Descargá gratis el libro Practical Magic - For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that went wrong in their. The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Rules of. Practical Magic. byAlice Hoffman. Publication date PublisherBerkley For print-disabled users. Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files.
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She tells him that the important thing is that Jimmy cannot hurt anyone any more and Gary tells her that he has to think about this. When Sally arrives home she finds that Jimmy's haunting is continuing and Gillian tells her that they need to call their aunts.
The aunts arrive and help to rid the house of Jimmy's ghost and the girls realize that the aunts do love them and had enjoyed having the girls around all those years; they had just shown it uniquely. That Thanksgiving, Sally and Gillian spend the holiday with the aunts and the family has grown together and become complete.
Sally has received a letter from an investigator from Tuscon explaining that a body had been found in the desert and identified as Jimmy. While at the aunts, Sally is surprised to find that Gary has come back to her.
Sally knows that you should fall in love whenever you can. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Practical Magic from BookRags. All rights reserved. Toggle navigation. Sign Up. Sign In. Get Practical Magic from site. View the Study Pack. View the Lesson Plans. Yet the book is so far removed from the movie, they are hardly relatable at all, with such flimsy linkages, you could actually see This is the first time in my reading life that I can say that the movie is better than the book.
Yet the book is so far removed from the movie, they are hardly relatable at all, with such flimsy linkages, you could actually see them as two completely different stories. The books is slow, very American, with a somewhat annoying narration. I did not love any of the main characters, and for a book that makes a vague attempt at being supernatural, many of the 'magical' things that happened in the book were less believable because it did not step strongly enough into the supernatural theme.
It was like any other suburban novel, with a few sparkly tweaks. I've never been so disappointed in a novel. I was looking forward to really knowing the Aunts, to feel myself in that old house, but it wasn't too be.
I felt like I was reading just some book, not the original premise of my favourite movie. I'm completely bummed. View 2 comments. Oct 23, Celeste rated it really liked it Shelves: Full review now posted! This book is perfect for them; its magical and uncanny and feels perfect for fall. There are ghosts, supposed witches, magical gardens, and lots of black cats.
And the entire story revolves around the women of the Owens family, their unusual attractiveness and their troubles with love.
Even though the story transpires over years and every season, it feels quintessentially autumnal. There is a Full review now posted! There is a pretty famous movie adaptation of this book, which I haven't yet seen, but if it's anything like the novel that inspired it I'm sure it would be a fun, cozy movie to watch right around Halloween.
The Owens women are unlike anyone else. They draw men to themselves like flies are drawn to honey. Gillian and Sally, orphaned sisters who are raised by their unusual aunts. They were given an uncommon amount of freedom, which affects both girls different.
Gillian is a wild child, who as an adult seems allergic to setting down roots anywhere or with anyone. Sally, on the other hand, has struggled to give her own daughters a perfectly normal life, in a town where no one knows her unusual family history. But trouble manages to find her anyway, in the form of her wayward sister. But the central theme of the story is surrendering to love, especially when you least expected it. Which is a theme that honestly makes me roll my eyes and groan internally.
I hate insta-love stories. There was a lot to enjoy in this book.
The writing style was lovely; there something gentle and sweet about the flow of the prose. The narrative was vivid and lush and compelling. I could smell the lavender and feel breezes with no known source brush my face and taste magic sizzling on my tongue.
The pace meandered, but the story unfolded quickly enough to prevent the tale from feeling slow. It was a fun, sweet, short novel, and perfect for readers looking to get into the Halloween spirit without being scared in the process. Original review can be found at Booknest. View all 8 comments. 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 I was a little hesitant about the rating to give this book. There are shifting personalities in the characters and twisting attitudes about right and wrong.
As always I felt it incumbent on me to mention that some love this book, but I find it terribly flawed and almost went all the way down to 1 star. It is saved by a few odd plot points and it's readability. In my "chauvinistic" way, I'd say this book will be far more popular with women than with men, but I found it readable. The author is known for writing YA books The book is somewhat like a romantic ghost story, with a sort of mystery tacked on at the end. This was needed to give the romance finality.
I could go into a lot of problems in the book This view partially accounts for the high divorce rate. The book also drops the "F" bomb now and again for no real apparent reason other than to impress us with the teenage rebellion it signals and possibly the book's daring.
