Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. N° de ref. de la librería
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Read by Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, The Bluest Eye (1970) is the first novel written by Toni Morrison. It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove--a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others--who 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.
Review: Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 2000: Originally published in 1970, The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel. In an afterword written more than two decades later, the author expressed her dissatisfaction with the book's language and structure: "It required a sophistication unavailable to me." Perhaps we can chalk up this verdict to modesty, or to the Nobel laureate's impossibly high standards of quality control. In any case, her debut is nothing if not sophisticated, in terms of both narrative ingenuity and rhetorical sweep. It also shows the young author drawing a bead on the subjects that would dominate much of her career: racial hatred, historical memory, and the dazzling or degrading power of language itself.
Set in Lorain, Ohio, in 1941, The Bluest Eye is something of an ensemble piece. The point of view is passed like a baton from one character to the next, with Morrison's own voice functioning as a kind of gold standard throughout. The focus, though, is on an 11-year-old black girl named Pecola Breedlove, whose entire family has been given a cosmetic cross to bear:
You looked at them and wondered why they were so ugly; you looked closely and could not find the source. Then you realized that it came from conviction, their conviction. It was as though some mysterious all-knowing master had given each one a cloak of ugliness to wear, and they had each accepted it without question.... And they took the ugliness in their hands, threw it as a mantle over them, and went about the world with it.There are far uglier things in the world than, well, ugliness, and poor Pecola is subjected to most of them. She's spat upon, ridiculed, and ultimately raped and impregnated by her own father. No wonder she yearns to be the very opposite of what she is--yearns, in other words, to be a white child, possessed of the blondest hair and the bluest eye.
This vein of self-hatred is exactly what keeps Morrison's novel from devolving into a cut-and-dried scenario of victimization. She may in fact pin too much of the blame on the beauty myth: "Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another--physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion." Yet the destructive power of these ideas is essentially colorblind, which gives The Bluest Eye the sort of universal reach that Morrison's imitators can only dream of. And that, combined with the novel's modulated pathos and musical, fine-grained language, makes for not merely a sophisticated debut but a permanent one. --James Marcus
Título: Bluest Eye, the (Picador Books)
Año de publicación: 1998
Condición del libro: Good
Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Nº de ref. de la librería GOR001361855
Descripción Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Nº de ref. de la librería FPS0330305018G
Descripción MacMillan, 1998. Estado de conservación: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Nº de ref. de la librería GRP2874024
Descripción MacMillan. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Nº de ref. de la librería G0330305018I3N00
Descripción MacMillan. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: Good. 0330305018 Meets the good condition guidelines. Has a large tear. Has a small amount of writing/highlighting. Has wear. Five star seller - Buy with confidence!. Nº de ref. de la librería Z0330305018Z3
Descripción Estado de conservación: Used; Good. BROCHE EN BON Ã‰TAT. PLIS SUR LES COINS. INTÃ‰RIEUR PROPRE. Nº de ref. de la librería KN4448
Descripción Estado de conservación: acceptable. 159 Gramm. Nº de ref. de la librería M00330305018-B
Descripción Picador, 1990, 1990. broschierte Ausgabe, Außeneinband: leichte gebr. Spuren Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 160 broschierte Ausgabe, Außeneinband: leichte gebr. Spuren. Nº de ref. de la librería 50582
Descripción 1990-09-14., 1990. Estado de conservación: Fair. Picador. New edition. Paperback. Book: ACCEPTABLE. 173pp. . Nº de ref. de la librería NF-1739547
Descripción MacMillan, 1990. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Nº de ref. de la librería P020330305018