Thursday, April 9, 2015

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman book review

Author: Alice Hoffman
Release Date: August 3rd 2003
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages: 286
Rating: 4 stars
Buy At:  Amazon

The bestselling author of Second Nature, Illumination Night and Turtle Moon now offers her most fascinating and tantalizingly accomplished novel yet -- a winning tale that amply confirms Alice Hoffman's reputation not only as a genius of the vivid scene and unforgettable character but as one of America's most captivating storytellers.

When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers -- and as their own powers begin to surface -- the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

But both find that they cannot elude their magic-filled past. And when trouble strikes -- in the form of a menacing backyard ghost -- the sisters must not only reunite three generations of Owens women but embrace their magic as a gift -- and their key to a future of love and passion. Funny, haunting, and shamelessly romantic, Practical Magic is bewitching entertainment .


The book was very different from the movie. Some might find it bad different and some might find it good different. Personally I love both, I think they are both magic in their own way. 

Hoffman has a way of combining magic with emotions, her characters are very well portrayed and she handels them with love. They are different, yet the same. They're complex and unique, but also very normal. Together they create a beautiful picture. In Hoffman's world the fact that one character is beautiful doesn't mean that the other is not, because beauty comes in all variations, and so does strengh, and I really loved this fact. You help your family whenever they need you, but you make sure they learn their lessons, learn from their mistakes. 

Everyone deserves a second chace, and love has shades. the fact that you loved once doesn't means you can't love twice, and that doesn't mean you betrayed your previous love. But most importantly, you can't run away from blood and you can't run away from who you are, from your history. You need to learn to accept yourself- completely and wholey.

the drama is built slowly, and the solution is simple. Hoffman isn't trying to creat something she won't be able to handle or pump our hopes up, and that's why the story is so beautiful. Because, in the end of the day, it's about the oldest thing in the world, the thing we like most- pepole and emotions.

Read Efetrpi's review here (we had different opnion of the book :D)

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