The Bluest Eye chronicles the tragic, torn lives of a poor black family in 1940s Ohio. Pecola, unlovely and unloved, prays each night for blue eyes like those of her privileged white schoolfellows
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"Not only a story but an awe-inspiring poem that confronts beauty itself."
Guardian||"So charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry"
New York Times||"I imagine if our greatest American novelist, William Faulkner, were alive today he would herald Toni Morrison's emergence as a kindred spirit... Discovering a writer like Toni Morrison is the rarest of pleasures"
Washington Post||"The Bluest Eyeis a fine book, a lament for all starved and stunted children everywhere"
Daily Telegraph||"Morrison's style rivets the reader...her synaesthetic, often rhythmic, even chanting prose recalls both Faulkner and Emily Dickinson"
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