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Incantation

Incantation

Scris de Alice Hoffman

Povestit de Jenna Lamia


Incantation

Scris de Alice Hoffman

Povestit de Jenna Lamia

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4.5/5 (59 evaluări)
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2 hours
Lansat:
Oct 2, 2006
ISBN:
9781423323631
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Descriere

Estrella deMadrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, sister, dearest friend, beloved. She is Star in the Night Sky, Truth in the Darkness. But truth is rare and precious in this cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked everything - love, life, family, faith.

Then: A startling discovery shakes Estrella's world to the core. And yet, it is something small and sweet that sets it aflame. A kiss. A kiss from someone she is forbidden to love.

As a new girl emerges from the cocoon of secrets in which she has been shrouded, passion burns and friendship crumbles - and betrayal unleashes a monstrous evil from the very deepest part of the earth. Estrella crosses over to a place she never thought she could be; she is someone she never could have imagined.

Remember the story she is about to tell you.

Lansat:
Oct 2, 2006
ISBN:
9781423323631
Format:
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Despre autor

Alice Hoffman was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island. She wrote her first novel, Property Of, while studying creative writing at Stanford University, and since then has published more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including the recent New York Times bestsellers The Museum of Extraordinary Things and The Dovekeepers. Two of her novels, Practical Magic and Aquamarine, have been made into films, and Here on Earth was an Oprah’s Book Club choice. All told, Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty languages and one hundred foreign editions. She lives outside of Boston.


