practical magic by alice hoffman

Written by Darlyn At Thursday, January 14, 2010
The Summary (copied from alice hoffman site):

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally endured that fate: 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 darkened house and their love concoctions and their crowd of black cats. All Gillian and Sally wanted to do was escape. One would do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they shared brought them back to each other, and to the magic they couldn’t escape. A delicious novel about witches and real love, family life and everyday spells. A literary incantation.

What i think about the book:

ehmmm..(clear my throat..), i think the book is a good..but i dont really expect much as i read quarter of it..because right ahead, i know the movie is a lot better than the book..maybe because i already watched the movie, then i'll sum up with this kind of confessions on the book.. naturally, the book is readable and i like how the story goes..simple, but also a bit captivate..i love fantasy plus a little romance in it..magic is sometime cool, but will cost you a lot if you don't aware of it's danger..sally and gillian knew that their life will never escape from the witchery lineage that they have since 200 years ago from maria owens, but they also longed for a normal life like others in non-magic way which people will accept you as who you are..sally is kind of timid, and gillian is very messed up, pretty but really messed all problems revolved around her..and sally is like her life saver..

hoffman thought of some cool love and magic conflict here..she made the love as the trigger of the owens's curse (one who marries owens will die when the time comes--this is very tragic idea), however, love also the obvious thing that conquers all in the end and in fact, break the curse..the only flaw i can find in this book is that, there were so much information/description's overlapping..the redundant of info's made me sometime confused, e.g; hoffman was telling what sally was thinking about gillian's problems and at the same time hoffman also described whatever gillian was thinking of jimmy angelov in sally's thinking.. and there's so much parts like that..

my thought on practical magic movie:

practical magic is kind of my favourite movie..i can watch it all over without bored..sally (sandra bullock) and gillian (nicole kidman) were awesome..later, after i knew that the movie was based on alice hoffman bestseller book, i hoped/wished that someday i can read the i already read the book, my curiosity of how the book might be is's only that, what they showed in the movie was only half of the book, and another half was made up..but whenever i watch it, i think it just goes with the flow and sometimes, made it even better than the everything was made sense..and now i think both of the movie and the book are just that good.. =p

My Rating: 4.5/5


  1. I've read so many good things about this book, Darlyn. I'm sorry some parts made you confused. I haven't read it though. I think I've watched the movie but cannot remember.

  2. I believe that I've watched this movie and really like it. Though seriously, when I watched it, I didn't know that it was adapted from a novel *lol*

  3. @ alice = maybe i'm not used to her writing style,i'm a slow reader after all..LOL..but i'm looking forward to her other books too.

    @ steph = then i'll wait for your's fun to know what's others opinion =p

    @shy = 1st time i watched the movie was in 2000..10 years later, i finally found and read the book..funny though ;p

  4. I love this movie, in fact, it's one of my favourites. Not sure about reading the book, will look out for it though. Great review!

  5. While I like the movie (allot actually) I LOVED the book. I felt like I knew Sally better from the book. Nice review.

  6. I will have to read this! I always loved the movie. Thanks for the review!


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