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Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Написано Alice Hoffman

Озвучено Christina Moore


Practical Magic

Написано Alice Hoffman

Озвучено Christina Moore

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4/5 (245 оценки)
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Издано:
Nov 6, 2012
ISBN:
9781442362499
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Alice Hoffman's enchanting witch's brew of suspense, romance and magic -- now a major motion picture from Warner Bros.
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 -- Alice Hoffman at her spectacular best.
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Издано:
Nov 6, 2012
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9781442362499
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She wrote her first novel, Property Of, while studying creative writing at Stanford University, and since then has published more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including the recent New York Times bestsellers The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, have been made into films, and Here on Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice. All told, Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty languages and one hundred foreign editions. She lives outside of Boston.

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  • (5/5)
    Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic introduces fascinating characters and imbues them with a touch of magical mystery, quietly (and wisely) leaving the reader to discover, guess, or intuit whether magic is real. The sisters may just be normal outsides, growing up in a strange household and rejected by their community, or… They may be sisters who truly care for each other, or competitors unable to care. And the aunts…Coincidence, potions, maybe spells; Practical Magic is a novel with almost overpowering humanity; a delight for the senses filled with plants, growth and wonder; and a hauntingly evocative tale of belonging, unbelonging, relationship, parenthood and love.Disclosure: I got it for Christmas and I love it.
  • (4/5)
    I had not watched the movie when it came out but I had heard a little about this book and knew I wanted to read it. This was the hardest I had ever worked to find and read a book as it was not available at my library or any of the library online services and my usual methods of purchase did not have it in stock. I finally found an affordable copy on Book Depository and waited a few weeks for it to arrive.Thankfully it ended up being worth the effort! This was a fun read and easy to sink into. It wasn't quite as dark as I expected but it was full of magical realism, family ties, love and pain. Recommended
  • (5/5)
    Team Five (High Fives) Reader #1

    Tag: Paranormal Romance & Family Relationships

    Practical Magic
    , Alice Hoffman (244 pages)

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    First I'd like to say, I still can not get over how different the book is from the movie, but, I Still LOVE the Movie as well....

    Sally & Gillian are sisters, OWENS Sisters.... Owens women do not usually have so much luck in love, and know the heartbreak of loss, however, Owens women are strong, single minded and have very much "luck" in other aspects of their lives. Sally & Gillian are as different as day & night: Sally is older, practical and orderly. Gillian is wild, disorderly, and very impractical.

    At an early age, Sally & Gillian are left orphans (their mother & father were on a 2nd honeymoon and were so enthralled in each other, that they never noticed their room catching fire). Sally & Gillian call their only know relatives: "The Aunts".... Older women who live together in a large rambling house, built by Maria Owens (an alleged witch).... The Aunts know a thing or two about love & loss, so although the entire neighborhood is scared to death of them, it does not stop the local women (in need) visiting them at twilight for "magick" to help their ailing relationships.

    Sally is living with the Aunts, happily married w/ two young daughters... when the Watch Beetle of Death shows up in her husband's favorite chair..... Her mourning affects the entire household & Gillian comes to her rescue..... Sally moves and begins a new life.

    Gillian has runaway from the Aunts years ago and is now in a horrendous affair with a totally abusive man, Jimmy, whom she keeps under a modicum of control with small doses of Belladonna..... But somehow while in route out of town (he has killed college students by selling them jimson weed as a recreational drug), Jimmy keels over & dies!

    With nowhere else to turn, Gillian shows up at Sally's doorstep with the now dead Jimmy....... Sally & Jillian plant Jimmy in the garden under the Lilacs......

    Secondary to the story is the relationship of Sally's daughters: Kylie & Antonia, and their relationship w/ Gillian.....

    As the story goes on: Jimmy's ghost becomes a very active force and needs to be dealt with (in the movie he was more active). Love is all around for Sally, Gillian, Kylie & Antonia, they learn to deal with the love of family, their relationships with each other, and with the men of their dreams.

