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May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida–even L: all women obsessed with Bill Cosey. The wealthy owner of the famous Cosey’s Hotel and Resort, he shapes their yearnings for father, husband, lover, guardian, and friend, yearnings that dominate the lives of these women long after his death. Yet while he is either the void in, or the center of, their stories, he himself is driven b...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2002)
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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
Tifnie
?? 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...more
Jalena
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
Kelly
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
Dominic
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...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...more
Anne
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
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...more
Jen
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...more
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
Christy
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
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...more
Hella
A women's story combined by their relationship with one man: Bill Cosey. Heed, Christine, May, L, Junior, all combined by him, pictured as the book goes on: grandfather, father-in-law, husband, lover, ghost. Heed and Christine are early days friends, a broken friendship when Bill, Christine's grandfather, decide to get married with the 11 years old Heed. On one hand Heed, the child wife spanked for a lack of moderation, on the other hand May and Christine that consider theirself the hotel's and...more
علی
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 for, put them in right places with right behaviors... I won't compare this with The Bluest Eye, but I would say this is also Morrison's… people are alive, when it comes to partnership, sorrows, happiness...
Jeannie-marie
She's a powerful writer. I love how she weaves these dysfuntional stories into one that has the simpliste clarifying themes. great story of how we hurt the ones we love the most.
RK Byers
i loved LOVE. i think it was underrated.
David Pimenta
Há muito que as palavras de Toni Morrison, vencedora do Prémio Nobel de Literatura em 93, me deixam com uma sensação de confusão. Por me oferecerem uma sensação de magnificência, de ódio, de confusão e de alívio com o que estou a ler. Esta escritora é tão talentosa ao ponto de colocar estas três diferentes sensações numa única frase e por dar uma beleza fora do vulgar a tudo o que escreve. Normalmente não sou admirador dos livros dos vencedores do Prémio Nobel (e nessa lista está incluído o port...more
Michael Bacon
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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
Destini
Dec 02, 2008 Destini added it  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people who want to hear a love story
This book has a very interesting start. It starts off talking or a tale of the Oceanside community of up beach, a resort that was popular before. She talks about a family and a girl who asks the husband of a jealous wife where a house was. The wife was not very pleased about knowing that her husband was talking to this lady because she did not look or seem to be a very nice or good girl if she was looking for a job at Cosey's Place. Where every woman competed for the attention of a man and they...more
Lanew-yorkaise
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His soft eyes stare out invitingly from the portrait above the bed, but his lips aren’t talking. Bill Cosey has been dead for 25 years. And women in the small town of Silk are still scratching at each other over him.

Toni Morrison paints a disturbing, delicate, and erotic portrait of female friendship in Love, her eighth novel. She shows how this emotion, and the need for it, can lead to the deepest forms of hatred. In the words of the author: “Love is the weather....more
Kathrin
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Maarit
Rakkaus (2004) kertoo joukosta naisia, joita kaikkia yhdistää yksi mies - Bill Coysey, naistenmies, hotellin omistaja ja parantumaton keikari. Heed, hänen hyvin nuorena naitu morsiamensa ja Christine, Coyseyn lapsenlapsi, asuvat saman katon alla ja kyräilevät toisiaan menneisyydessä tapahtuneiden asioiden vuoksi. Kummatkin haluavat tuhota toisensa ja kun kuvioihin saapuu Junior, seitsemäntoistavuotias koulukodin kasvatti, näkee Heed viimein mahdollisuutensa ottaa haltuunsa edesmenneen miehensä C...more
Orishaz
Looking back over my notes after I finished reading this book I absolutely loved it. My favorite quotes from the book:

Pg. 83 - "She once fought a better class of car than this because of an odor. Tried to kill it and everything it stood for, but mostly trying to kill the White Shoulders stinging her sinuses and clotting her tongue. The owner, Dr. Rio, never saw the damage because his new girlfriend had the car towed away before the sights of it could break his heart...Killing a Cadillac was neve...more
Deb
Men and women experience love and obsess about love in many, many different ways. Toni Morrison explores the multifaceted nature of love in this short but deftly written novel. The central figure is Bill Cosey, and yet he is already dead and gone when the story begins. Bill, a good bad man or a bad good man, is the object of desire, love, obsession for all the female characters. His actions for good and for bad determine the course of their lives. But he is revealed as a less than perfect idol,...more
Lauryn
Love and friendship are the focus of Toni Morrison’s 2003 novel, Love. With less attention paid to race relations and more on the relationship between men and women, and the impact that can have on the relationships between women, Morrison manages to explore one of her favorite subjects in great depth without completely abandoning the themes and style that helped to make her famous.

Heed and Christine were best friends as young children but by the time they reached their old age, they have been t...more
Janelle
Wow this book really confused me. However it was not a bad story at all in fact I enjoyed it. I expected the irony of the whole story. What is so intriguing about this book is that you don't really figure out the whole story until you reach the end of the book. Therefore in the beginning of the book you are presented with the facts and characters. However as you journey through the book's plot you learn why each character is so memorable and you begin to distinguish one character from the other...more
Roger DeBlanck
With the publication of Love in 2003, her first novel in six years, Toni Morrison’s remarkable literary career stretched into its fourth decade. During that time she has won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize in 1988, and the crowning achievement of the Nobel Prize in 1993. At 201 pages Love is one of Morrison’s more slender novels, but it lacks none of the virtuosity that can be expected in all her works. Love explores secrets and crimes of the heart through an a...more
Patrick
The shifting perspective of the narrator is the most impressive part of the novel, as an added bonus, one of the narrator's is dead. The plot revolves around one character in the story, Bill Cosey. Of course, this is the only character who is not allowed to tell his story. Rather the reader receives the perspective of what Bill Cosey was to many different people. The reader is informed of the arc of his entire life by the perspectives of the people that were around him. The family rivalries and...more
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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!” 67 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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