Practical Magic

Practical Magic

Book - 1995
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Orphaned at an early age, Gillian and Sally Owen are raised by an aunt who deals in sorcery. The girls long for the normal life and leave home as soon as they can. Years later tragedy strikes and it is then they realize that magic is their gift, not their affliction. By the author of Illumination Night.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1995.
ISBN: 9780399140556
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 24 cm.


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Pretty writing but no plot and for the most part, shallow, immature characters. I did not finish the book.

Oct 29, 2020

Beautiful book and movie too....Must read and watch too....What did happen to VPL movie I wonder? Time to reorder? 😁

Aug 05, 2020

Missed the movie but pretty sure I would like it even though it would by necessity be different. It was a good summer book and will likely read the prequel.

Oct 29, 2019

Not like the movie! The movie tried it's best to depict Sally's cold and mean streak. Jillian gets married several times and they are not close like in the movie. The ending in the movie is definitely made up by Hollywood, but I actually love it. The movie is more relevant now than ever before. Mr. Hallet is not summoned via a spell but rather is just naturally enchanted by Sally. The aunts have a very little role and they don't live them. I think they should've kept the scene in the book with the drug store girl more, the dove scene is the drug store girl but the side story of that woman should've been depicted a bit more. Sally's girls are teenagers in the book and in the movie they are little girls. I don't regret reading it but I think this is a rare occasion where the movie is better than the book.

Nov 27, 2018

A fun read with fantastic characters. I loved it

Oct 30, 2018

I love, love, love this movie. The book is nothing like it of course. I still liked it, I like Alice Hoffeman's story telling, but there is no "Magic" in the book version of Practical magic.
Gillian and Sally don't really have powers. They are both beautiful. Gillian can make a man fall for her and sally is a strong independent woman raising two daughters alone after her true love husband dies in a freak accident.. but neither character is witchy. They are both normal women trying to figure out who they are and run away from their past.. and there is some love thrown in.. but no famous Owen's curse to break. They get haunted by a ghost after burying the body of Gillian's no good boyfriend in the yard, oops she thinks she killed him with nightshade, she was giving him so he would not beat her.

the most interesting part of this is Sally's daughters who are teenagers in the book version.. not little kids.
The Aunts are not around much either. This is one case where the movie is better than the book. that being said if you like the movie.. read "The rules of magic" its the story of the Aunts and how they grew up facing the owen's family curse.. the prequel seems more like a prequel to the movie that to the book.

Aug 10, 2018

I love Alice Hoffman. I love her characters and their relationships and the mix of knowing and unknowing they all have. My first book of hers was the prequel and I’ve literally been consuming everything of hers I can get my hands on since. There are so many layers to everyone. She is magic for me. If you are someone who feels a little on the outside, a little different, maybe even for reasons you can’t put into words. Or someone who loves your family fiercely even though they make you crazy and are moderately to really dysfunctional, you will relate. I love my sister like crazy. She’s wild and I’m practical. We are both dreamers. These women are totally relatable for me. So much better than the movie. Great read. I would totally recommend to a friend.

Feb 25, 2018

I could not read this book because it made me fall asleep it was so hodrum boring. I tried and tried for 3 days to read but it just put me to sleep for about 2 hours. I am an insomniac that is lucky to get more than 2 hours a night of sleep so for this reason it was a good book for me but I am just soo bored with this book that I returned it early. Obviously it was not my cup of Tea . I cannot stand Oh Woe is me crap..

ArapahoeAshley Jan 05, 2018

While there are many stories unfolding for each individual, this book is really about family relationships and love. The character development was great and the flow of the book felt effortless.

First, let me start off by confessing that I did see the movie first. I saw the movie years ago when it first came out and loved it. It is still one of my favorites. I guess the real question is, what took me so long to read the book? I can't answer that, except to say that the book is very different from the movie. (I hate to say it, but I did like the movie better.)

When I saw that Hoffman released a prequel of sorts to this novel, I decided it was time to read this one. It is still the story of sisters. Both wanting more than just being an Owens woman and the burdens that carries. One sister will run away, the other will marry and try to be someone different. In the end, the sisters will come back to each other. They will fight, they will love, they will learn...together. The writing is eloquent, if a bit spare. The story left me wanting more, and I can't explain why.

The prequel, The Rules of Magic came out on October 10, 2017 and tells the story of the aunts. I definitely need to read this one sooner, rather than later.

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