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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  6,062 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Deux femmes continuent à être obsédées par le même homme, vingt-cinq ans après sa mort. Christine et Heed, âgées et liées par la jalousie et la douleur de toute une vie, se considèrent toujours comme les femmes de Cosey lorsque Junior, avec ses minijupes et ses grandes bottes, fait irruption dans leur vie.
Published 2004 by Bourgois (first published 2002)
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Jason Koivu
Women clawing at and after the same man is a horrific thing to see, but hella fun to read!

Maybe "fun" isn't the perfect word to describe Toni Morrison's Love.* This is Faulknerian, not only in its language and flow, but its molasses-thick-and-dark emotional resonance. Love is like seeing a feminine take on Absalom! Absalom!: a beautifully shadowy Southern power; a corrupting energy that devours good souls.

An aloof man of substantial means in a Floridian coastal town of decades past is the sun ar
Tracy Darity
"Love" was typical Toni Morrison. It starts out requiring 110% of your intellectual being, otherwise, you are lost from the gate. And that is what happened to me. This book was very confusing and hard to get into. The character depictions, the indepth descriptions of a oceanside town, the timelines, spirits from the sea claiming lives,etc was just too much to concentrate on. I often found myself going back and rereading passages to figure out relationhips amongst the characters. It wasn't until ...more
There are so many quotes in this book that I want to write down and remember forever. Beautifully written, amazingly crafted story of the complexity of love, human relationships, family, betrayal, innocence, and friendship. It raises fascinating questions about what love really means and whether most are capable of giving it for reasons other than selfish gain, or to meet a personal need. Every character's story is told from various perspectives, not always in order. while this makes the book a ...more
The worlds of Toni Morrison are rarely beautiful places. They are landscapes covered with scars and suffering, bruises and bitterness. Yet the way she writes these places into life and imagination leaves me exhilarated every time. And when I put one of her books down for the first time, it calls me back into in immediately. I can't wait to re-read Love. And like all Morrison novels, it actually requires re-reading.

In the lively spirit of William Faulkner, Morrison entangles readers in a web of c
?? I'm not too sure I know what I read. This book is about 200 pages and what I thought I could finish in a couple of days, if not one, ended up taking the better part of 3 to 4 weeks.

Love, if I understand correctly, is about a perverted wealthy old man who ends up marrying an 11 year old girl and eventually has this child take on the business of a running a resort. Much to the dismay of his actual blood family. Thankfully, the author didn't go into detail regarding the relationship between the
Nadine Larter
Holy hell. I did not enjoy this book. This book is not entertainment. At all. It is a gut wrenching piece of pure raw honesty about how life is. My insides are sour. I can feel the blood in my veins. My heart is pounding. Be warned that it is full of triggers. It might be best to keep that in mind for those who are sensitive to them. Shit. I can't even get my words out. Nothing made sense. And then it all made sense. And now I feel sick. I didn't enjoy reading this book. It wasn't like my favour ...more
I admit it, I was taken aback by Morrison's Love. Not being a big fan of hers, I usually steer clear of her books. Too much violence, too much anger, and to be honest, that shack scene from Beloved still kinda haunts me. But what what I do love is, well, love and I found it here in all it's variations, scars showing proud. Disarming and warm, Morrison welcomes you in from the very beginning making no promises of happy endings and it's that very honesty that makes you want to climb up on her lap ...more
Carl Brush
I guess I see a little what all the complaining is about. Love received such tepid reviews I was almost afraid to read for fear it would bring Toni Morrison down from her (all right, my) pedestal. I shouldn’t have worried. This is not Morrison at full power. It’s neither Song of Solomon nor Beloved, but eighty or ninety per cent of Tony Morrison is worth a hundred and twenty per cent of almost anyone else.
All over the world, traitors help progress. It’s like being exposed to tuberculosis. Afte
She Writes
While Love is a powerful story, it's non-linear style makes it confusing at times. I found myself about three quarters of the way through the novel before I could be sure of how the characters were related to one another. The narrator is constantly changing and there are numerous moments that the reader will be left unsure of what exactly is happening. By the final pages, Love's mysteries are solved and the reader cannot help but to ache for the fictional characters whose destinies with fate and ...more
Josh Ang
Toni Morrison's "Love" seems like a misnomer when considered against the ghastly concerns of the slim novel. There is the oppressive presence of the absent Bill Cosey, a man who creates havoc among a horde of women who occupy the centre of the story. The mysterious L frames the narrative and her omniscience provides a commentary on the feud between Christine and Heed (short for 'Heed the Night'). Christine's mother, May, is also a force to be contended with, as she joins in (and instigates) the ...more
Titilayo Ogunmakinwa
This review is being written after my first read...I am a Toni Morrison Fan that rereads her books at least twice. I don't find her writing perplex but so full of many different enoyable layers that in order to fully get the true genius you must read time and time again to get the many gifts outside of the story presented.

