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.
"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)
Love Toni Morrison, especially her narration. Now when I read her other equally wonderful books I literally hear her voice!
There are several others I'd consider
Not sure because I didn't finish it
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.
I feel so let down. Toni Morrison is a master, and, yet, this is not her finest hour by a long shot. Now that I think about it, I'm really kind of upset that I invested all of the time that I did with the book. Anyone who reads Morrison's work knows that you have to catch almost every word written in order to have that aha moment when she gets to the denouement. I hung on to every syllable. So very disappointed!
I could not get into the story because of the reader
Not read it
disappointment I could not follow the story
Please do no have writers be readers
This is the best book I have read so far. It is a very close tie to Beloved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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