Genre: Adult Fiction
Length: 216 pages
Audiobook Length: 7 hours and 6 minutes
First Published: 1970
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 as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedloves’ garden do not bloom. Pecola’s life does change- in painful, devastating ways.
With its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of a child’s yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrisons’s most powerful, unforgettable novels- and a significant work of American fiction.
Quotes from The Bluest Eye
We mistook violence for passion, indolence for leisure, and thought recklessness was freedom.
Love is never any better than the lover.
Lonely was much better than alone.
Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.
About Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, book editor, and college professor. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Her novels include The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Sula, and Song of Solomon. She died in 2019 at the age of 88.