“Love” by Toni Morrison


“Love” by Toni Morrison

The sticker on the cover of my copy “Buy 1 get 1 1/2 Price” is rather inappropriate as the book touches on slavery, prostitution and child sexual abuse, and we see on the cover two young African-American girls.

Having recently read one book by a Nobel Prize laureate (Sholokov), it is an interesting coincidence to be reading a book by another. This time I don’t need a translation, although I do need to pay close attention to the tale woven by Toni Morrison. Professor Morrison is a gifted storyteller and she conjures up some complex damaged characters who interact with each other with difficulty. The two on the cover, I imagine as two of the central characters Heed and Christine, whose childhood friendship is torn apart when Christine’s grandfather, Bill Cosey marries the 11 year old Heed. Bill Cosey is a larger than life character running a resort. The novel spans generations, the timeline flits around and demands close attention to work out who, what and when.

The novel starts with Junior, a young woman fresh out of correctional, entering the faded hotel to apply for a post as the ageing Heed’s secretary to help her write her memoirs. We meet Christine cooking Heed a gourmet dish of Crayfish, knowing Heed hates seafood. The the book focuses on the love between these two childhood friends, who are made to hate one another by the very adults whose guidance and affection they needed to survive.

It’s a story that requires patience; that doesn’t judge, but rather asks you to watch, wait, and learn empathy by understanding the history of each character.

My rating : 4 out of 5


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Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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