Love

Love

by Toni Morrison
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Overview

Love by Toni Morrison

Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison’s spellbinding new novel is a Faulknerian symphony of passion and hatred, power and perversity, color and class that spans three generations of black women in a fading beach town.

In life, Bill Cosey enjoyed the affections of many women, who would do almost anything to gain his favor. In death his hold on them may be even stronger. Wife, daughter, granddaughter, employee, mistress: As Morrison’s protagonists stake their furious claim on Cosey’s memory and estate, using everything from intrigue to outright violence, she creates a work that is shrewd, funny, erotic, and heartwrenching.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400041855
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 295,838
File size: 405 KB

About the Author

Toni Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. She is Robert E. Goheen Professor, Council of the Humanities, Emeritus at Princeton University. She is the author of  eleven novels: The Bluest Eye; Sula; Song of Solomon, which won the 1978 National Book Critics Award for fiction; Tar Baby; Beloved, which won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for fiction; Jazz; Paradise; Love; A Mercy; Home; and God Help the Child.  In 1993 she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. New Jersey.

Hometown:

Princeton, New Jersey, and Manhattan

Date of Birth:

February 18, 1931

Place of Birth:

Lorain, Ohio

Education:

Howard University, B.A. in English, 1953; Cornell, M.A., 1955

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have found a new love in the literature of Toni Morrison. In former years I would have described her work as confusing and full of itself. Still often times I find myself going back a couple of pages to repeat another paragraph. Yet, that is the beauty of her work- it causes you to think and form images. So many writers of today simply give it to you straight up, we've gotten lazy as readers. Morrison's works are more like poetry- they are not meant to be read in the line at the supermarket (unless you got it like that). I found this book to be one of the most interesting books of her career, only second to Sula. Love reeks of irony. The irony begins with the title. The characters in the book all belong to the same family but, they are full of hate. Well...not really. In fact they are full of love. That becomes apparent at the end of the novel when Heed and Christine find themselves 'too close for comfort'. In addition, every character in the book is full admiration for the dead Cosey. That is the root of the hate among these women- their obsession with him. I also cherish the tone of the novel. The author describes the present and makes it seem like the past, and the further you get into the story it really begins to unfold. All time merges together eventually and the characters become people. And as always no one can create characters like Morrison. Some of the most interesting people I've had the pleasure of meeting! Pick up this book today and free your mind. Turn off the television, and put down the phone. Get under the covers and spend a little time with Toni Morrison. She'll take ya places you've never been before!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know many people who don't consider LOVE to be one of Toni Morrison's most accomplished novels. I am absolutely not among those persons. While, on its surface, LOVE may seem to be a simple, more straightforward story than the very symbolic BELOVED or the somewhat sketchy and metaphorical PARADISE, I think it's structure is highly sophisticated and could have only been written by one of the world's premier authors. In short, I think LOVE is absolutely perfect in every respect. LOVE is filled with perhaps the quirkiest cast of characters ever to be found in a Toni Morrison work. The book centers around Bill Cosey, the owner of a run down seaside hotel who has been dead for twenty-five years when the novel opens in the 1990s. Although Cosey is the centerpiece of LOVE, it the women in his life and the exertion of his influence over them, as well as their own complex relationships that form the core of LOVE, for Cosey was, by all accounts, charismatic and charming, quirky and beguiling...in short, no ordinary man, and his influence continues to be felt long after his physical presence has departed. There is Cosey's former cook, 'L,' whose narration frames the story contained in LOVE. There is his lover, the mysterious Celestial, his daughter-in-law, May, and, in particular, there is his granddaughter, Christine and his second wife, the arthritic, Heed. Although May, Christine and Heed, now all quite aged, live together in Cosey's decaying mansion, it is the relationship between Christine and Heed that drives the book's narrative because it is Christine and Heed who have the most in common, who are bound together by more than their love and hate for Cosey. It is Christine and Heed who, in childhood, were the fastest of friends and it is Cosey who destroyed that friendship and drove a wedge between the girls. The relationship between Christine and Heed is fascinating as we watch its dynamics and balance of power change...and then change again. Just because women take center stage in LOVE, this is not to say that men are absent from the book. They aren't. Conspicuously present are Sandler, an employee of Cosey's and Romen, a local boy who forms a none-too-healthy bond with Junior, a most unlikely girl. And, most present of all, is Cosey, himself...in one form or another. While relationships form the core of LOVE, there is an interesting subplot concerning Cosey's will, which was drunkenly scrawled on a menu. The will is ambiguous...open to individual interpretation...and the women in Cosey's life do interpret it quite differently, indeed. It is the dispute over the will that drives the physical plot of LOVE. As the 'house that Cosey built' crumbles like a house of cards, Heed's, Christine's and May's vulnerabilities are exposed, as are the long dead Cosey's. The women still have time to reshape their shattered lives, to share their communal pain and untangle the puzzle imposed on them by Cosey, but will they? You'll have to read the book to find out; any hint of the resolution here would be destructive. Like all of Toni Morrison's novels, LOVE is filled with holes and spaces...gaps and silences for the reader to fill in. Almost more than any other author, Morrison requires that her readers participate in the growth of the novel with her. I like this aspect of this brilliant writer and commend her for it. Also present in the narrative are 'trademark' Morrison time shifts, flashbacks, and changing points of view. Some readers may be confused by LOVE'S sophisticated structure, but I found myself enthralled. LOVE is certainly not a romance, but it is a book about love, or, more precisely, about the destructive power of love and about the psychic injuries and scars that we accrue when love is absent from our lives. LOVE is rich and dense and deep and sensual. It's a lyrical, poetic work that you'll want to read once for the story and then again, simply for the language. I think it's Toni Morrison's masterpiece...
MELKI More than 1 year ago
No wonder Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize winner and a very readable one. Love is a great book: the story, the characters, the way it is told. At times, shocking but quite enjoyable nonetheless. This one is for my permanent library. Wonderful, surprising reading.
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A great read
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anlinton More than 1 year ago
Morrison is back! Great story and very typical Morrison. Loved the twists and turns and thought the story was touching, loving, and scary. Such a simple story with such a rich back drop. Everything was relevant, even the most minute of details. Bravo, Morrison!
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