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3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,704 Ratings  ·  409 Reviews
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, 202 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published 2002)
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Jason Koivu
Mar 10, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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Tracy Darity
Feb 17, 2010 Tracy Darity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Lyn Elliott
I've been thinking about what to write for a month since I finished reading Love, waiting to be clear about what I want to say.
That moment may never come, so now I'm launching in and will come back to add more later.
It wasn't until the end of the book that I began to understand the title in all its complexity.
It feels as though Morrison is exploring ways in which love may be warped, corrupted, twisted; here ending mostly in hurt and hatred. The only exception to this is the tiny family unit of g
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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
Arwen56
Non sono in grado di esprimere un giudizio chiaro su questo romanzo, per diversi motivi, ma soprattutto perché, quando sono arrivata all’ultima pagina, mi sono rimasti troppi interrogativi irrisolti sui personaggi, troppi dubbi sui loro rapporti e sui loro legami.

Tanto per citarne qualcuno: Chi è L? Chi è Celestial? Sono la stessa persona? Sono vive o sono morte? E chi è Junior? La figlia di Celestial? E come fa a conoscere Will Cosey se lui è morto prima ancora che lei nascesse? E Christine dic
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Dominic
Jan 30, 2011 Dominic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jalena
Jun 28, 2010 Jalena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tifnie
Apr 11, 2010 Tifnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
?? 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
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Carl R.
May 08, 2012 Carl R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Romina Scianatico
Mar 08, 2016 Romina Scianatico rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I was inspired to start reading this book after I finished "The Color Purple" by Alice Walker. I've had this sitting on my book shelf for years but it never grabbed me every time I tried to read it. But, I finally did and it was quite an interesting tale. Not my favorite but how the book showed three different generations of women experiencing love was very intriguing.
Anne
Jan 14, 2009 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
علی
Jul 29, 2014 علی rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
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Loredana Adriana
Deloc bombastică proza lui Morrison, dar absolut fascinantă prin modestia și subtilitatea sa. O poveste interesantă, care reușește să mențină viu interesul cititorului până la capăt, și o puzderie de personaje complexe, care se „dezbracă” de secrete pe măsură ce romanul se îndreaptă spre final. Ca un păpușar de marcă, la sfârșitul cărții, Morrison leagă majoritatea firelor narative cu un nod frumos marinăresc, lăsând și câteva idei dezlânate, la mila cititorului, pentru ca acesta să le găsească ...more
She Writes
Jul 27, 2014 She Writes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mary
Sep 29, 2015 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Bhavya Viswarajan
Dec 24, 2015 Bhavya Viswarajan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Vladimir Nabokov says books should be read with the spine. Not with the heart, not with the brain, but the spine, for it is there that “occurs the telltale tingle “.Toni Morrison’s ‘Love’ - I felt the tingle in my spine, I felt the throb in my heart, and I felt the cogs of my brain set to work.

Stretch out your hands. Grab the palms of Toni Morrison. She takes you to Silk, to the ‘Cosey Hotel’. The scent of cinnamons. Something citrus. You’ve been here before. But the company is definitely more
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Shanice
Apr 10, 2015 Shanice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Jen
Jun 28, 2007 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mary Jo Malo
Feb 12, 2015 Mary Jo Malo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christy
Nov 19, 2008 Christy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Megan Foicht
Mar 09, 2015 Megan Foicht rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The audio version is read by Ms. Morrison herself and it is glorious. Beautiful, well crafted story, brilliant characters, completely engrossing poetic prose.
Manda
Jul 14, 2015 Manda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
This book started as mysterious and unreal as a dream, and slowly, so slowly, coalesced into a tale of sweet sadness. An author to remember.
Rosemary
Mar 12, 2015 Rosemary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marcos
Oct 09, 2015 Marcos rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Toni Morrison, and most of her work. I read this back in 2004-2005 when it had been a bestseller, and found it confounding and disjointed then. I was left scratching my head because the book seemed to be a series of ideas and proclamations that were strung together into a thinly veiled plot.

Reading it 10 years later for inspiration was definitely not one.

Instead, though I felt I understood the plot better- (it barely has one), the book remains a scattered, unpolished series of ideas on
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Ebony
Jul 21, 2015 Ebony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toni Morrison books should be read twice. I confess to immense impatience every time I read a novel yearning to find out how it ends only to realize that in my rush, I’ve missed a plethora of details that make the ending make sense. Upon arrival at the conclusion of Love, I was also convinced that I hadn’t learned anything and the book was a disappointment until I started to journal and then the ideas poured out of me like the tears of a heartbreak. Reading a Morrison novel is never about the pl ...more
Aung Kaung
Apr 14, 2014 Aung Kaung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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!” 80 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.” 15 likes
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