    I Absolutely LOVE This Book! For me it was interesting and it held my interest. I enjoyed the story & the themes of Love, Magic as an everyday occurence, and Family Relationships (especially about day & night sisters)!
  • (4/5)
    Magical realism novel that follows the lives of sisters Sally and Gillian Owens. Full of beautiful prose and a gentle but tightly woven plot that pulls the reader along (I devoured the book in two days). The magic element is fantastical and yet somehow treated as an everyday and in no way unusual thing in the lives of these women. With lovely explorations of what it means to be family, the power that love holds over people, and the importance of accepting yourself, this is a highly enjoyable novel. Recommended for fans of magical realism and family dramas.
  • (4/5)
    Sisters Sally and Gillian Owens were raised by the aunts, witches who specialized in helping people with love problems. They suffered bullies in their small Massachusetts town and as they grew up, they grew apart: Gillian had relationship troubles and multiple marriages, Sally married and had two daughters but suffered grief after her husband died suddenly. Now, Gillian returns with a secret that just might change their lives forever.Alice Hoffman certainly knows how to write a book with an otherworldly atmosphere of magical realism. It permeates this story so much that it's more about the setting and the words than the characters. There's very little dialogue for the first 100 or so pages, and as a result I had a really hard time getting into it. But if you enjoy the atmosphere and the elements of magic, it's a solid read and I'd certainly recommend it to people who appreciate a wordsmith.
  • (4/5)
    I loved this book, as I have loved every Alice Hoffman book I have read so far. A little magic/supernatural but not too much. The story was more about relationships than magic.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful and so much better than the movie.
  • (3/5)
    Borders Mgr recommendation--I liked the magic aspect of this book a great deal. Was I offended by some of the harshness used? No, but I found it a bit unnecessary and that it did not offer any "depth" to the boook.
  • (3/5)
    I'm a fan of the 1998 movie, which certainly colored my experience of the book. On its own, the book is interesting. The point of view shifts fluidly between characters; the quantity of sex and fantasies and thoughts about sex surprised me a bit, likely because the movie didn't really touch on that. It's painful getting into Gillian's head, seeing her lack of self-worth up close, but it feels realistic. The aunts have a much smaller role, since the majority of the book doesn't take place at their home, and Jimmy's much less a menace. Sally's daughters are older, too, and lack the closeness they have in the movie.I feel like overall there was even less plot in the book than there is in the movie- it meanders, touching on bits and pieces but never really establishes a significant issue to overcome by the end. It was a quick read and swept me along as I read, but it felt unsatisfyingly unfinished.
  • (3/5)
    I love the film. The film is the perfect fairytale of strong women, true love and magic, and the scene where the circle join hands to save Gillian always gets to me. I never really thought about the book until I discovered that Alice Hoffman has recently written a prequel/sequel - and I honestly wish that was still the case. Stand alone, the book is fine, if a bit disjointed and lacking in unity, of both plot and characters. But, and I don't often say this, so I'll say it loud: THE FILM IS BETTER. Like way, way better. The film is centred around the aunts' house, which only Gillian leaves and finally returns to, so there is a feeling of home and history at the heart of the story. There is also a definite emphasis on magic, with the aunts and Sally, although she fights her inheritance, practicing both the white and black sides of the craft. I also like the detail of the aunts interfering in Sally's love life - the first time around. When she finds her true love a second time, the magic is purely Sally's. All missing from the book. Sally leaves home with her much older daughters and moves to New York, so both the house and the aunts are removed from much of the story. The pacing is also very weak, and the final scene is an anticlimax compared to the film.The book is trying to be 'gritty' and realistic, I think, despite the fairytale language, discussing sex and self-loathing and splintered families over love and magic and sisterhood. Sally is a depressed single mother of teenagers, Gillian is still Gillian, and none of the women can be happy until they meet 'the one'. Sally doesn't meet the perfect man of her conjuring but a lovesick fool conducting a half-assed investigation. Gillian is rewarded with a biology teacher instead of being 'possessed' by her dead lover's spirit. Even Antonia and Kylie go weak-kneed for the nearest boys. The happy ever after effect of the film is lost by the implied message that women just need a man in their lives to be happy.The bones of the story are there, but the flesh is weak. Stick to the film.
  • (3/5)
    Having never known that the movie was based on a book I could hardly break my "no movie till the book has been read" oath following the Lord of the Rings tragedy. But here I think I hardly have worried, because I have found that rare thing, a story that is better on the screen than the page (in my opinion). The spirit of the characters is all the same, except for Sally's two daughters; in the book, the younger sisters, we follow up to their teens and are much more fleshed out literally and figuratively. Most of the book centers on the interpersonal relationships of the two sets of sisters and their love lives. There's so much introspection and emotional characterization that I didn't feel like I was reading a good story so much as a parable in the form of a therapy session. Getting rid of Jimmy Angelou takes no more than 3 pages at most at the very end of the book. I don't even think "magic" or "witch" is used more than twice each. There is a "magic" of a sort in the book, but its a more inherent kind, rather than using potions or spells, but the women have no real control over the way they affect their surroundings, their mere presence sets off all kinds of havoc. The movie was more gripping and less touching, but at least it doesn't leave you exhausted and haggard afterwards. The main difference is big and its this: the movie tells you that sisterhood conquers all attackers. The book tells you that your worst enemies are yourself and your "sister" and no one else can protect or sabotage you better than they.
  • (5/5)
    I must confess that this is one my favorite movies to pop in on Halloween and in the Fall; this book conjured up all of those cozy feelings as well. Obviously, the movie took a lot of creative liberty and there are a lot of differences and focuses in the book.
  • (5/5)
    Didn't expect it to be so different from the movie
  • (5/5)
    This is one of my favorite books as well as fav movie!!!!!!
  • (2/5)
    Mmmm... this is one of the cases when the movie is better than the book. I read the Rules of Magic first as part of Reese’s book club. It was so much better than this one. There really is no “magic.” They never officially talk about being witches, there is nothing about the curse and it’s mostly a bunch of mildly dislikeable characters who don’t do much other than bicker. I was so disappointed!
  • (4/5)
    Good story but a lot f bombs. Make sure kids aren't around if you listen without earbuds!
  • (3/5)
    I never quite understood what people meant by "show, don't tell" and I've struggled with mastering the technique myself. But, for the first time in my life, I finally get what people are talking about.

