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Practical Magic von Alice Hoffman
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Practical Magic (2013. Auflage)

von Alice Hoffman (Autor)

Reihen: Practical Magic (1)

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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 ...… (mehr)
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4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story, from start to finish! I am interested in reading more stories by Ms. Hoffman. Each character is complex and flawed. I enjoyed how love is just so irrational and unavoidable in this book. ( )
  BarbF410 | May 22, 2022 |
From my TBR pile and given to me as a birthday present. The edition I read was published by Random House.

I watched this film not long after it came out in 1998 and is one of the few films that I've ever considered reading the original book it was based on, and 15 or so years later, I did! The book and the film are definitely different, but the overall story of the film remains true to the book and actually plays to the strengths of the 4 main adult actresses: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Stockard Channing, Diane Wiest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZf-HiXQXnE



Gillian being the beautiful but wild one, who can never be tied down and is breaking hearts long before she runs away from her aunts and her sister.

Sally is the older, more sensible one, practical, vegetarian, science based one who soon rejects anything that cant be proved with evidence. Her aunts, being the local witches, are shunned by most during the day, but have their advice sought as soon as dusk makes their visitors' identity hidden.

The book is split up into four chapters, each covering a specific part of the girls' life.

Superstition is about the girls growing up with the aunts, and learning the price of your heart's desire. It finishes with Gillian already having escaped, and Sally moving away with her daughters Antonia and Kylie (the first set of differences with the film, where Sally never moves away and Antonia and Kylie have a much smaller part).

Premonitions is where Gillian finds Sally and the girls (who are now teenagers) in their house, and brings trouble in the form of the dead body of Gillian's boyfriend Jimmy. Sally is the one person Gillian can talk to – she is scared of the Aunts and doesnt feel she has the right or the want to ask for their help.

Clairvoyance is where Gillian settles in, finds new beau, but things turn for the worse including Jimmy haunting the garden. The lilac tree – under which Jimmy is buried – seems to grow amazingly, attracting weeping love lorn women, until the tree is cut down and burnt. Kylie and Antonia have a much bigger part than what is presented in the film – Antonia is similar to Gillian in the heart breaking skills, and Kylie – tall, ungainly, and sharing a room with her aunt – is soon influenced by Gillian's behaviour, until she feels betrayed by not being the centre of Gillian's world.

Levitation finds Gary seeking Jimmy whose malevolent energy continues to haunt the garden. The girls realise they have to call the aunts in to help and turn up the older women do, in their own style of course. The tables have definitely turned on Sally and Gillian. Gillian has finally found someone she wants to fight for and who is probably worth stability and staying put.She also realises that perhaps she is worth what the Aunts are prepared to bring. Sally has had the stability, and found that denying her past and her skills has brought her very little joy. The presence of Gary in her life – even briefly – makes her wonder whether the perceived stability is worth not having him in her life.

Gary makes a very short appearance in the book - but Aidan Quinn is a large part of the movie. In the book Jimmy turns up already dead, but Goran Visnjic has a much bigger part as the threatening ghost of Jimmy - in no small nod to his status as "taking over from George Clooney as the ER hunk" status - no complaints from me on either point!.

The story is told very much in the “epic third person” where it's a rather lyrical, sweeping, portions of time being swept away – there is very little dialogue between characters and whole decades disappear in a blink of an eye.

So: I love both the film AND the book, which is quite rare for me. Whilst the film is different from the book, there's at least enough of the spirit of the book kept within it (helped by Hoffman being one of the scriptwriters) to make me satisfied.
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
I loved the movie with Bullock and Kidman. The book was interesting, too. Most of the verb tense was written in present tense, which makes for a different read. The idea of the verbs happening NOW made the story even more suspenseful because you the reader felt as if the action was occurring right then and now. Differs from the movie quite a bit but not enough to disrupt the main storyline. ( )
  crabbyabbe | Feb 24, 2022 |
I was surprised by how quickly I read this book, buts it’s really easy to get sucked in. Hoffman does a good job of creating unique and lovable characters who have their own unique struggles and arcs. But what is especially good is the way she writes family and relationship dynamics; how complicated they are, what is and isn’t healthy, and how they can affect everyone around them. She also does a good job of writing from multiple perspectives and age groups, which I find admirable as a writer. I am currently fighting the urge to rush to the bookstore to buy the other books in the series. ( )
  KatieWrites | Jan 4, 2022 |
I liked it fine but wasn't super into it. It was more about the family drama and relationships than the magic, which I guess is the point but Im more interested in the magic and tbh the magic system didn't make a ton of sense to me. ( )
  mutantpudding | Dec 26, 2021 |
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, AliceHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Jones, CherryReaderCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Lindgren, NilleCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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