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Magia e Sedução

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  29,698 ratings  ·  2,035 reviews
Gillian e Sally Owens são duas órfãs que foram educadas pelas tias numa pequena vila. Criadas como crianças normais tiveram desde cedo de lidar com a fama da família Owens. Com efeito há mais de dois séculos que as mulheres da família conhecem os segredos das ervas, das curas e dos rituais para proteger as colheitas. As pessoas da cidade chamam-lhes bruxas mas recorrerem a ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published October 3rd 2011 by Arcádia (first published 1995)
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Tzivia Adler I liked the movie much better! In general I am finding with this author that I don't like how she plots out her books, very disjointed and without a…moreI liked the movie much better! In general I am finding with this author that I don't like how she plots out her books, very disjointed and without a proper plot line, and the movie had a great story!(less)
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[Review written by my high school self]
I used to love the movie for this book, and I didn’t even know until after I had seen it that it was originally in book form. After finally getting a copy of the book and reading it, something magical happened: I didn’t know which one I liked better. Usually, having to decide favorites between the book and the movie is very easy. Except in the case of Grisham's The Pelican Brief, I almost always prefer the book versions. In some cases (as with Gone with th
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Apr 13, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Adult Fairytales
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Theresa
Remember being addicted to dark fairytales like Aesop’s & Grimm’s as a kid? Then at around ten figuring it’s time you grew up, setting them aside & heading over to the library teen section? Have you missed them all these years? Check out magical realism. Hey, the same twisted supernatural tales, riddled with conflict & hidden meanings –repackaged for grownups!
Practical Magic was published long before another of this genre I just read - Garden Spells - they’re both good and pretty si
This is one of those rare examples of the movie being better than the book. Yeah. I somehow managed to get through it, but this book was like one never-ending series of mood-setting lists. An example:

"Sally thought long and hard each time she hung up the phone. She thought about the girl in the drugstore and the sound of Antonia’s footsteps on the stairs when she went to bed without a good-night hug. She thought about Michael’s life and his death, and about every second they had spent together.
I think it’s official that I’m not a super-huge fan of Alice Hoffman.

This book just dragged for me. “For Christ’s sake!” I would shriek at the endless pages, “If I have to hear ONE MORE DESCRIPTION of how the sight of Gillian’s neck causes grown men to drop their wives and either propose or accidentally drive into telephone poles, I WILL CLAW OUT MY EYES!”

I didn’t, but it was close.

I couldn’t figure out exactly what the deeeep meeeaaaaning was behind the writing. Was it, “Go ahead and kill your
This is the first time in my reading life that I can say that the movie is better than the book. I honestly wish that I'd read the book first, because the monumental let down of reading the book after the movie has been something I cannot reconcile. The movie is beautiful, the storyline is engaging and witty, and the characters draw you in and make you laugh and cry. Yet the book is so far removed from the movie, they are hardly relatable at all, with such flimsy linkages, you could actually see ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This is a really good book. I couldn't put it down. It's good as many genres, coming of age, romance, fantasy, family drama, all of the above. It's so well-written and the language is beautiful and affecting. The words painted an image that was vivid and alive in my mind. Strangely enough, I pictured Sandra Bullock, who plays her in the movie, as Sally. I loved the extended narrative about Sally's daughters, which was missing from the movie. It seems as though they are going to repeat the patter ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I was a little hesitant about the rating to give this book. There are what I would call, good moments. Mostly I don't care for it. There is an odd streak of amorality underlying it (I can just hear someone asking "who's morals are you talking about"). You have the two old ladies referred to as "the aunts" who raise a young girl to be selfish, obstinate, and rebellious (treating these as the best of good desirable traits) and then wondering that tragedy follows. There are shifting personalities i ...more
I just love this book, really. It makes me smile just to think about it. I've read it twice now, and in a year or so will be ready for a re-read. The movie is good, too, but I love the book best, An Utterly Delightful novel about the magic of life.