Well, I'd say "in short" here, but it's too late I didn't hate the book, but I didn't like it ether. View all 13 comments. Nov 12, Britany rated it really liked it Shelves: This is one of my all time favorite movies, I constantly asked myself, "How have I never read this book? Oh, this book was all that I wanted from this story. Completely different from the movie and a strong focus on the two main ladies- Sally and Gillian. Two sisters quickly orphaned and raised by their Aunts two of my very favorite characters in this book!
The neighborhood in Massachusetts took every opportunity to make fun of these sisters as they ha This is one of my all time favorite movies, I constantly asked myself, "How have I never read this book?
The neighborhood in Massachusetts took every opportunity to make fun of these sisters as they had a spooky aura surrounding them. After watching helpless women show up at the Aunts' back doorstep looking for help in the love department- they vowed never to fall in love. Gillian ran away to explore the world and Sally finally gave in and fell in love with the carpenter in town. She had two beautiful girls- Antonia and Kylie. You know how the story goes, but ultimately what makes this book drastically different from the movie is it's focus and the only slightly magical pieces thrown into the narrative.
The writing was wonderful and the mini magical elements thrown in really hooked me. I appreciated the character development and am looking forward to Hoffman's newest novel, The Rules of Magic. This might be my favorite magical family-- right up there with the Waverly sisters. View all 12 comments.
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 This is a really good book. It seems as though they are going to repeat the pattern of Sally and her sister Gillian. But you need to read to find out how that turns out. Jan 10, bookczuk rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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 marryi reviewI just love this book, really.
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 which never escapes from them.
Many years go by before strange circumstances thrust them together again, and again they are in a world that blends the mundane and the mysterious, the familiar and the fantastic, the normal and the numinous.
Three generations of Owens women are then united in an experience of unexpected insight and revelation, teaching all of them that the perceptions provided by what is called the magical are rare and wonderful endowments. Fun to listen to on audio after reading the recently published The Rules of Magic which is a prequel. Husband wanted to read it so we listened to the book on audible. Didn't hold up as well as I'd have liked, and while we did enjoy it, I have to agree with Javaczuk that Hoffman's style of description is a little like the "Most interesting man in the world" commercials.
Feb 24, Mackey rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was first book to read by Alice Hoffman and now I suspect I will read all of her books in one quick, furious reading marathon. Her rhythm and cadence allows the reader to feel as though she is speaking directly to you, telling you a long, wonderful story, rather than you - the reader - plowing through a book. Hoffman is delightful, her characters full of quirk and charm. You want to know them, to be them and never let them go when you are finished.
What more can a reader ask of an author or This was first book to read by Alice Hoffman and now I suspect I will read all of her books in one quick, furious reading marathon. What more can a reader ask of an author or from a book?
Nov 19, Lizzy rated it did not like it Shelves: Sorry, Ms. Hoffman, but it is too YA for me View all 4 comments. Oct 24, Helen Power rated it liked it Shelves: Practical Magic follows Owens sisters Gillian and Sally as they live their lives. They grow up in a town in Massachusetts where their family is shunned by the entire town. It is believed that the women in their household are responsible for every terrible or even mildly inconvenient thing that happens.
I fell in love with the writing style within the first few lines. Hoffman is both eloquent and tantalizing with each word that she has so carefully selected. It begins with a narrative setting the scene, but around fifty pages in, I realized that the whole book was like this.
Pages after pages of long paragraphs, with very little action to move the plot forward. Every now and then there is dialogue, but the nature of the narrative pulls the reader away from what is happening.
Not only is the book beautifully written, but it is beautifully twisted. I love how Hoffman incorporated little tidbits of witchcraft into her descriptions of things: It is the season of reversals, when the birds no longer sing in the morning and the evenings are made up of equal parts golden light and black clouds.
I had a hard time relating to the characters. Even Hoffman, in her describing of characters, never spent much time talking about their other traits.
The way Gillian has literally every man falling head over heels in love with her was a tad tedious. It was amusing with Gillian, because she did it a million times, but every character did it, which made it less amusing and more aggravating. When Gillian kills her boyfriend and buries him in the backyard, I thought, Finally! This is getting interesting! But not much of interest happened after that.