Love touched on and spoke to so many realities that were prevalent in society during the time period captured and how these "realities" move through communities, families, gene
This idea is intriguing--a story about obsessive love, with a man who is no longer alive at the center. It is probably my literal minded-ness, but the fact that the magnetic object Bill Cosey, is only one letter away from Bill CosBy, and has a strangle plainness and lack of polysemy (cozy? costly? costly bill?) that many other characters' names do not follow, exacerbating the effect, all of which rather marred my ability to immerse in the book. I kept picturing the absent figure sitting at a tab ...more
Never mind if this is the best or the worst by Toni Morrison. What is important is how an author make a plot, create fit characters, put them in right places with right behaviors... I won't compare this with The Bluest Eye, her people are more alive, when it comes to partnership, sorrows, happiness...

معمولن خوانندگان خانم آنتونی موریسون در هر شش رمان او که بین سال های 1970 تا 1992 منتشر شده، بدنبال زندگی نامه ی نویسنده می گردند. این رمان ها اما روایت مشاهدات خانم موریسون از زندگی مصیبت بار و سخت
This was my second Toni Morrison novel. My first was Sula in high school, and I vaguely remember enjoying it, especially when our English teacher, Mrs. Pasternak, would talk about it in class which greatly helped my understanding of it.

So four years later, I tackled another Toni Morrison, and I really fell in love, to say the least. While Love isn't one of her best or my favorite, she executes it with such eloquence and elegance in construction of characters and plot and theme.

Although the novel
Mary Jo Malo
Toni Morrison always juxtaposes beauty with ugliness, makes us look at things we'd rather not see. She's like the Lupe Fiasco of literary fiction: passionate, demanding, unflinching, lyrical. In her inimitable flair for tragic secrets, she peels back layer after layer of friendship and love betrayed until you're left holding only your breath and fighting hard to release it.
Read for a group read.
Not my usual genre.
Past and present are interwoven into the narrative.
I found it a bit confusing at times to follow who was narrating and found the ending a bit unbelievable.
It did leave me yearning for a classic!
Liz Zubritsky
The craftmanship of this book is almost beyond compare. The characters are exquisitely drawn, and we go deep into their souls. Too bad so many of their souls are such unpleasant places. This book tackles the subject of love, putting most of the emphasis on how it can be twisted into something disturbing. Very disturbing. Yet those scenes are portrayed with such skill, such eloquence, that they are almost lyrical. I was moved to tears, but I'd have a hard time going back to this book. It's not a ...more
Um, possibly I don't "get" the Toni Morrison thing. This is the first TM book I've read, and perhaps they're all this way - and by "this way," I mean vague, garbled, hard to follow, with dozens of not-at-all developed characters, a couple of half-developed characters, and a plotline that jumps from present to past and back again without any regard for whether the reader can keep up. I think I managed to get a little bit of the story - there was some rape, some pedophilia, perhaps some incest . . ...more
Chantel DaCosta
Toni Morrison takes you on an exploration of passion -- dark and all consuming -- the complexity of love, on -- the complexity of love, friendship and all the characters are seeking love.

Once again she tells a heartbreaking tale of innocence corrupted.

The narrators, the primary voices of the nonlinear narrative are L, Heed the Night, Christine and Junior. Across three generations the Cosey women or Bill Cosey's women fight each other to gain in favour. Even in death is power to cloud their vis
Megan Foicht
The audio version is read by Ms. Morrison herself and it is glorious. Beautiful, well crafted story, brilliant characters, completely engrossing poetic prose.
My favourite Toni Morrison so far. Enjoyed the feeling of a community changing from nowhere to prosperous and back, and the relationships between the women.
I've been a fan of Toni Morrison for a while so I don't know why I expected a typical story of women fighting for the love and property of a man but I did and, of course, that is not what I got. What I got was a study in how the pain of childhood trauma follows us into adulthood and into the relationships we develop there. I also got a study in rape culture and how it divides families, friends, communities, and movements. Love also explores the class and ideological tensions within the Black com ...more
Aung Kaung
I had to read the first 50 pages of the book twice because I lost in the middle confusing the characters and the plot. But there's not really a clear plot, which is one thing I like about reading Toni Morrison's novels. Nothing is explained to you at first. The reader has to learn the story through the interaction of the characters and their relationships.

