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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her dream grows more fervent, her life slowly starts to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife. A powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity, Toni Morrisons virtuosic first novel asks powerful questions about race, class, and gender with the subtlety and grace that have always characterized her writing.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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brandybear22
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Watching Sabrina remake with my teenager here. They are advocating to read this book, which is banned, and they go to the library and looked through the card catalogue. With actual cards!

kgriffith I just finished this one for the first time! (The book, not the show. Though there was a witches category at trivia last night and many students were disappointed that Sabrina didn‘t make an appearance) 3w
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kgriffith
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Didn‘t really want to finish my going #audiobook to kick off #readathon so I scanned my TBR on Scribd for a short novel for that early sense of accomplishment that‘s an important part of #Deweys24hourReadathon 🤓

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Hannah_11
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Cathythoughts Ohhhhh ! Cuteeeee ♥️ 1mo
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DrexEdit
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This book is about as harsh as they come. I can't love this story; it is too hard and it makes me sad. At least right now. But it will live with me forever. I hope I've learned something from it. I hope I will continue to learn from it. A terrific and powerful indictment of the brutal effects of casual everyday racism endured by people of color.

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FeministBookClub
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Announcing our October book of the month! We‘ll be honoring the late great Toni Morrison with our discussion book next month. There‘s still time to join us! Check out all our membership options at feministbookclub.com/shop

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Bookboss
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I am so excited by my book haul from one of my favorite independent bookstores!

Leftcoastzen The Bluest Eye is such a powerful book! 3mo
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DrexEdit
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Got this in on audio and I've got a road trip coming up this weekend. Perfect timing! 😊

Tanisha_A This book 💔 3mo
DrexEdit @Tanisha_A this is my first reading of this book. I'm expecting no less. 3mo
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AnansiGirl
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Friday night reading with my companions cat nephew Dac, and dog niece Shandy as we remember the life of #ToniMorrison.

#192019Challenge #1970

Ericalambbrown This is one of her‘s that I‘ve not read. I need to do that! 3mo
AnansiGirl @Ericalambbrown I have A Mercy, Home, and God Help the Child added on my tbr, not realizing until now those haven‘t been read yet. 3mo
Ericalambbrown @AnansiGirl I just need to go through all her books and add all of them that I‘ve not read 3mo
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Jasxnicole
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“We were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life. We substituted good grammar for intellect; we switched habits to simulate maturity; we rearranged lies and called it truth, seeing in the new pattern of an old idea the Revelation and the Word.”

Thank you for your words😢

staci.reads She is in a class of her own 😪 The world is a little less lyrical today.
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Come-read-with-me
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“But to find out the truth about how dreams die, one should never take the word of a dreamer.”
The beloved Toni Morrison

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LWagoner
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RIP Toni Morrison

Chrissyreadit 💔 4mo
JazzFeathers 😢 4mo
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mariaku21
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I just found out today that Toni Morrison has passed away at 88.
I remember reading 'The Bluest Eye" and crying for days for a fictional character that resembled too many young girls.

That was the power of Toni Morrison and her words.

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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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“At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.”

https://www.vox.com/2019/8/6/20756732/toni-morrison-dead-at-88

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Louise
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RIP Toni Morrison, a bright star in the sky of literature. Here is a link to today‘s NYT article about her: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/08/06/books/toni-morrison-dead...

Cathythoughts ♥️ 4mo
riversong153 Omg are you serious? I had not heard. 4mo
Chrissyreadit 😢 4mo
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Emilymdxn
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So immensely sad to hear about Toni Morrison passing away. One of the most brilliant, insightful, important writers I‘ve ever read. She taught me, and the world in general, so much. Heartbroken that she‘s gone but grateful that we have her books still. We need her words now more than ever.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😢😢😢 4mo
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Carla
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I read Beloved in Yale Summer School—Gender and Political Science class—and it changed the way I looked at the American novel. I also read The Bluest Eye in that class, and it changed how I looked at my own writing, at sparseness of word to tell a powerful gut-punch of a story.

She won the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She was a treasure, as is her work. #tonimorrison #rip #love

Bibliogeekery 💔 4mo
megnews 😢 4mo
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bookandcat
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Toni Morrison has passed away. She was truly a legend and a national treasure. Her books are on my "shelf of honor".

Bibliogeekery 💔 4mo
Caroline2 😔 4mo
SW-T 😢💔 4mo
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Andrew65
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Another sad loss to the book community 😢 She leaves behind a big legacy. Many Thanks. RIP.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49254776

Crazeedi We lost a special woman 4mo
Andrew65 Most definitely 😢 4mo
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Julsmarshall
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Crying at work with the news that Toni Morrison has passed away. The Bluest Eye, Paradise, Sula, Beloved; I loved and learned so much from her books. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives. Rest in peace.

