Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

byAlice Hoffman

Kobo ebook | August 5, 2003

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The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the *New York Times* bestselling author of *The Rules of Magic*.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape. One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic...

**“Splendid...*Practical Magic* is one of [Hoffman's] best novels, showing on every page her gift for touching ordinary life as if with a wand, to reveal how extraordinary life really is.”*—Newsweek* 

“[A] delicious fantasy of witchcraft and love in a world where gardens smell of lemon verbena and happy endings are possible.”—*Cosmopolitan***



Title:Practical MagicFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:August 5, 2003Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1440673756

ISBN - 13:9781440673757

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magically Empowering This novel is fun to read, magical and made me feel as though I was in a band of female friends who stick together through all of life's twists and turns, supernatural included. It's an easy read and contains much greater detail and characters who were not in the movie. I read the book first and thought it was much better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good Don't hate me, this has got to be one of those very instances when the movie is actually better than the book. BUT - this is a pretty good read on it own.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from read book 1st then see movie This is one of those the movie is better than the book which is not like me to say. As much as I love books becoming movies I still always love the books WAY more naturally I'm a book nerd. Anyways this was bland for me because I didn't know it was a book and i love the movie so much. Decided to order the book and was a bit disappointing because like I said I love the movie that much. The book honestly is ok but I think the movie ruined it for me. I will reread it again ofcourse I just need to separate the two next time. I do still recommend it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book I read this one years ago and it's still one of my favourites. It prompted me to write a review now that Alice Hoffman has written the prequel "The Rules of Magic".
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I really loved this book. Loved all the different aspects of the book. The twists and terms, and all the different elements.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So fun with a few dark curve balls Very realistic story of a family of women and the many good times but also the few bad. I found this book made a statement about feminism and how women are persecuted whether a witch or not.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Love this book but if you've seen the movie first dont expect it to be like that
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea... If I didn't love the movie and if I hadn't been able to picture elements of the movie while reading, I don't think I would have enjoyed this book. I liked the writing, even though perspectives shifted a little too quickly for my liking; it did still feel organic due to the way it was written. I loved the complexity of the characters. I loved the way family relationships were portrayed. I'm not sure if I love the plot? Ultimately, the conclusion is about reconciliation, not Jimmy. Jimmy existed only to move the narrative forward when things got too simple and I totally understand how he was used; but, I feel like the end just didn't quite wrap everything up as forcefully as I would have liked, given how intense the focus was during certain parts of the book. I would still recommend reading this book, because I do think it would be very enjoyable if you didn't feel the same way I did about Jimmy; I can see why people would love this book, even though I did not. The cover is also stunning and for that reason alone I will be keeping my copy.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my top ten! This book propels you onward until the end. .
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Practically Already Forgotten I was really looking forward to reading this book. But, I have to be honest ... I'm not so sure what all the excitement is about. For me, it was like a storybook for adults; similar to something I would read to my girls at bedtime, except this is aimed at an adult audience. It did not provoke any deep soul searching or questioning of ideals. I did not fall in love with the characters; I did not really relate to them in any meaningful way, I guess. For me, this book was just okay ... I read this book as part of a challenge to read 100 books in one year ... and I'm blogging as I go. Read all my thoughts on Practical Magic ...
Date published: 2010-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Real Sisterhood If you are expected something resembles the movie you won't find it here but read it anyway. This is especially great if you have a sister and love her style of writting.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Written I watched and loved the DVD first, but then while browsing through my store I came upon the book and had to have it. I have now read it three times, and loved it every time. This book is a truly moving tale of love and magic through generations. I have since bought every other Alice Hoffman book I could get my hands on. This is a wonderful read and such a delight.
Date published: 2007-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite Hands down my favourite feel-good book ever, ‘Practical Magic’ tells a three-generational tale of women who have the distinction of being different, and certainly not loved for being so. Sally desperately wants to be normal – so normal she has turned her back on the natural magics she can do so well. Gillian has spun the other way, being so wild and carefree (and careless) with the hearts of others, that she’s in danger of losing her own way. When life events crash Sally and Gillian back together, things will never be the same for them, their aunts, or Sally’s children – who are coming of age and starting to learn about their own magic. Written in a breathtaking tense of immediacy, ‘Practical Magic’ is just bursting at the seams with wonderful prose, depth of emotion, and characters you’re going to fall in love with.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent ! A fun magical read! I wanted to read the book before viewing the movie and I truly enjoyed reading this book. It is not so much a 'witch' book as so many of my Salem friends state, but focusses more on the relationship of sisters and family bonds. The ending is fun and pulls the entire book together. Looking forward to viewing the DVD!
Date published: 2005-08-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story, fair writing style I found the less fantastical storyline of the book more impressive than that of the movie. Hoffman shows that magic is being aware of how life unfolds and recognizing how and when to interfere or interface. That being said, I found the switching of verb tenses disconcerting at times, as well as the abrupt changes in story (such as dropping away from the one daughter running with her potential boyfriend to the arrival of the detective). I also found Hoffman's view of love and relationships to be somewhat one-sided at times, giving most people little credit for having any common sense while being in love. At first I was annoyed by the two-dimensional treatment of the aunts but realized by the final pages that this was necessary to allow the sisters' view of their aunts to permeate the story.
Date published: 2004-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved it i saw and own the movie, its one of my favorites. i thought if the movie was good the book should be a lot better. well the book was fantastic. i really enjoyed it. its pretty long but i read it in only about 2 weeks. i couldn't put it down and even though i had a good idea of what was going to happen, i still wanted to see if there were anymore turns the story would take before the ending. i really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2003-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great movie, and also a great book! If you have seen this movie or own it, you should really read this book. Also this book was made before the movie so there are a lot of differences in it. This was a great book about the love of two sisters that go through thick and thin through life and still find there way back to each other even through the bumpy times in life. This is a great book for people of all ages!
Date published: 2003-07-01