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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
From the Publisher
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...more
Practical Magic was published long before another of this genre I just read - Garden Spells - they’re both good and pretty si...more
If you're familiar with the movie, you'll know the basic characters from the book, but everything else is different. I was shocked at just HOW different. It really amazes me that someone condensed this story into the movie I...more
This particular book fell a little fla...more
The book is ten thousand times more profound than the film and explores each character like a cesspool, and each and every character is complex and unique. Unlike the movie though, the aunts are presented in a more far-off way in the book. They are vague and blurry,exc...more
Overall, it was OK. More than OK, but less than good. What is the word for that?
Perhaps it would have been more interesting had I not been reflecting back to the movie. Did I mention how bad the movie was?
Sally and Gillian are sisters who have magic in their blood. Their aunts take...more
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...more
Amazing. It has everything that just plucks at my heart strings and makes me smile: sister hood, love, romance, family history and the complexity of the relationships we form with other people. And what I love is that she manages to capture all these themes realistically. As in, Ms. Hoffman uses these themes without the book ever becomining sappy or overly "simple" to read. It's a g...more
"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....more
I didn't actually like it as much as that other one of hers I read, though, the name of which suddenly escapes me but was read recently. I really like that her stories feel a little fairy-tale-esque, but I'm not as enamored...more
walaupun dialog di buku ini sedikit dan lebih didominasi oleh narasi, Alice hoffman pintar sekali merangkai kata-kata sehingga narasi tersebut tidak bosan dibaca.
berkisah mengenai Sally Owens dan Gillian Owens yang harus tinggal bersama ke-2 bibi mereka karena orangtuanya yang meninggal dalam kebakaran. yang tidak mereka sadari pada awalnya adalah keluarga Owens merupakan keturunan penyi...more