MicheleinPhilly My tear ducts are getting quite a workout this week. 4mo
Bibliogeekery 💔 4mo
Julsmarshall Same, @MicheleinPhilly 😭 (edited) 4mo
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cherinium
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Beautiful, poignant writing. An examination of beauty and self-acceptance. How easily the psyche of a child is damaged by indifference of adults. How physical and verbal abuse can break the spirit of one that feels no love. The pain of rejection by those who should love you unconditionally. #beauty #selflove #wordsdohurt #rejection #racism

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EchoLogical Such a gut wrenching story. I wanted to adopt Pecola and love her to bits. 5mo
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megnews
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Excellent documentary in Toni Morrison‘s hometown tonight!

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cherinium
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Read half of this book last night. Hope to finish tonight. It's quite good, which makes me happy, because Beloved didn't work out so well for me.

I keep trying to remember if the book was chewed up when I got it out of the LFL, or if my naughty cat got ahold of it. I'm leaning toward Gabriel being the culprit. #littlefreelibrary #adventuresofthegmen #damagedbook #naughty #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

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Staci
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Mehso-so

It was pretty good, but there were some parts where is was more describing the scenery than the actions of the characters, which made it a little long winded.

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pari91
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I loved this book. It was a hard read. The story has a haunting quality about it. It keeps you thinking even after it is finished. The characters are able to come to life through the pages. Also being able to understand their back stories helps you understand what makes them make the choices that they do. Overall would highly recommend.

Nute Yes, I often think about the message of this story still, though I read it awhile ago. 5mo
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TrinaAnnPion
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A tragic tale. Beautifully written. I recommend it.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Tiny baby kitteh! 😻 6mo
Erofan Cute sleeping kitten 😻 6mo
Lcsmcat Kitten approved! 6mo
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pari91
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Weaponxgirl Love Toni Morrison! 6mo
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AdaChivers
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That one is hard, but so necessary!
I received it from my blind book of the month (taglivros).

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jenniferw88
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Thanks @squirrelbrain & @Cathythoughts for the birthday presents - I'll try to wait until Saturday!

@Lel2403 @LoveToReadLiveToRead I've just sent both your books so should arrive Wednesday.

Cathythoughts Oh great it‘s there 👍🏻♥️ 👋🏻 @squirrelbrain ! Here we are together again 😁 7mo
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - we‘re just too organised for our own good! 🤣 Jenny - you should get a separate card from me as I sealed the parcel up too early - doh! 7mo
jenniferw88 @squirrelbrain card arrived separately today! No worries there. 7mo
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jenniferw88
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This is one tough read but well worth the effort. Definitely one of the better Morrison books I've read (admittedly I've only read 3), but is one that will haunt me for a while. Thanks @Emilymdxn for choosing it for #lmpbc, Lesley I'll send it later in the month!

Addison_Reads I read this for a class in college and it still haunts me to this day. It's such a beautifully written, yet heartbreaking book. 8mo
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jenniferw88
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@Emilymdxn Muscadine grapes! (P143)

📸 off internet

Soubhiville Oh I love those! Enjoy! 8mo
Emilymdxn Amazing! They look delicious 8mo
julesG In April? From your own garden? 8mo
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jenniferw88 @Soubhiville @julesG noooo, photo from Google image search lol! 8mo
julesG I didn't see your note about it being from the internet 8mo
julesG 🙈🙈 8mo
jenniferw88 @julesG 😹😹😹 that may be because I have just added it! 😹😹😹 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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Finished for #lmpbc #groupv - should be sent out tomorrow, I hope I‘ve got the timings correct guys! This was a brutal difficult book but educational and transformative too, with very beautiful writing. @jenniferw88 @mania @Lel2403

@suvata

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SarahMillerBooks
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All the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. “Here,” they said, “this is beautiful, and if you are on this day ‘worthy‘ you may have it.” I fingered the face, wondering at the single-stroke eyebrows; picked at the pearly teeth stuck like two piano keys between red bowline lips. Traced the turned-up nose, poked the glassy blue eyeballs, twisted the yellow hair. I could not love it.

