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This is a great piece in American literature. What I'm having a difficult time with is why there are so many young 'adults' complaining about the violent/graphic nature of the book. It amazes me that a fantastic, socially concious piece of literature, is considered to ...
This is a great piece in American literature. What I'm having a difficult time with is why there are so many young 'adults' complaining about the violent/graphic nature of the book. It amazes me that a fantastic, socially concious piece of literature, is considered to be offensive for being sexually graphic, especially when our culture is saturated with sex and violence. What bothers me, even more than critically unjustifiable opinions, is that teens are completely caught off guard by sexual and violent material that doesnt contain slap-stick humor and apple pies. This book may be 'graphic', but it isnt gratuitous. If you're focusing so much on the 'graphic' content, you've completely missed the point that Morrison was trying to make.

posted by Anonymous on September 9, 2008

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3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

If you enjoy a very sad and depressing pictorial novel, you will enjoy this book.

I must say I did not enjoy this book at all. Hard to follow at times, very depressing, and a very sad ending- I kept hoping that somehow, and, in some way, this little girl would come away a success- (I was "rooting" for her through-out the entire novel)- Perhaps, with ...
I must say I did not enjoy this book at all. Hard to follow at times, very depressing, and a very sad ending- I kept hoping that somehow, and, in some way, this little girl would come away a success- (I was "rooting" for her through-out the entire novel)- Perhaps, with the aid of a mentor, an education, a miracle, or, better yet, all three! Poor little girl-A life worth living in return for all that she had to go through, was what I was hoping for- Unfortunately, this novel never gave her a chance- In addition, this novel is filled with verbal pictorials and jumps from one character development or background to another- definitely, not straight forward- the story goes on and on and does not get to the point- Saddest part of it all, it is a copulation of various and varying vignettes depict yet another depressing episode of this little girl's life and family- If this is the type of books you may enjoy, by all means read on- I walked away after reading this novel asking myself what on earth did I get from reading such a bleak and dark account? Deep sadness! I leave it up to you to make this choice for yourself- This was a book club selection, which I will think twice before returning-

posted by marielenna on November 22, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2003

    Wrong Audience

    My daughter who is 17 and a junior in high school brought this book home to read and prepare a report for her English/Literature class. The class was required to read a book written by a minority author and Toni Morrison had two books on the suggested reading list. I read the narrative and thought the book appeared very interesting and would provide insight about the inner feelings of some young black girls. (I am an African American and my daughter is African American and Carcacian) I decided to read the book. After I did, I was very disappointed. I believe this book is far too psychologically and sexually graphic for some readers. As I read through the book I continued to hope that it would move away from the sexual content and stay with the theme of a black girl wanting blue eyes in order to find love for the wrong or right reasons. This could have been an exceptional book for more age groups if it had stayed on the mark throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2001

    what's the point?

    I found 'The Bluest Eye' to be the worst book ever read. The beginning of the book was good, but the entire story had exactly no impact and no point to it whatsoever. It's not worth read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    A Book I would not read again

    I am a 38 year old mom and found this book to be very disappointing. I love all of Oprah's picks but this one was very confusing. I would just get into the characters and the storyline and then a new chapter would start and confuse me so much that I would put it down for a few days. I was determined to finish it but was glad when it was over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2000

    Slow!

    I had to push myself to keep reading. I suppose I just did not enjoy the author's style of writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Still looking for the bluest eye

    I just love Oprah, her show does so much for women and there is no one else like her on TV today but why does all her book choices has to have so much pain and sorrow in them. This book was not a pleasure to read and you felt violated by the time it was over. There are so many books out there that teach us about life but come on now over and over again. Sorry but I would not class this book as one of the best four ever read.

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