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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,436 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Toni Morrison Narrator: Toni Morrison Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It's a dense, dark star of a novel, seemingly eccentric, secretly shapely, and with Morrison writing at the top of her game. David Gates, 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 is a profound novel. As a vivid painter of human emotions, Morrison is without peer, her impressions rendered in an exquisitely metaphoric but comfortably open style. Brad Hooper, Booklist (starred and boxed review)
  • A gorgeous deployment of enigmatic flashbacks, Love is an elegantly shaped epic of infatuation, enslavement, and liberation: a rich and heartening return to Nobel-worthy form. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Love seduces with Toni Morrison’s signature lush prose and colorfully complex, textured scenes of human longing, suffering, and loss. She long ago claimed a place at the apex of American letters; her latest outing adds another darkly sparkling layer to that literary luster. Elle (US)
  • There’s no escaping love in Toni Morrison’s novels: it’s a difficult, complicated, ferocious force that runs like a deep and turbulent river through all her fiction, sometimes transporting and sometimes destroying people. It’s no wonder her own characters cry out against it. Catherine Bush
  • To read [Paradise] is to be pulled into a passionate, contentious and sometimes violent world and to confront questions as old as human civilization itself. . . . It is a tale of Faulknerian complexity and power. Time
  • In each of her six novels she excavates the past, tunnelling through atrocities and griefs to reach back into an American history that has been long buried. The denied past becomes a ghost that haunts the present; old bones won’t stay safely underground. Toronto Star
  • In [Morrison’s] landscape, ghosts mingle with runaway slaves and wild men and women of the forest. Nothing and no one is ordinary, and perceptions shift as she reinvents the world. The Globe and Mail
  • In her novel Beloved. . .Ms. Morrison restores to the collective memory a particular strand of its emotive past, turning a story of former slaves into what amounts to a national epic. . . . She offers everyone — not just those injured — the chance to feel the pain, the injustice and the need for healing. The New York Times Book Review
  • The suppleness of her language verges on poetry. . . . The intensity of carnal love and the intensity of affection among strangers make for a kind of paradise. The Financial Post

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Erin | 2/4/2014

    " read for college senior thesis independent study "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Psalm | 2/3/2014

    " Not my fav of her's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tiah | 2/3/2014

    " Had to read this nice and slow with total focus. But sometimes the best things in life require a bit of work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andini Haryani | 2/1/2014

    " This book is a great introduction to Ms. Morrison's work. I thoroughly enjoyed the way she depicted her characters in this book and how she played with the plot. "Love" is dark and intense, yet poetic and beautiful. "

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