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The Bluest Eye (Oprah's Book Club) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. April 2000

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  • Taschenbuch: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Plume (26. April 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0452282195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452282193
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,5 x 20,4 cm
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Oprah Book Club® Selection, April 2000: Originally published in 1970, The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison's first novel. In an afterword written more than two decades later, the author expressed her dissatisfaction with the book's language and structure: "It required a sophistication unavailable to me." Perhaps we can chalk up this verdict to modesty, or to the Nobel laureate's impossibly high standards of quality control. In any case, her debut is nothing if not sophisticated, in terms of both narrative ingenuity and rhetorical sweep. It also shows the young author drawing a bead on the subjects that would dominate much of her career: racial hatred, historical memory, and the dazzling or degrading power of language itself.

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 .


“So precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.” —The New York Times“A profoundly successful work of fiction. . . . Taut and understated, harsh in its detachment, sympathetic in its is an experience.” —The Detroit Free Press“This story commands attention, for it contains one black girl’s universe.” —Newsweek

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von CoffeeGurl am 28. Juli 2000
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Toni Morrison is one of the best fiction writers of this era, and she has proved it again and again. The Bluest Eye, Morrison's first novel, is a rich and heart-wrenching story with language so exquisite and beautiful that moved me in many ways.
The story is about Pecola, a girl whose only dream is to have blue eyes. Her perception of beauty is somewhat deluded, but that's the sad reality African Americans have endured for decades. The novel emphasizes self-hatred, but the focus in the story is not how one perceives one's beauty, but rather how others perceive it. The secondary characters are essentially important in the novel. Pecola, the focal character, is not quite as developed as the others. I think Morrison wanted the reader to comprehend other people's perception of Pecola's beauty -- or lack thereof. It is sort of an outsider looking in type of thing. Pecola's story is both tragic and thought provoking. One might wonder: how do I perceive beauty? Is beauty really in the eyes of the beholder?
This is -- without a stretch of doubt -- a thinker's novel. Oprah has picked an excellent book. Toni Morrison is a gifted storyteller. I strongly urge to read this book!
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On the positive side: "The Bluest Eye" has some breezy, sharp dialogue; some of the descriptions are well done; and, structurally, it is mildly interesting, although largely whimsical (e.g., the changes in paragraph justification). On the negative side: the symbolism is awful; there are many bland and/or trite descriptions (e.g., "leaden skies"); it is bloated with overworked, competing, confusing, and clumsy modifiers (i.e., adjectives and adverbs); the characterization is thin, and it is executed in a series of disjoint and amateurish character sketches; the narrative tells too much, while showing and evoking too little; and, the ending is just plain silly.
In "The Bluest Eye", Morrison's characters are superficial and pigeonholed. It seems obvious that Morrison approached the story with ideas, rather than images (just read the afterword), and then forced her characters to act out these simplistic ideas. Here Morrison is too preoccupied with social, psychological, and moral messages; and, her characters and situations are contrived to provide didactic illustrations of overdrawn generalizations. Because of this, the reader's attention is pulled away from the characters as unique and complex creations, and focused on the messages, or "lessons", the characters are intended to help convey. Just read other people's reviews and this is obvious; many reviewers identify with Pecola only as a young black woman in the abstract, and urge others to read this book because of the "issues" it raises. This is evidence of both inartistic writing and unimaginative reading.
Morrison's symbolism is abstract and artificial.
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The following is an excerpt from a paper I once wrote on this same book. It shows how Toni Morisson creates a perfect example of existing - then and now - social hierarchy with her book and also shows how women were victimized by society:
"Pecola...has been deemed ugly by society. Being ugly, as well as black during the early 1940's, was a sure way to lose any chance of power in the social hierarchy. Pecola, having constantly been bombarded with images of perfection in movies and in baby dolls, has been constructed to believe that the way to be loved is to have blue eyes; after all, all the prettiest girls have blue eyes. So she prays for God to give her blue eyes. This type of wish is unattainable, but in Pecola's mind, she sees it as a solution to her problems. Not only will it result in her finally becoming accepted by a society which shuns her, but it will stop the constant fighting between her parents since "'[They] musn't do bad things in front of those pretty eyes.'" In the end of the work, she believes that her prayer has paid off, since she believes she has blue eyes. In reality, her traumatic existence has caused her to hallucinate a self which constantly tells her how pretty her eyes are, and she begins to see blue eyes when she looks in the mirror. She thinks it his her pretty blue eyes which cause people to stare as she walks past; it does not occur to her that they stare because she is pregnant with her father's child. Those around her, even her friends begin to avoid her, and she eventually loses all contact with the world around her. Morisson shows that Pecola is a victim of the social hierarchy.
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In the first pages of her first novel, Morrison sets out the themes and characters she will pursue in each of her novels: mother, father, child, home ,village, love, beauty, friendship, nature, property, earth, scapegoat, pariah, history, nature, belief, magic, the act of naming. Her themes are her themes: flight, the journey, family, friendship, violence, paradoxes of good and evil, world of black society: its code, its superstitions. The ancestor. The tar-quality of women. Her main characters always have childhoods. She uses everything available to her: awesome intellect, rich imagination, liberal education, the way she was reared. She uses fable, song, myth. Masks and names. Clichés. She gives voice to everything that might have voice. Responsibilities and choices confront the characters and us. Presences and absences. Her sentences, her stories are comprised of what is said and what is not said. Not victim literature, although there are victims; she does not come to the page to grind axes. Rather, she aims at things not being, "Quiet as it's kept... ." Forced to the extremes of life, her characters survive or don't survive and their stories show how they do or don't survive and do or don't find the resources to live "intensely and well." She creates a world that includes rather than excludes, one where much is tolerated and "The End" is just a stopping point and does not close off possibility. In a sense, The Bluest Eye introduces a musical line, the melody, of a jazz composition, expressive, flexible, various, full of call and response like gospel or worksong, bluesy, vocal, replete with spaces to be filled by the instrument that is the reader. The sense of always beginning.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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