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The Bluest Eye (1970), the first novel by Toni Morrison. Set in Morrison’s hometown of Lorain, Ohio, in 1940–41, the novel tells the tragic story of Pecola Breedlove, a young African American girl from an abusive home. Pecola equates beauty and social acceptance with whiteness, so she longs to have ‘the bluest eye.’. The Bluest Eye was my effort to say something about that; to say something about why she had not, or possibly ever would have, the experience of what she possessed and also why she prayed for so radical an alteration. Implicit in her desire was racial self-loathing. And twenty years later, I was still wondering about how one learns that. Bluest Eye(s) To Pecola, blue eyes symbolize the beauty and happiness that she associates with the white, middle-class world. They also come to symbolize her own blindness, for she gains blue eyes only at the cost of her sanity. The “bluest” eye could also mean the saddest eye. Pecola return in with her family, and also her life is tough. Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye By Audiobook Free. Her daddy drinks, her mother is remote, and the two of them often beat one another. Her bro, Sammy, regularly flees. Pecola believes that if she had blue eyes, she would certainly be liked as well as her life would be changed. Free download or read online Paradise pdf (ePUB) (The Trilogy Series) book. The first edition of the novel was published in 1997, and was written by Toni Morrison. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 318 pages and is available in Paperback format. The main characters of this fiction, cultural story are,. The book has been awarded with The International.
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And fantasy it was, for we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life. We substituted good grammar for intellect; we switched habits to simulate maturity; we rearranged lies and called it truth, seeing in the new pattern of an old idea the Revelation and the Word.
She, however, stepped over into madness, a madness which protected her from us simply because it bored us in the end.
Oh, some of us “loved” her. The Maginot Line. And Cholly loved her. I’m sure he did. He, at any rate, was the one who loved her enough to touch her, envelop her, give something of himself to her. But his touch was fatal, and the something he gave her filled the matrix of her agony with death. Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.
And now when I see her searching the garbage—for what? The thing we assassinated? I talk about how I did not plant the seeds too deeply, how it was the fault of the earth, the land, of our town. I even think now that the land of the entire country was hostile to marigolds that year. This soil is bad for certain kinds of flowers. Certain seeds it will not nurture, certain fruit it will not bear, and when the land kills of its own volition, we acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live. We are wrong, of course, but it doesn’t matter. It’s too late. At least on the edge of my town, among the garbage and the sunflowers of my town, it’s much, much, much too late.
The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison is the Robert F. Goheen Professor of Humanities, Emeritus at Princeton University. She has received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She lives in Rockland County, New York, and Princeton, New Jersey.
ALSO BY TONI MORRISON
Song of Solomon
The Dancing Mind
Playing in the Dark:
Whiteness and the Literary Imagination
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FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, MAY 2007
Copyright © 1970, copyright renewed 1998 by Toni Morrison
Foreword © 1993, 2007 by Toni Morrison
All rights reserved. Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, and in Canada by Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto. Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc, in 1970, and subsequently published in slightly different form in hardcover by Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, Inc., in 1993.
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Portions of the foreword were previously published as the afterword to the 1993 Knopf edition.
The Library of Congress has cataloged the Knopf edition as follows:
The bluest eye / by Toni Morrison.—1st ed.
1. Afro-Americans—Ohio—Fiction. 2. Girls—Ohio—Fiction. I. Title