The title of the book itself is almost a misnomer. I love her explanation in the forewords of the book. Love is a silver lining of the hatred
La Tonya  Jordan
Jan 01, 2015 La Tonya Jordan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to La Tonya by: Circle of Friends Book Club
Shelves: favorites
“Nowadays silence is looked on as odd and most of my race has forgotten the beauty of meaning much by saying little.” This is the tenth sentence of this fantastic novel. Where the past catches up with the present and the future passes you by. The characters of Heed and Christine are intertwine for life. First as childhood friends sharing little girl wishes and dreams and then in death, Heed, sharing all the regrets of a lifetime.

Cosby a wealthy black entrepreneur of the 1930’s, 1940’s, 1950’s m
Sex, jealousy, nostalgia, murder, class struggles... more stream-of-consciousness than plot driven, the story reads like a bittersweet poem. The reader must piece together the settings presented by the different narrators, women who share their memories and impressions. The women are united by a common memory of more prosperous years, when the Cosey Hotel, run by Bill Cosey, was thriving at Up Beach. With the death of Bill came the death of that era, its prosperity and its love. Now the women, o ...more
*This review contains spoilers*

I read this book in Graduate School and recall telling someone that it was one of the most beautiful stories that I'd ever read. I think I was in a phase where I wanted to appear 'deep' enough to understand Morrison's work, because with the exception of the writing this story held no beauty during the second read. This is the story of a man who rips away the innocence of the young women in his life and rather than see him for the selfish pedophile that he is-they s
10 pages from the end of "Love" I realized Heed and Christine were the female versions of Guitar and Milkman Dead from "Song of Solomon" a quarter of a century earlier, in yet another Morrison novel that lulls you into a false sense of security with a steady pace and then smacks you a lot harder than you were expecting to get hit right as the narrative closes.

Eight Toni Morrison novels and four of them at five stars, which is high praise indeed from someone who gives a 3.0 average rating. This i
I finished this book a couple days ago and it's been bothering me. It got under my skin, somehow, and I can't help wonder why I only gave it 2 stars. The characters are so deep, raw, rich...I found myself disgusted a lot of the time. Mr. Cozey, nasty/sexy Mr. Cozey. I'm glad I stuck with the book although at times I really wanted to stop reading. It was so good to have some answers about the man and the best friends. Although I wouldn't recommend anyone else read this book, I'm glad that I did. ...more
3.5 stars

I understand why some information was held back at first because the revelations and moments of discovery were more powerful that way, but the first half of the book was really difficult to follow. I wish I had known what I learned later when I was reading those fist few chapters.

Also, wtf is with these characters??

That being said, the book is extremely thought provoking. It presents a strong message about the ways that women enable men to run the world and everyone in it and the ways t
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Toni Morrison (born Chloe Anthony Wofford), is an American author, editor, and professor who won the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature for being an author "who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."

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“Young people, Lord. Do they still call it infatuation? That magic ax that chops away the world in one blow, leaving only the couple standing there trembling? Whatever they call it, it leaps over anything, takes the biggest chair, the largest slice, rules the ground wherever it walks, from a mansion to a swamp, and its selfishness is its beauty. Before I was reduced to singsong, I saw all kinds of mating. Most are two-night stands trying to last a season. Some, the riptide ones, claim exclusive right to the real name, even though everybody drowns in its wake. People with no imagination feed it with sex—the clown of love. They don’t know the real kinds, the better kinds, where losses are cut and everybody benefits. It takes a certain intelligence to love like that—softly, without props. But the world is such a showpiece, maybe that’s why folks try to outdo it, put everything they feel onstage just to prove they can think up things too: handsome scary things like fights to the death, adultery, setting sheets afire. They fail, of course. The world outdoes them every time. While they are busy showing off, digging other people’s graves, hanging themselves on a cross, running wild in the streets, cherries are quietly turning from greed to red, oysters are suffering pearls, and children are catching rain in their mouths expecting the drops to be cold but they’re not; they are warm and smell like pineapple before they get heavier and heavier, so heavy and fast they can’t be caught one at a time. Poor swimmers head for shore while strong ones wait for lightning’s silver veins. Bottle-green clouds sweep in, pushing the rain inland where palm trees pretend to be shocked by the wind. Women scatter shielding their hair and men bend low holding the women’s shoulders against their chests. I run too, finally. I say finally because I do like a good storm. I would be one of those people in the weather channel leaning into the wind while lawmen shout in megaphones: ‘Get moving!” 72 likes
“Do they still call it infatuation? That magic ax that chops away the world in one blow, leaving only the couple standing there trembling? Whatever they call it, it leaps over anything, takes the biggest chair, the largest slice, rules the ground wherever it walks, from a mansion to a swamp, and its selfishness is its beauty.... People with no imagination feed it with sex -- the clown of love. They don't know the real kinds, the better kinds, where losses are cut and everybody benefits. It takes a certain intelligence to love like that -- softly, without props.” 14 likes
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