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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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

Featured Article: Toni Morrison Quotes on Life, Love, Freedom, and Hardships


The first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Toni Morrison, who passed away on August 5, 2019, left behind a legacy of wisdom in her novels and essays. Her work explores topics like human nature, happiness, love, and enduring hardships, but also delves into the subject of freedom and what that has meant for African Americans. These quotes will get you through tough times, inspire you to look at yourself, and much more.

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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!

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Ms Morrison never disappoints!

I am biased. I love everything Toni Morrison has written. And this was a great story.

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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.

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her voice is like velvet or an old wise friend.

Toni's writings is smart and intelligence even though she rights about a time gone by.
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Toni Morrison is the consummate storyteller!

The story was a little difficult to follow at first. However each chapter became revealed another intriguing layer of the story and its complicated characters and their secrets/truths.

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EXQUISITE.

I love good literature, I put Morrison up there with Shakespeare, Rodney Hall, or Steinbeck (and many others of course) She lays down words like music, and to hear her read her own work is indescribably beautiful. This in itself is a worry because after listening to her narration I wonder how I can listen to any other narrator and not long for the sound of her voice. The melody as she weaves characters you grow to love despite their faults. I can't wait to read another book narrated by her but I'm afraid I could become addicted and one must do day to day work. I sat up half the night with this book because I could not bear to turn it off. Bravo Toni, you get a standing ovation, and thank you so much for the experience.

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First Book I Didn't Finish

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.

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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

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Toni Morrison never disappoints

Mysterious and beautifully written. The story, told from several vantage points glides effortlessly between past and present.

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in the name of Love

love the book. after I learn all the characters it was an excellent storyline. can't wait to read another one of Tony's books.