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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 -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Gebundene Ausgabe .
Ein absoluter Klassiker, der nur zu empfehlen ist. The Bluest Eye von Toni Morrison ist für alle Literaturinteressierten ein echtes Muss!Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2013 von Valerie
wird das Buch sehr gut und besticht durch den unerwarten Wandel sowhl Inhaltlich, als auch im Schreibstil. Es wird zum wahren Vergnügen!Veröffentlicht am 28. März 2013 von Wessely Eva "Libresqua"
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Ein mitreisendes Buch. Voll mit ausdrucksstarken Metaphern wird die Geschichte einer kleinen afroamerikanischen Gemeinde erzählt. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 21. Juni 2001 von Simone
I Just finished "The Bluest Eye" by Tony Morrison and I was really impressed by this book. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. August 2000 veröffentlicht
There is no doubt that Toni Morrison is a wonderfully gifted writer with a brilliant mind. She possesses very strong opinions which give light to here broad insight and amzazing... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
It was my first time reading something by Toni Morrison, and was sad to say that this book was very depressing, it jumped around alot, and she was overly descriptive. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von "pamela_"
I recently read this book because I know what a brilliant writer Toni Morrison is. She is one of the few writers whom can keep you mesmorized with such vivid descriptions and... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Juli 2000 von Janine Johnson
This is a wonderful novel, my favorite Oprah selection to date, and I have read most of them.
The astounding thing is that it was Morrison's first novel. Lesen Sie weiter...