The title, alone, could describe Hoffman's enchanting way with words. Her descriptions and narration place you *right there* with the other characters in Massachusetts. I love the juxtaposition of the two sisters - both pursued different paths, yet are bound by a commonality of the mystical.
If you've seen the movie and liked it, do yourself a favor and read this. It's better than the movie, offers more depth, and if you ask me, a better ending, too.
Wow. This book is so far from the movie it is a bit difficult to see how they can even say it's the same story. There are a very few things that are the same, and beyond that is a different story. But, it is a wonderful story and I have enjoyed reading it very much. In my opinion, it is better than the movie, as most books are. The characters have more depth and a wider variety of emotions. The story covers a longer period of time. The story is even set in a different town and state than the movie. All in all, I highly recommend this book. And, if you like the movie, you will love the book!!
This book maybe just isn't my style or something. I found it very difficult to finish. This is one time (and I don't think I have ever said this) that I have to say Hollywood did the better job. Just wasn't happy with this book. I wouldn't recommend it.
This is a good book, Its not like the movie, except for maybe a few lines and parts of the plot. But otherwise completely different, yet still good.
For those who haven't seen the movie, Its about 2 sisters who are witches, but nothing alike, yet still close. They grow up living with their Aunts in a town where everyone doesn't like them, or fears them.
A good read. Alice Hoffman has a lyrical quality to her writing and there were a lot of quotes that were noteworthy. The book seemed to end abruptly, however, with all the ends tied, but not the pleasant meandering that the rest of the book took. Suddenly, everything was finished and they all lived happily ever after. Also, it was not very similar to the movie at all. But still a good read.