The Bluest Eye (Vintage International)

by Toni Morrison (Author)

Reading Level: 9th − 12th Grade
NATIONAL BESTSELLER - From the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner--a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with characteristic subtly and grace. In Morrison's acclaimed first novel, Pecola Breedlove--an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. Here, Morrison's writing is "so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry" (The New York Times).
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"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."The Detroit Free Press

"This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl's universe." —Newsweek
Toni Morrison

TONI MORRISON is the author of eleven novels and three essay collections. She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1993 the Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2019.

Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780307278449
Lexile Measure
920
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Vintage
Publication date
May 20, 2007
Series
Vintage International
BISAC categories
FIC019000 - Fiction | Literary
FIC043000 - Fiction | Coming of Age
FIC049000 - Fiction | African American | General
Library of Congress categories
African Americans
Bildungsromans
Ohio
Girls

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