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Practical magic de Alice Hoffman
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Practical magic (edició 1995)

de Alice Hoffman

Sèrie: Practical Magic (3)

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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back, almost as if by magic ...… (més)
Membre:Christina_Oliver
Títol:Practical magic
Autors:Alice Hoffman
Informació:New York : Berkley Books, 2003, c1995.
Col·leccions:Christina's Library, e-books, La teva biblioteca
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This was fine, but too chick-lit-y for my taste. Also too much magical realism for my taste. Meh. I listened, I'm not sure I would have finished if I read a print book.

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Sally and Gillian are orphaned when young, and brought up by their great aunts. Their aunts are considered witches in town, and they make love potions and the like. Gillian leaves as soon as she can, Sally stays, and finally leaves town with her two girls after being widowed. Every summer they vacation at the aunts.

Years later, Gillian shows up on Sally's doorstep, with her dead husband, and moves in. They bury him in the backyard. Kiley, the younger daughter, is taken with Gillian's beauty and eccentricity. But then an investigator with the AZ AG comes looking for Jimmy. Strange things happen. They have to call in the aunts. ( )
  Dreesie | Jun 3, 2021 |
I really loved this. It was so different than what I was expecting. It was the writing, the sentences themselves that were most magical of all. ( )
  TaraF | Mar 16, 2021 |
One star because the Goodreads rating system aptly sums up my feelings on it: did not like it. I only finished it because I have a uni class that requires I do so, else I would have DNF'd it last week. I didn't care for the writing, the characters, the plot, the setting, the use of 'magic' and 'witchcraft' (which seem questionable at best in this novel) and an overabundant reliance on using metaphor as magic in place of writing actual moments of fantasy. Thanks for reminding me why I don't read Alice Hoffman novels anymore, though! ( )
  sarahlh | Mar 6, 2021 |
Considering how much I adored the previous novels of Alice Hoffman's that I've read (especially the prequel to this novel), I fully expected to be swept away once again. I guess the old adage rings true once more: assumptions make an ass out of you and me (or however it goes), because I was just a touch disappointed by this book. Hoffman brings her signature intrigue and character-driven narrative to the table, but I just wasn't able to connect with sisters Sally and Gillian Owens. Her storytelling was a touch more removed (like we're being told the story, rather than being in the story as it unfolds), so I rarely, if ever, truely felt like we were getting inside the sisters' heads. It also doesn't help matters that we're automatically expecting the same story as in the film adaptation (even though this isn't realistic), so when the story skews a bit off kilter we're constantly left wondering why. That being said, the story was still softly magical (even for its occasional violence and cruelty) and was a decent opener for Halloween month. I'm very glad that Hoffman went back and wrote the prequel about the aunts, though, since she's bringing many more years of writing experience to the table when she delves into their deeply magical story. And now we have her latest novel (an even earlier prequel) to get into later on! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Book on CD narrated by Christina Moore

The Owens women have always been known for their beauty and have always had magical powers. But when sisters Gillian and Sally are orphaned, they are taken in by their older aunts and endure years of taunting and teasing in their Massachusetts town. They turn their backs on magic and set out on their own. Years later, Gillian is twice divorced and living in Tucson with a very bad man. Older sister Sally is widowed with two young daughters of her own, settled in upstate New York. Then one rainy night, Gillian appears on Sally’s doorstep … with a dead man in her car. And things get weirder and weirder from that point forward.

I remember the movie starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock – vaguely. I remember I thought little of it and quickly forgot it. I resisted reading anything by Hoffman as a result. But a particular challenge drew me to this work at this time, and I have to say that I’m glad I read it.

Hoffman is a great storyteller and she does a marvelous job weaving this “fairy tale for adults.” Her characters and much more complex that I was expecting. Like all fairy tales there is a lesson here. Hoffman deals with sibling rivalry, with forgiveness, with the pull of family and the desire for independence.

Christina Moore does a splendid job reading the audiobook. I loved being read to by her! ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 22, 2021 |
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If there is an author north of the border who has managed to successfully translate the language of magic realism into the American idiom, it is Alice Hoffman.
 
Indeed, the title of Ms. Hoffman's latest novel, "Practical Magic," says it all: if you are going to believe in magic, it had better have palpable and easily comprehensible results.
 

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Hoffman, Aliceautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Jones, CherryReaderautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lindgren, Nilleautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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For more than two hundred years, the Owens women had been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. And Gillian and Sally endured that fate as well; as children, the sisters were outsiders. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, but all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back, almost as if by magic ...

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