LeahBergen Great photo and quote. 👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
SarahMillerBooks @LeahBergen Thanks! The doll was my grandma's. 💕 8mo
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Nute
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I know what to expect with Toni Morrison‘s writing. It is skillful and talented. I know that there is a gift for storytelling. So why was it difficult to fall asleep after finishing this book last night? Maybe, because of the transfer of emotion from those written words to a hibernating soul. Maybe, because of the free fall into a life experience that is so raw, naked, painful and uncensored, it‘s incomprehensible.👇🏽

Nute The reader willingly participates, but the exposure is heartbreaking. The organic truth is bitter and agonizing. There is an ache that touches the center of your being. Your mind questions the legitimacy of fiction because this feels like real life. With everything inside yourself, you wish...you hope... you pray that someone didn‘t live this story.
Highly recommended!
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merelybookish Beautiful review! 8mo
Cathythoughts Love your review... I want to say more ..but you‘ve said it all ... ❤️♥️💔 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Perfectly said.I felt so wrung out after reading this book,it stuck with me and broke my heart. 8mo
Tamra I am ashamed to admit I still have gotten to this one! 8mo
batsy What a stunning review! 8mo
Reggie 😮 wow!! Just wow!! 8mo
Nute @Tamra TIME...never enough! When The Great American Read List came out, I was shocked at how much reading still needed to be done to accurately assess what book I would pick as number one. Never enough time, Ms. Tamra. 8mo
Tamra @Nute so sadly true. And then new books keep me from rereading great old books. 😭😳😩 8mo
Centique What a beautiful review! I love this book - it‘s a painful kind of love because this book is as sharp as a knife. But I think about those scenes and those words again and again over the years. I reckon I have to put it in my all time top ten. ❤️ 8mo
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Nute
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The day was planned: laundry, potato-leek soup & reading. No other activity because the falling of lots of snow was expected overnight. Enough snow so that the pull of the outside world would be stymied. BUT the snowy weather seems to have blown right by. It is cold, windy & foggy.
The making of soup will still happen. Laundry...definitely kicked to the curb, because I hear that B&N is having BookHaul Sale. The rest of the day will be THIS BOOK.

readordierachel Sounds like a good day! 9mo
Suet624 I love your posts. 9mo
Nute @readordierachel The BEST day! 9mo
Nute @Suet624 Thank you!☺️ 9mo
Centique I love that - snow will stymie the outside world. Youre so poetic! Also - potato leek soup 😍😍😍 yum. 8mo
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I can't believe I've gone this long without reading Toni Morrison! This book is gorgeous and heartbreaking. Morrison's nonlinear structure, bouncing through time and between characters to illustrate the myriad was institutional racism has impacted the lives and psyches of the Breedlove family and their neighbors. A great choice for a #BlackHistoryMonth read.

MsJPilkey What a wonderful novel! I was first exposed to this text in high school and then again in college. I am always blown away by the beauty of Toni Morrison‘s prose 😊 9mo
dalma_st_paul Wonderful review❤️ Such a gorgeous novel with truly unique characters in unbelievable cruel but unfortunately true life situations. I recommend this to everyone. 9mo
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PixieDust
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This book is so beautifully written I‘m mad at myself for not reading it sooner. The way Toni Morrison writes... its poetry... if you have not read this book you need to read is asap!

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Emilymdxn
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It‘s arrived! #lmpbc @suvata

So I‘ve never done this before and I hope i get it all correct. I‘ll read and mark this up in my colour pen (blue - how fitting 😊) and post to @jenniferw88 on March 31. Really excited for this gals! @mania @Lel2403

suvata Have fun! 9mo
mania Can't wait! :) 9mo
jenniferw88 Neither can i - can it be March already?! Blue is fine with me! 9mo
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Lel2403 Looking forward it 📖 9mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Reading this right now and it's amazing! Very annotate-able. 9mo
Trashcanman 👀🤗😊👋🤗👀😔 9mo
PixieDust This book is soooo good 😫 9mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Bubbles and book night. #BlackHistoryMonth

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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Read.This.Book

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Emilymdxn
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Hi new #lmbpc #groupv friends!! I‘ve never done anything like this before and I‘m super excited, I hope I‘m getting this right and tagging the right people @suvata

Right @jenniferw88 @Lel2403 @mania here‘s some possibilities for my book choice! Any thoughts?? I haven‘t read any of these before, they range from around 180-300 and something pages and I‘ve heard good things about them all! Hit me with any thoughts

Lel2403 Oh I like the sound of the Bluest Eye 📖💕 9mo
Tanisha_A @Lel2403 That's a beautiful book! 9mo
jenniferw88 Definitely happy with The Bluest Eye as I almost put it on my list! 😂😂😂 9mo
mania Been wanting to read the Bluest Eye, so yes please! :) 9mo
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Carolhreads
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Started last night its good so far should finish by the end of today

