Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Book - 1995
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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 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 would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared, even into adulthood, brought them back--almost as if by magic...
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1995.
ISBN: 9780399140556
0399140557
Characteristics: 244 p. ;,24 cm.

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Rachelc24
Oct 30, 2018

I love, love, love this movie. The book is nothing like it of course. I still liked it, I like Alice Hoffeman's story telling, but there is no "Magic" in the book version of Practical magic.
Gillian and Sally don't really have powers. They are both beautiful. Gillian can make a man fall for her and sally is a strong independent woman raising two daughters alone after her true love husband dies in a freak accident.. but neither character is witchy. They are both normal women trying to figure out who they are and run away from their past.. and there is some love thrown in.. but no famous Owen's curse to break. They get haunted by a ghost after burying the body of Gillian's no good boyfriend in the yard, oops she thinks she killed him with nightshade, she was giving him so he would not beat her.

the most interesting part of this is Sally's daughters who are teenagers in the book version.. not little kids.
The Aunts are not around much either. This is one case where the movie is better than the book. that being said if you like the movie.. read "The rules of magic" its the story of the Aunts and how they grew up facing the owen's family curse.. the prequel seems more like a prequel to the movie that to the book.

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newjost
Aug 10, 2018

I love Alice Hoffman. I love her characters and their relationships and the mix of knowing and unknowing they all have. My first book of hers was the prequel and I’ve literally been consuming everything of hers I can get my hands on since. There are so many layers to everyone. She is magic for me. If you are someone who feels a little on the outside, a little different, maybe even for reasons you can’t put into words. Or someone who loves your family fiercely even though they make you crazy and are moderately to really dysfunctional, you will relate. I love my sister like crazy. She’s wild and I’m practical. We are both dreamers. These women are totally relatable for me. So much better than the movie. Great read. I would totally recommend to a friend.

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scorpiorising
Feb 25, 2018

I could not read this book because it made me fall asleep it was so hodrum boring. I tried and tried for 3 days to read but it just put me to sleep for about 2 hours. I am an insomniac that is lucky to get more than 2 hours a night of sleep so for this reason it was a good book for me but I am just soo bored with this book that I returned it early. Obviously it was not my cup of Tea . I cannot stand Oh Woe is me crap..

ArapahoeAshley Jan 05, 2018

While there are many stories unfolding for each individual, this book is really about family relationships and love. The character development was great and the flow of the book felt effortless.

First, let me start off by confessing that I did see the movie first. I saw the movie years ago when it first came out and loved it. It is still one of my favorites. I guess the real question is, what took me so long to read the book? I can't answer that, except to say that the book is very different from the movie. (I hate to say it, but I did like the movie better.)

When I saw that Hoffman released a prequel of sorts to this novel, I decided it was time to read this one. It is still the story of sisters. Both wanting more than just being an Owens woman and the burdens that carries. One sister will run away, the other will marry and try to be someone different. In the end, the sisters will come back to each other. They will fight, they will love, they will learn...together. The writing is eloquent, if a bit spare. The story left me wanting more, and I can't explain why.

The prequel, The Rules of Magic came out on October 10, 2017 and tells the story of the aunts. I definitely need to read this one sooner, rather than later.

Joanella Apr 05, 2015

A very enjoyable read. Delightful and entertaining.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

The Washington Post coined the phrase Yankee Magical Realism to describe Hoffman's work. In the Owen family, three generations of women weave their spells of magic and love, making lilacs bloom out of season and hearts race with passion. An amazing read from an author who improves with each book.

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isingalto
Jun 12, 2014

Alice Hoffman's magical realism and prose delight me. I will eat her words (in the best, most delicious way possible).

I think of this as one of my "safety blanket books" that I have reread countless times. Sometimes I'll just pick it up and read a portion because it makes me feel comfortable and happy - hence, safety blanket book.

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epurys
Nov 20, 2012

It's sacrilege when people prefer the movie over the book, especially when the book isn't pandering to its audience. Hoffman has a certain touch to all her books and has just the right amount of detail to give you an idea of what's going on. In comparison to the movie, this book isn't strictly plot driven. It mostly describes the lives of the characters and the transformations they go through. In comparison to the movie....it's more honest and authentic. The movie touches at your romantic core while the book is just touching. Nuff said.

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sldoug
Jun 13, 2012

Good, relatively light reading. I loved how magic was casually interspersed into the story.

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