتها الأولى وتتناول فيه المجتمع الامريكي الأسود وفي البداية تتحدث الطفلتين كلوديا وفريدا عن حياتهما عن والديهما وعن الصغيرة بيكولا التي حلت ضيفة عليهم بعد أن تشتت عائلتها بسبب الديون... يتحدثون عن أحلامهم وعن شعورهم تجاه لون بشرهم الداكن وعن ألعابهم المفضلة عن الفتيات ذوات البشرة الفاتحة .. بعد ذلك تروي موريسون حكاية أفراد أسرة بيكولا والدها والدتها بالإضافة ال...more
I like the ideas behind the book, but the wr...more
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