The Bluest Eye

by Toni Morrison Year Published:

John Leonard of The New York Times wrote that this novel “is an inquiry into the reasons why beauty gets wasted in this country. The beauty in this case is black; the wasting is done by a cultural engine that seems to have been designed specifically to murder possibilities; the ‘bluest eye’ refers to the blue eyes of the blond American myth, by which standard the black-skinned and brown-eyed always measure up as inadequate. Miss Morrison’s prose is so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry.”