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The Bluest Eye

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The Bluest Eye book cover Someone recommended The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (literature nobel laureate, no less) to me. So I got it and read it. Rather quickly because it’s less than 200 pages long and a very good read.

The story revolves around the little girl Pecola who grows up in a poor and somewhat broken black family. She wants to be happy, be pretty, have no worries and friends. But as that isn’t happening, she ends up wishing to have blue eyes…

In total the story, told from the point of view of another little girl and also making excursions into the family’s past, is rather depressing and makes you feel with Pecola. And it is very well written. Written in a slightly old-fashioned language with enough uncommon words (for my) to make it worth keeping a dictionary handy.

Definitely recommended.

Bookmark: 31-10-2005, Day Travel Card for London Underground.

July 13, 2006, 0:37

Tagged as bluest eye, book, toni morrison.


Comment by TBoneWalker: User icon


Having found your site via John Gruber today, I see “The Bluest Eye” there at the upper left. I click, and sure enough, I find another reminder that I should dig out my first edition copy of the book (now rare) and perhaps re-read it. (I saw a note (NYTimes) about two years ago that such a copy in good condition has some value because the first printing was so small.

Wayland T. \

July 14, 2006, 21:56

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