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Practical Magic is a tale of two sisters, Gillian and Sally Owens, brought up by their two elderly guardian aunts in a world of spells and exotica from which they eventually escape - one by running away, the other by marrying - but wh
I have always loved fairy tales. Call it clinging to childhood, Peter Pan syndrome,whatever. The magical realm has seen me through from the dreams of childhood to the wishful thinking of adolescence to the often harsh realities that are part and parcel of being an adult.
Practical Magic is the story of three generations of the Owens women.The aunts, elderly sisters who take in and raise their orphaned nieces. Feared and often publicly shunned,but furtively sought after in the gloaming of the da
Mandy Jo
This week’s headline? Call the corners

Why this book? break for fiction

Which book format? used first edition

Primary reading environment? on the couch

Any preconceived notions? love the movie

Identify most with? right now, Sally

Three-word quote? “years of practice”

Goes well with? vegan ice cream

Fans of the Sandra Bullock movie will be pleased to know that, although there are many disparities between the novel and the screenplay, margaritas are definitely present in the book.

Granted, they’re not call
Amanda Nuñez
I freely admit that I saw Griffin Dunne's film adaptation before reading the novel itself, so I had high expectations. What I'm about to say next is rare for me: I was actually very disappointed with this book. Yes, it delved nicely into the intricate relationships between the sisters, their aunts, the psychotic boyfriend, etc., but the fact of the two sisters being witches was barely mentioned, much less any detail regarding their magical abilities. This was one of -- if not THE -- main reasons ...more
Claire Beresford
For the first time ever in the world of book to film I thought the film was much better. I liked the nice aunts and the fact that Sally and Gillian stayed in their home town. However, without comparing it to the film, it was an enjoyable read; great depth that the film did not give. It was presented from all sides, including the new generation in Sally's children, this gives you an inside scoop to everyone's thoughts and actions. I believe the characters gets a little boring in the middle of the ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
So I read this book again. It's way better than the movie. I like this book even though it has things I hate like instalove. Like some dude sees a chick and is all like oooo. And she's all like ooooo and they are all like IT'S TRUE LOVE WE ARE IN LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. Which is a bit annoying.

But, in this somewhat magical book it works and it's not as if you have someone who stays in love with someone terrible. They soon learn they can do better and deserve more.

This book centers around witch
2.5 stars.

This book was a mixed bag for me.On the one hand, I pretty much dig the writing style and the mood that Alice Hoffman sets in this one. I tend to like magic realism, and this is the "chick lit" version. It was another seasonal fall read for me, and I was pretty receptive to what it had to offer. It seems like a good book for cooling weather & lengthening nights.

I also enjoyed the family element, and all the relationships between women. The book dealt (fairly compassionately) with i
A recurring theme with the books I choose to read is that they more often than not have a film adaptation to accompany them. I know this isn't the best literary habit, and that I should be willing to branch out more into plots and subjects that interest me instead of seeking out the books that I am already familiar with in visual media, but often it follows that the book is better than the movie anyways, so it's a win-win situation. That was the case with this book. Purchased at a used book sale ...more
3.5 Stars

I admit I picked this up just because I have seen the movie and wanted to compare the two.

I found this book a bit dull to start with and I struggled to get into it. I can't stand insta-love. And this book is all about insta-love. Granted it is about two beauuutiful witches, that drive men crazy, but still. Other than this not much seems to happen in the first half of the book.

However after trudging through the first part of the book, it started to pick up and I found myself immersed en
Season NicKruspe
How can it be that a movie based on a book is better than the actual book? I recently rewatched Practical Magic and again fell in love with the sisters and their story. I found out it was a book and became excited and hoped the book would expand on the movie and talk about parts that were left out.
The book, was the Cliff's Notes version of the movie and actually was quite boring.
It starts off with poor, old Sally (even at the age of ten) feeling sorry for herself and realizing that she's just to
There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain…

When their parents died, Sally stepped up to bat, calming the sitter down long enough to have her riffle through her mother’s address book and called the aunts. If the aunts didn’t step up to the plate, Sally and Gillian would become wards of the state.

The aunts took them in. While growing up, Sally and Gillian are teased and tormented while growing up, asll all Owens daughters are. Gillian, the youngest, rude and selfish, runs
I really enjoyed reading Practical Magic.

