As she did in The Foretelling, Hoffman offers another fascinating glimpse of a past civilization—with reverberations for both past and. Read Common Sense Media’s Incantation review, age rating, and parents guide. Incantation Book Poster Image Alice Hoffman · Historical Fiction; Incantation. Synopsis. An Entertainment Weekly “Books We Loved This Year” selection. Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award A Winter

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In addition to that she is passionately in love with Andres Catalina’s cousin yet she knows that their love is hopeless. Continue reading Show less. Looking at another of Hoffmn books, I believe it is a style she util The length of this book was a blessing.

Estrella’s mother, Abra, reminds Estrella that all people are in the end, the same, and will all go to the same green garden.

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Feb 25, Jonna rated it it was ok. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

It all starts with the burning books of a Jewish man who lives behind the gated part of town, where all the Jews who refuse to renounce their belief live. Catalina and Estrella have been growing apart. And she falls in love with Catalina’s cousin, Andres, which turns Catalina against her. This piece of literature in my opinion was like a time travel to the important events of history. This historical fiction is a one-day read, quick and easy.

Incantation Summary & Study Guide

Being so close to Amsterdam she can now imagine her future life where she can calmly continue her traditions and she will later be the one to pass her knowledge by recalling her past experiences, alicw pleading to the other generation to remember her past. Incantation, my second Hoffman book, is about a girl, Estrella, who is living in Spain in the ‘s.


But as people in her town begin brutally murdering and punishing secret Jews, she hhoffman out secrets about her family and herself that she never knew before. During her darkest hours, after her grandfather, mother and brother are brutally murdered, Estrella still refuses to compromise her values or her devotion to Andres, who returns her love despite the dangers.

For one the other perspective of something similar to a Holocaust, but in Spain rather than Germany. This book made me so sad. I am someone I would have never imagined.

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

With themes of faith, friendship, and persecution, Alice Hoffman’s tragic and beautiful novel resonates profoundly in our times. The friend, Catalina, becomes extremely incatation, as she had planned to marry Andres. Estrella finds that truth about her family and who she is, a hidden Jew.

I loved her description of the tiger lily that grew in the Muslim doctors front yard, and the symbolism of love depicted in it. The Marriage of Opposites. Her best friend, Catalina, full of jealousy over a boy, reports Estella’s family to the authorities, setting in motion a chain of arrests and trials which, in the end, leave only Estrella and her grandmother alive.

I think my favorite passages all had to do wit So I wasn’t convinced this was incahtation Spanish Inquisition. Terrific writing style and prose, though I have to say the dialogue being all italics instead of in “s is disconcerting. Often the poetry of the language would lead me to doubt the details of the occurrences when it dipped into something that couldn’t be real.


The fact that she is Jewish is kept from her until events prevent it from remaining a secret incantafion longer. Follow Us on Facebook. The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. Catalina and her mother turn in their neighbors, and later loot their home. It is a look at the way Jews were treated in 17th century Spain. First, they burn books; next, they rob Jewish and Muslim incantafion of their possessions, then torture or kill them.

I was rather surprised, but decided to give it a go anyway, as the storyline sounded rather intriguing. It was very queer, but the atrocities of the era were impacting.

As neighbor turns against neighbor, and friend against friend in the search to destroy the misunderstood practice of Judaism in the midst of a Christian town, Estrella learns you cannot always trust the people you thought you knew.

Even secondary and tertiary characters emerge fully formed, while Estrella’s spare, eloquent narrative evokes her sorrow and her determination to survive and never to forget the atrocities she has witnessed. This section contains words approx. The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Estrella lives a comfortable life as a Catholic in Spain aroundthe era of the Inquisition.

Even better the second time reading it!

Beautiful, terrifying, hopeful, tender, harsh, As others have said, this is a well written book about a little-known period in time. Want to Read saving…. Based on 2 reviews.