I have seen the movie Practical Magical several times, the last time was actually today, the day after I finished the book for the first time. Well, I did start watching the movie before I started the book. However, I decided to read the book before I finished the movie. I had a very good reason for that. This is one of those times when the book is n I have seen the movie Practical Magical several times, the last time was actually today, the day after I finished the book for the first time.
This is one of those times when the book is nothing like the movie, however, that doesn't make the movie bad. I really liked it before I read the book, and I still like it after reading the book. They are just like night and day and there are things I miss in the book, like the spell Sally casts to not fall in love.
However, the book is really good as well, I love the way Hoffman writes. This is the first book I have read by the author, but I have several books and now I can't wait to read them. It only took my one day to read Practical Magic, it's an easy book to read, engrossing and never boring. I like the characters, and knowing that the prequel will be about the aunts to Sally and Gillian really make me eager to start reading The Rules of Magic soon.
Practical Magical is a great book, and if you have never read the book do I recommend reading it. It's charming, but with a serious tone. View all 3 comments. Jul 30, Jennifer Gaarder rated it really liked it. See my reviews at htttp: Rich, independent and soon accused of theft. When Maria Owens appeared the very next morning with her arm in a sling, and her white hand wound up in a white bandage, people felt certain they knew the reason why.
For the most part, what they do and who they are, for the girls, they are benevolently absent in their lives. The girls can do whatever they want, whenever they want. The dangers of real love become all the more prevalent and dangerous to the Owens girls.
One will run away and get married; the other will live a life of wild times. But the bonds they share will bring them back, as if by magic.
Do not get confused with the movie version; however, they are very different from each other. If you have not seen the movie yet, then I suggest that you read the book first. The style is the same for this book as it was for the last book, although a little bit slower.
Introducing the aunts seemed a little two dimensional.
They had little character, and I did not like that. I would have liked to see more of them as stable people in the story as they had much to do with the girls' upbringing. The stories of the aunts' pasts didn't match up completely, and that was a bit of a disappointment. The things that the sisters experienced as adults were unusual.
I would gather that is because they were uncommon in extraordinary circumstances. Sally tried to be standard with a healthy life, and Gillian wanted to be a party girl with an abnormal experience.
They needed the Aunts because they got in over their head and because they never cared so much about magic in the past.
In this book, it came in the form of Gillian. I thought it was a good story and not too romantic, although the love needed to be part of it because the Owens women were destined not to have it. The writing in Alice Hoffman's books is always spectacular. This book was no exception. The story flowed nicely with smooth, but challenging text. She constructed wise, yet not too hard words and proper grammar.
She is a seasoned writer and enjoyable at that. This story encompasses the main plot and a few subplots which tie in nicely in the end. The primary plot centers around an investigation that arises when something happens between Gillian and her on and off again" boyfriend.
However, Sally does end up helping her, and this spawns some other subjects that move along leaving a story that ends in a way that is not too surprising, but not disappointing at the same time. I liked the story of how Sally and Gillian vastly different from each other.
One wanted freedom and wanted adventure. The other wanted to be stiff and regular and she had it for a while until the tragedy happened. Gillian never changed, and that was something that I did not admire. Sally seemed almost too reasonable, but given the circumstances of her upbringing, it comes as no surprise that she would want something completely different than her past. I admire her for making her way from her past.
However, I also admire her courage to embrace what and who she is later on in the story. Gillian and Sally are sent to live with their aunts when their mother and father die in a fire. The girls are certain that they are a burden to the aunts and try not to be in the way.
They are tormented by the other children in the town and when Gillian turns eighteen, she elopes with a boy whom she has been dating for a few months. Sally and Gillian promise not to be apart for long but it will be years before they see each other again.
Sally gets married and has two daughters, Antonia and Kylie, but her husband is killed by a drunk driver. Sally grieves for her husband and then takes her daughters and leaves for New York in order to have a normal life. Sally has lived in her home for many years and Kylie is about to turn thirteen and Antonia is sixteen when Gillian shows up at their house one night. She explains to Sally that she has accidentally killed her boyfriend, Jimmy, by giving him nightshade.