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Love | [Toni Morrison]

Love

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida, even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey 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 both the void in, and the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces: a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial.
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Publisher's Summary

May, Christine, Heed, Junior, Vida, even L: all women obsessed by Bill Cosey. More than the wealthy owner of the famous Cosey 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 both the void in, and the center of, their stories, he himself is driven by secret forces: a troubled past and a spellbinding woman named Celestial.

This audacious vision of the nature of love, its appetite, its sublime possession, its dread, is rich in characters and striking scenes, and in its profound understanding of how alive the past can be.

Love is a major addition to the canon of one of the world's literary masters.

©2005 Toni Morrison; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A dense, dark star of a novel...with Morrison writing at the top of her game." (Newsweek)
"Haunting. In lyrical flashbacks, Morrison slowly, teasingly reveals the glories and horrors of the past. Morrison has crafted a gorgeous, stately novel." (Publisher's Weekly)

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    Steve coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-10
    Steve coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-22-10
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    "Wonderful"

    Love Toni Morrison, especially her narration. Now when I read her other equally wonderful books I literally hear her voice!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-30-12
    KayeTidwell SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 01-30-12

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    Would you try another book from Toni Morrison and/or Toni Morrison?

    Yes


    Would you ever listen to anything by Toni Morrison again?

    Probably


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Toni Morrison?

    There are several others I'd consider


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not sure because I didn't finish it


    Any additional comments?

    Toni should probably stick to writing because I thought her narration was poorly done. I have over 60 books and she didn't bring the characters to life. I just could not get into the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria 11-10-14
    Maria 11-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Toni Morrison is a great writer but a lousy reader"
    What would have made Love better?

    I could not get into the story because of the reader


    What could Toni Morrison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not read it


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Toni Morrison?

    Anyone


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment I could not follow the story


    Any additional comments?

    Please do no have writers be readers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    saltontheshelf 10-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I have read so far. It is a very close tie to Beloved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Morrison's ability to steadily build a concept, both from the beginning of a story to the end, as well as from the end back to earlier places in the story is excellent. It has taken me a few tries to become accustomed to her writing style. It is definitely a labor of love. But this book as well as the others of hers that I have read, manage to hold my interest.


    What does Toni Morrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The author's extremely fluid use of language make it, in my opinion, virtually impossible for anyone else to accurately narrate her writing. Often the true meaning of a phrase lies in the inflection with which it is read. And since the ability to express inflection in what the narrator reads aloud is so very limited, the only way to know Toni Morrison's true intention in saying one thing or another is to hear her read it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There were a few light chuckles, but no tears. I was however extremely excited to get back in the car to hear another 45 minutes of the juicy story on my way to or from work every day.


    Any additional comments?

    It will probably take me a 3rd or 4th read through this book to fully understand all the symbolism and subtlety. However, it is very much worth the effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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