Incantation has ratings and reviews. J-Lynn said: This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. Set in Spain in , Estrella DeMadr. Oct 4, Incantation. by Alice Hoffman. “A monster is hard to see and even harder to kill. It takes time to grow so huge, time to crawl up into the open air. May 20, Echoes of the Holocaust reverberate through this 16th-century tale of a young Spanish woman who discovers through love, betrayal and.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Incantation by Alice Hoffman. Incantation by Alice Hoffman Goodreads Author. From a New York Times bestselling author comes a journey of loss and rebirth with a startling premise inspired by historical fact. Estrella is a Marrano: Estrella’s discovery that her family secretly practices the ancient way of wisdom known as kabbalah leads her to her true se From a New York Times bestselling author comes a journey of loss and rebirth with a startling premise inspired by historical fact.
Estrella’s discovery that her family secretly practices the ancient way of wisdom known as kabbalah leads her to her true self and true love-but also to hoffma devastating confrontation with unimaginable evil, unleashed by the betrayal of a friend.
With themes of faith, friendship, and persecution, Alice Hoffman’s tragic and beautiful novel resonates profoundly in our times.
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Lists with This Book. Dec 20, J-Lynn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. Set in Spain inEstrella DeMadrigal is a normal teenage girl whose everyday life revolves around her well respected family and her best friend, Catalina.
This barbaric act signals a rebirth of anti-semitism and as the government decrees against Jews heighten, Estrella realizes that her family may have reason to be afr This book is a beautiful telling of a horrific story. This barbaric act signals a rebirth of anti-semitism and as the government decrees against Jews heighten, Estrella realizes that her family may have reason to be afraid.
The slim book packs a powerful story complete with secrets, betrayal, forbidden love, and torture. Isso, sim, achei que estava bem explorado e desenvolvido. Dec 07, Sarah Amelia rated it hoffnan was amazing Shelves: Such a gorgeous book! I read this last May, and now have found my copy… Incantation is the one of the best historical novels that I have ever read! Incnatation couldn’t put it down… Incantation is thrilling, beautiful, and just… unexplainable!
Even better the second time reading it! Alice Hoffman is an amazing author. She has the ability to write each novel like a poem. It feels like poetry, but with an incredible story to go along with it. But each book is so extremely sad, which is a hard emotion to write. Alice Hoffman’s books are super great, and the emotions they can control is extraordinary. Incantation, my second Hoffman book, is about a girl, Estrella, who is living in Spain in the ‘s. All her life, she has thought she was a Christian and thought she knew who s Alice Hoffman is an amazing author.
All her life, she has thought she was a Christian and thought she knew who she was. But as people in her nicantation begin brutally murdering and punishing secret Jews, she finds out secrets about her family and herself that she never knew before. Her family is Jewish, and they have been practicing the religion, without Estrella even knowing that her religion is different. To make things worse, Estrella falls in love with her best friend’s cousin, Andres.
The friend, Inczntation, becomes extremely jealous, as she had planned to marry Andres. The two who had been best friends for their lives began to split apart and become enemies.
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Catalina had been hiding behind a mask of jealousy her whole life, and she decided to get her revenge by turning in Estrella’s family. The sense of panic, love, and other emotions is so strong in this book. The way people were killed brought tears to my eyes and even made me see it like the characters were.
As they say in the book “Remember the story she is about to tell you”. True words, indeed, though this book is probably difficult to forget, anyway. Every time I sit down and read a book about the Spanish Inquisition, I’m shocked all over again. What pointless and horrid brutality. And though I’ve read a story with this theme and plot before, it still inccantation me. Terrific writing style and prose, though I have to say the dialogue being all italics instead of in “s is disconcerting.
You have a girl in Spain during these troubled times Her family crosses themselves differently, doesn’t eat pork, has mysterious visit Every time I sit down and read a book about the Spanish Inquisition, I’m shocked all over again. Ailce family crosses themselves differently, doesn’t eat pork, has mysterious visitors, etc. She discovers they and her are Jews. The wrong person finds out and you can imagine the rest.
Full review is on Book Babe: View all 4 comments. Jan 11, Jaemi rated it really liked it Shelves: She caught her first glimpse of a different side alic her best friend. She felt the evilness which had come up and inhabited her town.
She saw a part of her mother that scared her the same way her grandmother always had. Years ago, the Jews we all made to convert to Christianity or leave. Some refused both, and were forced to the outskirts, living behind a gate.
On the other side of town lived the Muslims, also not allowed too close to the Christians. But they were not quite as forbidden, and Estrella made trips to see them with her mother when she went to sell her yarns. But after the book burning, things get bleak. Her neighbors are arrested, accused of being Marranos. Estrella is lost in confusion. These are hogfman people who attend her church. Catalina and Estrella have been growing apart.
Catalina envies the pearls Estrella was given on her sixteenth birthday. She envies her looks. Estrella begins to see Catalina in a new light. But not incantaation light that would make her believe her own hodfman friend would destroy her family.
When the notices are posted in the plaza on how to spot incantatin hidden Jew, Estrella grows fearful. Though she was raised Catholic, all of the things on this list are things her family does.
She worries, but time passes, and things seem almost to return to normal. Until Catalina catches her with Andres. Her family is taken, one by one.
And thus the dominoes begin to fall. She struggles in vain to help her family, and cling to what little hope she has left. Aug 06, Abigayle Claire rated it it was ok. The length of this book was a blessing. I enjoyed it, but really only because it mystified me as I read.
With cryptic language and almost ethereal imagery, I could picture things, but it was almost as if the author did not want to present the situation as wholly real. The formatting was also unique, being divided by parts and scene breaks alone.
I actually grew to like this and it assisted me in reading the book so quickly. Looking at another of Hoffman’s books, I believe it is a style she util The length of this book was a blessing. Looking at another of Hoffman’s books, I believe it is a style she utilizes again. The setting of the Spanish town and the determination of everyone to be devoutly Catholic, so as not to be thought Jewish, was riveting and tense.
I believe this was the first book I had read in the Kncantation Inquisition. Lncantation, it did not disappoint, and the story weaving engaged me, but I felt that I never truly got to know the characters before something drastic happened to them. Often the poetry of the language would hhoffman me to doubt the details of the occurrences when it dipped into something that couldn’t be real.
I’ve never read a book and felt like the entire world it presents through the main character is in a haze.