The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

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Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrison’s virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.


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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and, most recently, Home. She has also received the National Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction. In addition to Desdemona her theatrical work includes writing the text for Margaret Garner (music composed by Richard Danielpour) and Dreaming Emmett, an published play directed by Gilbert Moses and performed at the Marketplace Capitol Repertory Theater of Albany. Ms. Morrison has written lyrics for Kathleen Battle (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), Sylvia McNair, Jessye Norman, and Andre Previn. Ms. Morrison founded the Princeton Atelier which for fifteen years has brought actors, composers, writers, and artists of all genres together to work with students on the artists' own projects. Several of her novels including The Bluest Eye have been adapted for the stage.Rokia Traoré is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist.Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for his groundbreaking interpretations of classic works.
 
Published July 24, 2007 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Education & Reference, History. Fiction

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This soil," concludes the young narrator of this quiet chronicle of garrotted innocence, "is bad for all kinds of flowers.

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USA Today

Nobel winner’s first novel is about a girl, 11;

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Pajiba

Morrison switches to the third-person viewpoint to reveal the earlier tragedies that shaped Pecola's parents, so that the reader can comprehend the cycle of violence, desperation, loneliness, and self-loathing that is perpetuated against the innocent Pecola.

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Common Sense Media

In the Breedlove household, Polly's sexual experiences with her husband are described somewhat poetically, where colors represent strong feelings of desire and enjoyment.

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In the Breedlove household, Polly's sexual experiences with her husband are described somewhat poetically, where colors represent strong feelings of desire and enjoyment.

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EssenceArticles

Thus, Pecola Breedlove, Cholly Breedlove, and Pauline Breedlove and all are embodiments of this quest for identity, as well as symbols of the quest of many of the Black Northern newcomers of that time.

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The fighting between her parents results in her father burning down their home, thereby forcing Pecola to temporarily relocate to Claudia and Frieda's place.

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