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.
Toni Morrison was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.
©1970 Toni Morrison; (P)1994 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
Oprah Book Club Selection
"So charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry." (The New York Times)
"Ruby Dee's reading of Morrison's first novel is masterful....This is an outstanding production of a classic work." (AudioFile)
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While the pieces that are there are great. The abridged version has missing pieces that are elemental to having a full grasp of the beauty of this important book.
I love the fact that Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee read The Bluest Eye. They are wonderful, and, I will admit that I should have known better; it is ABRIDGED. But, I am really frustrated right now because I am reading the book in preparation for the High School Senior English classes I will be teaching this fall. I have tracked the sections of the book missing from the tape, and already, so far, on pages 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, there are sentences, and in fact whole pages, missing in this abridged reading. So, if you don't mind missing out on a lot of the book, go for it; but as for me, it is just so frustrating, and I'm not going to be able to use it for my purposes...
just so you know.
Beautiful, Tragic, Sad
I really enjoyed listening to The Bluest Eye read by Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee. Both narrators read the story beautifully, they made the characters come ALIVE!
Awesome audio book!
"Everyone should listen"
It is the same
Spoiler* At the end...we all realize that the result or the outcome or what that little girl became was because of other people. I cried.
Just the perfect voices of both of them to bring the characters to life in my mind while listening to them.
"Thought provoking and haunting novella"
Highly recommend this book for someone looking to be challenged by the material and themes and who is open to the humanity of the story
Morrisons ideas on beauty and virtue
My first Morrison and Ruby Dee book but will not be my last
No but as I was drawn into the story it became impossible to not finish
"Special reading from the author herself!"
While this is not my favorite Toni Morrison book, there is something awfully special about getting to listen to an author read her own work for you. Morrison pours such heart and soul into her literature that I knew her reading would be heartfelt, and she did not disappoint.
The voices of Ruby Dee's and Toni Morrison made it is easier to sink to age old story of insecurities and incest. given voice to the voiceless
"Not my type of book"
It was a good book, I didn't finish it because it's not my type of read.
"Poverty and Love"
A powerful story on the impacts of poverty and how it affects the sense of community. This story provides the rawness and brutality of survival, showing how those who should love and protect become the worst enemies. Enjoyed listening to two women I greatly admire tell such a painful but true depiction of child abuse, neglect and the search for love.
in terms is being a young black female I related so much to the story. the narrator kept me captivated and the book was just absolutely worth the read/listening because it was very .... relatable in dealing with terms of self esteem, self value,... I really loved it.
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