• "Not only a story but an awe-inspiring poem that confronts beauty itself."

  • "So charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry"

    New York Times
  • "I imagine if our greatest American novelist, William Faulkner, were alive today he would herald Toni Morrison's emergence as a kindred spirit... Discovering a writer like Toni Morrison is the rarest of pleasures"

    Washington Post
  • "The Bluest Eye is a fine book, a lament for all starved and stunted children everywhere"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Morrison's style rivets the reader...her synaesthetic, often rhythmic, even chanting prose recalls both Faulkner and Emily Dickinson"

    The Times Literary Supplement