    Hoffman isn't without descriptive prose, but a lot of Practical Magic is a summation of events, rather than a story happening in real time. The latter is something Griffin Dunne's film adaptation did well, picking and choosing moments that work best on film vs. on-page.
  • (3/5)
    Audio was great. I just wished the book was like the movie.
  • (5/5)
    Great book. I love how the author even helps identify the relationship between mother and daughters. A must read book can’t wait to read the prequel.
  • (4/5)
    This was a time I didnt know there was a book to the movie, and of course the book is always more detailed (better) than the movie and that is an understatement for this book!! LOVED IT!
  • (5/5)
    So very different than the movie but oh so very good! Read immediately after the Rules of Magic ❤️
  • (4/5)
    I haven't seen the movie in a minute, but I grew up LOVING it. I was way past due reading the book the film was actually based on and I''m so excited that I listened to the audiobook version of it, it was WONDERFUL! I couldn't have asked for a better narrator, she embodied the Owens sisters so completely! It's a witchy book that's not really about witches; it's about sisterhood, love, trust, and hope. It's beautiful and haunting and you really root for all the characters despite their faults. It's the perfect fall time read as the leaves change and the witching hour grows closer. The Owens sisters had a unique childhood; raised by their aunts, the girls were mercilessly teased and bullied for their aunts potions and love spells the villagers used in desperation. Sally just wants to be normal and settle down, whereas Gillian wants to paint the town red; jumping from man to man until she can get the hell out of town. Years pass and the sisters have moved on with their lives though they haven't seen each other much in two decades. Sally is living with her two daughters in a nice suburban town when Gillian shows up on her doorstep with a problem so big it threatens to tear everything apart. Wonderful. Such unique and vibrant characters! The writing is beautiful as well! Although the movie is quite different; it's a wonderful tribute to the book!
  • (4/5)
    A charming way of interpreting magical realism. Hoffman did it admirably.
  • (4/5)
    Great mix of realism and magic. I quickly became emeshed in the sister's lives. Would love to know more about the aunts.
  • (3/5)
    [March 31, 2011] My copy is on it's way to me any day now!!! Can't wait to hold it in my hands and dig in!! Hope the book will be as good as the movie!!

    [Tuesday, March 27, 2012] I'm somewhere close to half of the book and I got to say it, the movie is 100 times better then the book! The characters are dull and dark here, and even the events take so long to develop! I decided to stick to the movie, it's already one of my top favorites. Who says the books are always better then movies should read this book!
  • (4/5)
    A quick and fun read. What would you do for the ones you love? This tale of two sisters, and the lengths they go to be there for each other was very enjoyable.
  • (3/5)
    Having been a lover of the film I was eager to read this book when it was bought as a gift for me. If you have not watched the film then I would suggest reading the book first. The book is quite different in terms of the children of Sally being a lot older and the main bulk of the story is set away from the aunts house.

    If I had to choose book or film then I would choose film because it is a lovely story and that house is really special. In the book the house is made out to be a dark and dingy place that neither Sally or Gillian could wait to get away from. Of course this is true in the film too, but the house is much lovelier in the film.

    There are some very good aspects to the story in the book that aren't in the film, but as they centre on Sally's daughter's being teenagers then it is understandable why they aren't in the film.

    I doubt I would read this again, whereas I have watched the film at least twenty times!
  • (5/5)
    I must confess that this is one my favorite movies to pop in on Halloween and in the Fall; this book conjured up all of those cozy feelings as well. Obviously, the movie took a lot of creative liberty and there are a lot of differences and focuses in the book.
  • (4/5)
    finished this in less than 36 hours. enchanting! I'm hooked on Alice Hoffman now.
  • (2/5)
    I think I've read this book before, but didn't remember until midway through. Which kind of speaks for its memorability. I picked it up because I liked Garden Spells a lot and it heard this was similar. .... I think they are a little too similar.... It was a little strange.

    I didn't like this one as much because the only thing this book cared about was love. There was no mention of girl friends or of being happy single or enjoying life just because. It only revolved around boys. Fairly shallow. Especially with all the amount of time and words dedicated towards describing how beautiful a character was and how so many boys lusted after them.

    I don't think I liked any of the characters. The girls were all written well, written to be realistic and shown in different stages of their life where they learn and grow and change. But still. Meh. And I just felt sorry for Sally.
    The boys were just abnormally-perfect-love-mates for the girls. All of them. Blah.
    And really, were there any other characters besides the Owen girls and their respective love mates? Yeah. Well then.

    I wanted a little more magic. Herbs and little stuff doesn't cut it when they have the potential to force a false love with a single dove heart.

    And I don't really see how Jimmy had all that power to cause all that trouble. More like a forced story plot.

    I was just not impressed. Which is just sad because I liked Garden Spells, which was oddly very similar.

    Objective rating is probably three stars, but personal rating I'd have to give it two stars for lack of interest and shallowness.
    Maybe recommended for people who like realistic magic and slice of life books. You probably have to be a girl to like this book too. Sorry boys.