This story is about the Owens family women who all seem to have special powers. Gillian and Sally are orphaned at a young age and go to live with their two elderly aunts in a Massachusetts town. The family has lived in the old and creepy house for over 200 years. The two girls are teased by other children who suspect they are witches. A bunch of black cats even follow the girls to school one day. Tired of being different Sally and Gillian long to escape
I wanted some light reading to get though January especially since the last book I read was an 800 Dickens novel, and this book fit the bill perfectly. I even ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would! It had just the right amount of what I guess would be called magical realism, and I loved the imagery (two sisters growing up in a run down mansion with two old aunts, it sounds like an Edward Gorey book!) and the moodiness. It seemed like there was a thunderstorm gathering in ever scene, w ...more
Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic is one of those rare occurrences where the source material is only used as a basis for the movie and then the movie is actually better because of it.
I picked up this Alice Hoffman book because I had really enjoyed her novel, "The Red Garden" and wanted to read more by her. Years ago I saw the B-movie that was based on this, but the Practical Magic movie was so forgettable that I was able to read the book with fresh eyes.

It's the story of two young sisters whose parents are killed and they are adopted by their aunts, who have magic powers. The sisters have opposite personalities and very different ideas about men, love and family. When they
This book is so different from the movie, which I saw before reading the book, that for once I think I actually preferred the movie. I would almost call the movie a "derivative work", not even an adaptation. I was disappointed that the aunts barely make an appearance, and not at all like the characters in the movie. It was a good read, very different writing style (little dialogue, mostly a stream-of-consciousness style). I guess you just have to think of the book and the movie as being unrelate ...more
After watching the movie (which I loved) and hearing good and bad reviews about this book, I had my hopes up, but I was prepared for a letdown. Turns out I didn't need to prepare for a letdown, though, because Alice Hoffman delivers with this book. Her writing style is a little different from what I usually read, but the story was captivating, the characters enchanting, and the overall it was a gem. I can't believe it took me so many years to finally pick it up.
Kelly Morris
I feel the same way about Pracitical Magic as I do about The Shining. Allow me to explain...

The Shining film, directed by Stanley Kubrick, is wonderful. It is a creepy, scary movie that I love. The Shining, written by Stephen King, is amazing. It is a thrilling, intense, emotional thriller that will keep you up at night. Although the film is based on the book, it is a very "loose" interpretation. My point here, is that both of these things are great, but they are great for totally different reas
During my move from Hawaii to the middle of the US I unwittingly packed my Kindle charger and was therefore deprived of all the literature that I wanted so desperately to read. Also, being the time of season of Halloween I was watching the movie Practical Magic and saw in the credits that the movie was based off of Alice Hoffman's book. I thought it would be the perfect read for Halloween! Unfortunately, I am yet again faced with another book where the movie was significantly better than the boo ...more
Even though I've read this book a few times before, it's just as good as the first time.

Alice Hoffman has what I call a cinematic style of bringing fairy-tale-like narrations to contemporary story and setting, specifically New England. So it's no surprise when this book was turned into a movie not long after publication. As a matter of fact, the movie is better known than the book. There are people who still don't know that it's only an adaptation.

- What I've always liked about this book is
Karen Powell
I had a poor opinion of Hoffman's writing after I read her later novel Here on Earth, her tribute to Wuthering Heights. That novel put me under the impression that Hoffman didn't get characters at all. After reading Practical Magic, I take that back. This novel is an extraordinary good character study of two vastly different sisters, and the two daughters of the one.[return][return]Fans of the film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman will get a different story here, but the central action ...more
I am a huge Alice Hoffman fan. This is one of her books I have put off reading, perhaps because it was a movie, which I did not see, but still knew about. Add in the fact that I'm not such a fan of the actresses who portrayed the main characters. But I decided to read it because I want to read everything by Hoffman. I wasn't crazy about the book. I don't know if she wrote it so the movie could be made, or what...but if I compare this one to her others, it's kind of like drinking a lite beer inst ...more
Beth Bonini
I was doing some late-night ironing and happened to catch the film version of this story, which reminded me that I never got around to reading the book. Well, let's just that there are different pleasures attached to each.

The book is much darker in every way: in regards to the relationship between sisters (which is its main theme); in regards to the pain of being different, being an outsider, making bad decisions, experiencing loss; in regards to "losing" yourself in love. The magic is downplay
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York ...more
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“There are some things, after all, that Sally Owens knows for certain: Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder. Keep rosemary by your garden gate. Add pepper to your mashed potatoes. Plant roses and lavender, for luck. Fall in love whenever you can.” 780 likes
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