Love by Toni Morrison

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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.


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About Toni Morrison

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Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She is the author of many novels, including The Bluest Eye, Beloved (made into a major film), Paradise and, most recently, Home. She has also received the National Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize for her fiction. In addition to Desdemona her theatrical work includes writing the text for Margaret Garner (music composed by Richard Danielpour) and Dreaming Emmett, an published play directed by Gilbert Moses and performed at the Marketplace Capitol Repertory Theater of Albany. Ms. Morrison has written lyrics for Kathleen Battle (commissioned by Carnegie Hall), Sylvia McNair, Jessye Norman, and Andre Previn. Ms. Morrison founded the Princeton Atelier which for fifteen years has brought actors, composers, writers, and artists of all genres together to work with students on the artists' own projects. Several of her novels including The Bluest Eye have been adapted for the stage.Rokia Traoré is a Victoires de la Musique award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist.Peter Sellars is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts in America and abroad. A visionary artist, Sellars is known for his groundbreaking interpretations of classic works.
 
Published May 18, 1978 by John Murray Publishers Ltd. 117 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Education & Reference, Children's Books. Fiction

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As Junior expertly seduces Romen, the adolescent grandson of Sandler and Vida Gibbons (both of whom had been employed by Cosey), Christine’s rage, May’s paranoid fear of racial unrest as a threat to her security (“for years, she hoarded and buried, and preserved and stole”), and the frail heed’s ...

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Mr. Hermes, a senior critic at Rolling Stone and frequent contributor to The New York Times, has isolated a crucial, if sometimes awkward, period of transition in American music, hitherto dismissed as “a cultural dead zone,” and his painstakingly nuanced preface argues only that the figures he di...

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The Guardian

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Love by Toni Morrison Chatto & Windus £16.99, pp212 Love is conspicuously absent from Toni Morrison's eighth novel.

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The Guardian

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No less a literary critic than Morrison herself has pronounced her new novel, Love, to be "perfect", and despite offering such glaring incitements to the would-be critical gunslinger, Love is a disarmingly compact, unpompous book, less in love with the sound of its own metaphors than Morrison's l...

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BC Books

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In the diaries, her mother indicated that she felt she was writing the diaries to some day be read and shared, and that is what her daughter has done with this book.

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BC Books

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I Love is the debut album of Cristina Morrison, a jazz vocalist/lyricist with the kind of vocal chops that promise many more to come.

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BC Books

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It wouldn't be a Morrison novel without a heavy William Faulkner influence and, with much of the story's action being recollected years after it took place along with Bill and Heed's similarities to Thomas and Rose Supten, the Faulkner novel she's been reading for this book is Absalom Absalom.

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BC Books

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Morrison by shifting the paradigm of American literature by fusing African American American woman's narratives, magical realism and African American folklore with one of the most beautiful and unique prose styles of the 20th century.

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Book Reporter

In a recent interview Morrison said, "I was interested in the way in which sexual love and other kinds of love lend themselves to betrayal.

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Entertainment Weekly

It takes place in a seaside town where wealthy, backslapping Bill Cosey used to run ''the best and best-known vacation spot for colored folk on the East Coast.'' By the 1990s, when this downbeat book begins, the hotel is barely standing, Cosey is 25 years dead, and his widow and granddaughter, bo...

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Suite 101

Toni Morrison's Home depicts the life of a black man and his sister in the 1950s, unpeeling layers of trauma and discrimination.

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London Review of Books

Of the four recent anthologies of this kind or these kinds, the ‘male’ ones – the Chatto Book of Love Poetry and the Faber Book of Blue Verse – are the most obvious offenders (‘male’ here meaning edited by men and overwhelmingly given over to men’s poetry, though not exclusively male in the way t...

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London Review of Books

In an afterword to The Bluest Eye, written in 1993, Morrison said that the effect she had been trying to achieve was the ‘speakerly, aural, colloquial’, the familiar tone of ‘black women conversing with one another, telling a story;

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The Celebrity Cafe

Sure, there are plenty of books like how to make someone fall in love with you or how to market yourself to find a husband after over 35, but this book is a little different.

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Project MUSE

At a time when it is commonplace to read that black males and black masculinity are under siege, Susan Neal Mayberry's Can't I Love What I Criticize?: The Masculine and Morrison is a refresher course on black men's long struggle against racial discrimination and oppression.

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Project MUSE

Beginning with Light in August, the text, he argues, in which Faulkner moves from writing "through" black people to writing "about" them, Weinstein suggests that, in the figure of Joe Christmas, Faulkner both enters blackness and recasts it as whiteness;

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