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The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

sakritamaharjan's review against another edition

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4.0

The bluest eye is so perceptive on matters related to poverty, racism and self hatred.

ykhashab's review against another edition

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3.0

maybe i haven’t read classic lit in a while: this was good! but convoluted for why???

mckellstar's review against another edition

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4.0

4.5/5 stars

Wow... This was a very intense, heavy, beautiful, and heartbreaking read. I knew very little about the plot, and I’m glad because it allowed me to go into the book with a blank slate. I have so many thoughts and questions about the themes and issues this book raises, but I think this is the kind of book that you need to take the time to reflect upon after reading. It took me a little to understand the writing style; I wasn’t sure what to expect because this was my first time reading a Toni Morrison book, but once I got used to her tone and style it was very easy for me to follow. This book was heart wrenching but SO IMPORTANT. I’m glad I read it, and I think this would have been an amazing book to read as a high school student.

oboemeister's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad

4.0

nateamazing's review against another edition

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challenging dark sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

Wonderful and also upsetting. Toni Morrison is a very skilled writer, but make sure you are in the right mood to grapple with this book.

mill3011's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

aesthetic_nutcase's review against another edition

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dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

Quiet as it's kept. 

giuli_lec's review against another edition

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challenging reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

giuli_lec's review against another edition

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4.0

L'occhio più azzurro può essere riassunto con un passaggio tra le ultime pagine, che a mio parere racchiude tutto il senso del libro:

"L'amore non è mai migliore di chi ama. I malvagi amano con malvagità, i violenti con violenza, i deboli con debolezza e gli stupidi in modo stupido, ma l'amore di un uomo libero non è mai sicuro. Non c'è dono per la persona amata. Solo chi ama possiede il suo dono d'amore. Chi ha amato viene reciso, neutralizzato, congelato nello sguardo dell'occhio interiore di chi ama.

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Il suolo è cattivo con certi tipi di fiori. Certi semi non li vuole nutrire, certi frutti non li vuole portare, e quando il terreno uccide di sua volontà, lo accettiamo dicendo che la vittima non aveva diritto di vivere. Sbagliamo, ovviamente, ma non importa. È troppo tardi. Perlomeno ai margini della mia città, tra i rifiuti e i girasoli della mia città, è molto, molto tardi, troppo tardi."

Questo è un libro molto complesso da leggere e lo ammette anche l'autrice, nella postfazione del 1993.
L'occhio più azzurro è la storia di Pecola, "un brutto anatroccolo destinato a non tramutarsi mai in cigno".

È una storia che butta sotto gli occhi del lettore scenari crudeli, dettati dall'odio raziale radicato così tanto nei protagonisti (soprattutto nella bambina) da desiderare di essere diversi.
È un libro che ti lascia spiazzato, senza parole, senza forze.

clara_b's review against another edition

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challenging dark emotional inspiring reflective sad medium-paced

5.0