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Naj
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I'm rating this as a 'pick' but I'd rather you didn't read this. Not because this is a book not worth reading - the importance of this story cannot be overstated, but it is the most depressing novel I've ever read. The entire book is a relentless tale of solid misery with no redemption, not even the slightest sliver of hope. So, do read this (it's Toni Morrison ffs), but be prepared for intense gloom. TW : sexual violence, statutory rape.
#blitsy

Tamra 😳 10mo
Naj @Tamra I wanted this review to be looking of a heads-up. I wasn't prepared for the utter depressing black hole that this book was. I understood and appreciated why there was so much pain and suffering, but I don't think I'll ever be able to read this book again. 10mo
Naj *wanted to be more more of a heads-up. Don't know why we can't edit a comment! 10mo
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Naj
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Adults, older girls, shops, magazines, newspapers, window signs—all the world had agreed that a blue-eyed, yellow-haired, pink-skinned doll was what every girl child treasured. “Here,” they said, “this is beautiful, and if you are on this day ‘worthy‘ you may have it.”

LauraBeth Here‘s to the brownest eye. The deep brown that is found in the prettiest things in nature: night skies, sparrow feathers, moonlit oceans, autumn trees, a bear‘s nose, chestnuts and cattail flowers. Your eyes are beautiful. 10mo
Naj @LauraBeth Yes!🙌🏼🙌🏼. I wish someone had said this to me when I was growing up. All little brown-eyed girls need to be told this. 10mo
AlaSkaat I'm a green/gray eye girl. I never understood the hype about blue eyes. Eyes are just eyes. Lol. But people have so many preferences! One boy only wanted to date 'Sara's' because he loved that name. After finding out it was not my name, he decided to call me Sara anyway. Ok..? Similar to 'I only date blue eyed girls' goshh haha 10mo
Naj @OleAnder 😂. I think a reason for the hype is that blue/green eyes get compared to a lot of pretty things, especially in literature. Ocean, emeralds, and on and on. They're just easier to write about I guess. Never really found any equivalent of brown eyes in any book I've read. They're just described as plain and boring. 10mo
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This book is an important piece of writing, but not something I'd consider good as a novel, so I'm not exactly sure how I'd rate it. It highlights a number of factors that contribute to racism, and misogyny, things that can't be expressed simply. And I understand why the story moves around the way it does, to allow the reader to see separate events unfold. But I'm glad Toni addresses her own writing and acknowledges that some of it doesn't work.

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TheSpineView
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#quotsydec18 @TK-421
Prompt: Blue

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GirlMeetsBook
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💙👁 ‘nough said. #Day13 #30DayBookChallenge

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TJReads
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This is Toni Morrison‘s first novel. This specific edition has a afterword done by her, almost 20 years after this book was published. Interesting enough, Morrison found flaw in the original narrative. She criticizes the language and structure of the book. Humbly stating, “it required sophistication unavailable to me”( p 215), when specially to Pecola‘s character. I appreciate this book. This story. This narrative. The pain.

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Centique
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#nofemmeber #blackisthecolor

#blackisthecolor that troubles little Pecola Breedlove as she is mocked by the community for the darkness of her skin, and #blueisthecolor of the eyes she wishes for, like the blonde haired, porcelain skinned dolls she sees.
This is possibly the most heart breaking book I‘ve ever read. Yet some of the scenes that stick with me are the beautiful ones. The writing is amazing - as you‘d expect! #tonifans

Tanisha_A Loved it! Toni Morrison! ♥️ 12mo
Cinfhen Beautiful blurb, Jo😘 12mo
Leftcoastzen It is a gut punch !High on my list of all time favorites. 12mo
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Billypar Somehow I've read four amazing Toni Morrison novels and still have her two most famous ones to go- this and Beloved. I think I have to read Beloved next, but then this for sure. 12mo
Centique @Billypar I still have Beloved to read too! 12mo
Cathythoughts Loved this & loved Beloved. She goes straight for the ♥️ heart (edited) 12mo
batsy This sounds great. I need to read it! 12mo
Centique @batsy oh I think you‘ll love it! It‘s a work of art this book, not long but it has so much in it. I‘m lost for words to do it justice! 12mo
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cherinium
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MinDea Oh my goodness!!!!! 💙💙💙 Shadow was very light like that when he was younger and then he got darker. So cute 13mo
cherinium @MinDea Gabriel is still pretty young--just over a year old. It will be interesting to see if he gets darker. His back is already a lot darker than his face. 13mo
Crazeedi My goodness what a beautiful kitty 13mo
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