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Love by Toni Morrison
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Jan 25, 2012

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With the publication of Love in 2003, Toni Morrison’s remarkable literary career stretched into its fourth decade. During that time she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the crowning achievement of the Nobel Prize. At just over 200 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 array of morally-challenged and wounded characters. This set-up allows Morrison to work her amazing knack of bringing people to the edge of madness before turning them towards forgiveness, healing, and solace. Morrison shows how when loves devolves into hate, it must be turned over to reveal underneath the love that still remains. The idea of letting love heal and not destroy comes through with painful clarity as Morrison misses nothing with her superb attention to detail, and her inimitable style gives the story a masterful touch of her unyielding artistry.
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