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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
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Dolors
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dolors by: My thirst to know
Shelves: read-in-2017
Morrison directs a cacophony of voices, hazy facts and anachronistic timelines that converge into the ever-changing, multi-faceted meaning of “love”.
At the center of the story, the ghostly figure of Bill Cosey, the iconic owner of a prestigious hotel located in the East Coast in the forties; and orbiting around his powerful absence, the shifting testimonies of different women who played an important role in his life… and death.

Can a man grieving for the loss of his wife and son find solace in y
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Rowena
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.”– Toni Morrison, Love

It’s almost September and I’ve managed to keep my Morrison-a-month reading streak alive. Eight Morrison’s later and she never fai
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Jason Koivu
Feb 27, 2015 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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Zanna
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe my mind was elsewhere (that’s generally the case these days) but this felt smudged like an old photograph, or an old movie cut up and rearranged out of sequence, until the last 50 pages, when everything started snapping into focus sharp enough to cut.

If this book is relatively obscure among TM’s work, I guess it’s the subject matter that some find hard to stomach; all these child brides and sociopaths and bodies frail, damaged, at risk, humiliating, only rarely a source of pleasure and del
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Orbi Alter
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ovo je fenomenalno i briljantno napisana knjiga... Tesko je povjerovati da na dvjestotinjak stranica mozes dozivjeti ovakve kompleksne odnose i da nije neprimjereno, nazvala bih je obiteljskom sagom.
Jedan od onih klasika koji nije najjednostavniji za citanje u smislu da zahtjeva ozbiljnu koncentraciju zbog konstantnih vremenskih skokova i na trenutke otezanog nelineranog, razbijenog pripovijednja (premda ne kao sto to nalazim u Faulkneru - a vidim da se takve paralele uglavnom vuku). No, stil pi
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Tracy Darity
Feb 03, 2010 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
Erica
Dammit to hell, Toni Morrison.
Why do you do this?

I really need to read this author more than once every seven years because I always forget what a beating she doles out in her worn but lovely velvet gloves.

Here is a pictorial representation of what it's like to read a Toni Morrison novel, this one being no exception:

Going along, so lovely. There’s an undercurrent of discomfort but just pull your jacket tighter and you’ll be fine. It’s worth it for the view.
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Only then there’s a crack, a loud snap
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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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عبد الله
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
رواية غريبة الاطوار . من النوع الذي يثير السأم والصداع النصفي. أحداث سخيفة . ما همي وما الفائدة من معرفة تفاصيل تافهة حول حياة أربع نساء تافهات بطريقة كتابة أكثر غرابة وأكثر استفزازا للقارئ . لا أعترف بكاتب صغير ولا كبير إلا بعد ان أقرأ له بنفسي. لا يهمني إن نالت استحسان الكل وبخمس نجمات ، أنا أعطيتها نجمة واحدة بعد تردد وتفكير. هذه الرواية جعلتني أفرح وانا انهيها . قرأت لفرجينيا وولف وقرأت لجيمس جويس ولكنني استمتعت رغم أسلوبهما المبتكر والصعب أحيانا ولكن هناك أدب واحداث وشخصيات تتطور . المترجم ...more
Saleh MoonWalker
The language is amazing, convoluted with hints and glimpses of truths and metaphors that need to be re-read in order to be absorbed. Some passages simply jump at you, and sometimes it takes a while to recover. Morison also re-writes the old history of gender and race, once again, in her own creative and inspiring way. I couldn't put the book down.
Tifnie
Apr 11, 2010 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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Dominic
Aug 20, 2009 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 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
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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Carl R.
May 08, 2012 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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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
Eliana Rivero
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popsugar2017
PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017
5. Un libro escrito por una persona de color

Parecía como si cada mujer viviera en un círculo de luz, separadas, o unidas, por la oscuridad que mediaba entre ellas (p.34).

Amo a Toni Morrison. Siento que esta señora es una maestra narrando, contando y desentrañando historias de personajes tan humanos, tan frágiles pero tan decididos, que es una delicia leerla. Por mí, leería todo lo que ella haya escrito.

Amor (que también podría llamarse "Odio" o "De cómo dos mujeres
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Franko
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dosta frustrirajuć i težak roman. Prvi put se susrećem s romanom Toni Morrison i ono što me od starta pomalo odbilo od njega je nelinearno pripovjedanje, prebacivanje scena iz jednog vremenskog perioda u drugi (pa vraćanje na prvi), što me dosta podsjetilo na još jednu kvalitetnu, no iznimno tešku knjigu - Sound & Fury.

Smatram također da bi mi roman puno bolje sjeo da sam ga čitao u originalu, a ne prevedenog na hrvatski. Ne vidim smisao u prevođenju vlastitih imena, pogotovo Junior i Heed (
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Hannah (fullybookedreviews)
Toni Morrison has such an incredible, compelling writing style. This is my third book of hers, and I'm determined to make my way through her repertoire. She weaves mystery throughout her novels, revealing the crux only near the end, and sometimes, never at all. It would do a disservice to the women in this particular novel to say their lives revolved around the dead patriarch, Bill Cosey. While he did have a major influence on their lives, the book is more a tale of sisterhood and occasionally t ...more
Loredana M.
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
Lulu
Jan 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book pulled me in from the beginning. I'm in love with Toni Morrison and her prose....even if it takes three readings to understand. lol.

I'll admit I was pretty clueless while reading, trying to figure out who, what, when, and where, but when I let all of that go and just let the story unfold it was tragic beauty.

This is my favorite Toni Morrison novel....of the ones I've read.
Mohammed Yusuf
Nov 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لو كانت أول ما اقرأ لموريسون لاستمتعت أكثر بها ، و هكذا نحاكم الكاتب الى نفسه وابداعه او الى احساسنا به ، ارى نفسي اقرب لروايتها العين الاكثر زرقة وتشدني رحمة بينما تشبه هذه الرواية رواية جاز ، حيث انها مكثفة في التعابير و السرديات التي تتميز بها الكاتبة ، و لم يسهل المترجم الامر واظن ان ليس بيده شئ في هذا
Mary
May 17, 2015 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!
Margaret Carmel
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my fifth Morrison novel and I honestly don't understand why this book doesn't have more notoriety. I have so much to say, but I don't want to ruin the plot so I will attempt to be as vague as possible while still being helpful.

Love is the story of a group of women who are tied together by their relationship with the former owner of a fancy hotel that used to be a famous pre-desegregation vacation spot for black people in a fading beach town. At it's heart are Christine and Heed who live
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Esmé Van
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- "In unlit places without streetlamps or yelping neon, night is profound and often comes as ease. Relief from looking out for and away from. Thieves need the night in order to be furtive, but can't enjoy it. Mothers wait for it yet are braced all through their sleeping. The main ingredient offered by the night is escape from watching and watchers. Like stars free to make their own history and not care about another one; or like diamonds unburdened, released into handsome rock." Just one example ...more
Ali
Feb 15, 2007 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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Anne
Jan 04, 2009 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
Marcos
Oct 09, 2015 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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Anirban Nanda
This is a meticulously structured, very well-written book. I had to go back several times while reading in case I was missing something. I also had to make a map of relationships for myself because at first I was very confused (attaching it below, though ridiculously messy and incomplete). Though I have read modernist writing before by Woolf, Joyce, Faulkner etc, I learned a lot about modernist writing technique from this book.



Bill Cosey- central man- employer-hotel owner-mysteriously died
Heed-
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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!” 85 likes
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