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  • (5/5)
    Anything by Alice Hoffman is going to be good. Incantation is no exception. It tells a brief story of a family of Jews during the Spanish Inquisition. It is a story of love, hate, betrayal, and loss. Worth the read and can be read in one sitting, if desired.
  • (5/5)
    This young adult novel is small but the subject matter really packs a punch. It took me only two hours to read, but I suspect it will stay with me a good while. Estrella, is 16 years old in the year 1500. This is the year that the Spanish Inquisition comes to the town she lives in. Estrella knows little about the Jews in her town, other than that they live in their own area and wear red circles sewn on their clothing. She and her family attend one of the Catholic churches in the town, the one further from their house. They light candles on Friday nights, and make the sign of the cross a little differently from most of the people in town, but Estrella never gives this a thought. She and her best friend, Catalina from next door, have planned to stay close for their whole lives, living close together and raising their children together. But that isn’t to be. Catalina has an understanding with her cousin Andres; they will marry when the time comes, although she treats him somewhat disdainfully. Although they fight it, Andres and Estrella fall in love- and Catalina sets out to destroy Estrella and her family. It’s an easy thing for Catalina to do, because- although Estrella doesn’t know it- they are Jews just pretending to be Catholic, which makes them even worse in the eyes of the Inquisition. Worse, Estrella’s mother is a healer, her father a scholar and a surgeon, all things that mark them as witches. Told in the first person, we get the full force of Estrella’s horror as she watches her family destroyed. She learns that not only is Catalina not who Estrella thought she was, but Estrella herself is not who she thought she was. It’s a jolting enlightenment and a brutal coming of age that she goes through. The story is told beautifully; there is not one wasted word in the book. It reads like it could be set to music. Love, fear, prejudice, stupidity, jealousy, ignorance; it has all the ingredients for an opera. I think this is a valuable book for teens; the Inquisition isn’t something that’s mentioned much in school and it needs to be remembered.
  • (4/5)
    The opposing forces of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal underscore this brief but rich tale set during the Spanish Inquisition. Told by 16-year-old Estrella deMadrigal, the novel shows how gruesome beliefs nourished by ignorance and prejudice destroyed the lives of countless people. Hoffman weaves a tale of a close friendship between two teens, Estrella and Catalina. Both envision that their lives will be intertwined forever. However, there is a secret about Estrella and her family that unfolds in spurts. The deMadrigals are Jews who follow their religion in secret, appearing to the world as good Catholics in order to escape persecution. Hoffman, a master storyteller, has captured this harsh time and the fragile lives of the hidden Jews. On one level this is the story of a friendship and the deadly interference of jealousy. It is also a story of the power of love and the resilience of the human spirit. Estrella develops incredible strength as she tries to save herself and her grandmother. Ultimately, it is the love of a Christian, Catalina's cousin Andres, that saves her. Hoffman's lyrical prose and astute characterization blend to create a riveting, horrific tale that unites despair with elements of hope.
  • (4/5)
    This book deals with some dark aspects and in ways can be emotionally draining. I found it very well written a type of prose that made the emotion easier to deal with. The books telling message can be that in spite of all the horror, the evil, the darkness that humans can level on each other and the world, that love endures, nay, even survives all of this...love makes you want to survive, have a reason to survive, if only to remember those that have passed, memories preserved with love. The ending is what made the book tolerable to me, and let a release of all that emotion.
  • (4/5)
    Incantation is a good historical novel about Spanish Jews (Marranos) during the Inquisition. Some tag the book as YA, but, even though the central character is a 16 year old girl, it is far to violent for children. Perhaps older children can take it, I barely could. The grandfather in the story says that Jews aren't safe anywhere because the people of a country make the rules and the rules are always changing against them. Thus the necessity for Israel. Recommended to anyone who wonders why the Jews can't just get along with people.
  • (3/5)
    This was an ok read. A little dull, not like the other books of Alice Hoffman's I have read. It did not have that magical element that I am always excited about in her books. However, the story is a very sad one.
  • (5/5)
    This story was magical and mesmerizing, as well as painful and beautiful. It really showed how people treat others they don't understand. It makes you think about life and the world, as well as the paths you should take. The story in itself was beautifully written. I highly recommend this book.
  • (4/5)
    What an interesting look at genecide. In a fictional world, somewhere in Spain, there is a little town where the church has run out people of the Jewish faith and confines Muslims in one quarter. The church and government appear to be one and seek to rid themselves of people of the jewish faith that are hidden within the community. Estrella lives there with her family with little to no problems until a little dispute sets her world upside down. Jenna Lamia does a great job with narration, and brings to life this unique voice and world. A short, but powerful story.
  • (4/5)
    An interesting story of a family persecuted for their belief during the Spanish Inquisition. A teenager learns that all she thought she knew of her family was incorrect and she strives with the world that she is living in and the adult she fast becomes.
  • (5/5)
    This book mesmerized me and I read it in one sitting. It is about a village in Spain, during the 15th or 16th century, inhabited by Christians, Muslims and Jews. The Jews live behind a gated wall which is locked each night. Their books are all burned and they are all considered as heretics. The entire village knows that they will all perish one day.Those Jews who wish to live, live a life of pretense. They pretend to have Christian names, they pretend not to observe the Sabbath, they pretend all the while not do the Jewish things that they do.The main characters of the book are a Jewish girl, Esther; no one knows that is her real name and her friend Catalina. Catalina is not a Jew. She does not know that her best friend is a Jew. Esther's brother is in Seminary as becoming a Catholic priest is one way to help protect the Jews. She lives with her mother, grandmother and grandfather who is a teacher. Unbeknownst to the community, he teaches the village Jews at night in a cellar room. He is also a surgeon and only the Jewish community knows that as well.Catalina's intended falls in love with Esther and when Catalina discovers this she becomes so angry that she turns the family in as Jews. What follows is horrible. Actually, what goes on throughout the entire book is horrible.This book is written by Alice Hoffman. A writer I have yet to see "blow" a book. I highly recommend this book. It is short, easy to read, but I wouldn't have a child under 15 or 16 read it.I, however, know that within the next 6 months, I will have read it again. I have never read material like this written in such a simplistic manner. Kudos to Hoffman. She has done it again.
  • (3/5)
    Terror and grief are intermingled with love and fidelity. This tale transcends time. Though historically based, the fictional characters are timeless. Their struggles about humanity and loyalty and love reveal to the reader truths about humanity: time unfortunately does not change how differing beliefs and cultures react to one another. The friendship between Catalina and Estrella seems typical and almost too predictable, as does the humans named Estrella and Andres falling in love seems timeless; yet, far-fetching is the thought that a Catholic and Jew would marry during this time period. Hoffman inspires introspection as to where our society ranks in regard to similar tales. A definite companion book for any teen interested in Jewish history.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this book, but it literally hurt my heart while I was reading it and again is giving me a nauseous feeling as I write about it. I highly recommend it for teens and adults as a really good, quick read, but caution recommending it to younger students. While the content and level would be understandable for a lot younger, the events are vividly described and I found them to be very disturbing.
  • (5/5)
    What happens when a young woman (16) learns that her entire life has been a lie? This is what happens to Estrella di Madrigal in Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. She watches as those around her are arrested, tortured, and put to death because they are Conversos (Jews who have converted to Christianity). She feels for them but is happy that she and her family attend the Christian church headed by Friar DeLeon and that her brother is a seminarian. Estrella's best friend and neighbor is Catalina. They have been close since birth but it is Catalina's cousin Andres, who lives with Catalina's family, that ultimately causes the rift between the two girls. Catalina has always believed that she and Andres would be married. But Andres sees Catalina as a sister while he looks at Estrella in love. With the horrors of the Spanish Inquisition as a backdrop, Estrella soon learns from her honored grandfather that she is Esther, that her entire family are Marranos (Jews converted to Christianity but who practice judaism in secret). Because of Estrella's love for Andres and his for her, Catalina and her family betray the Madrigals; Estrella watches from the shadows of the crowds as her family is first denounced, then tortured, and finally put to death. She is the only one to escape. This book is short but packs a mighty punch. Easy enough to read in one sitting but don't, no matter how much you are tempted. Take time to digest what you are reading here. Although meant for the younger reader, most adults should find this a compelling story. A word of caution: the descriptions of the torture of the Marranos is very detailed and vivid and may not sit well with the squeamish. Different from Alice Hoffman's other novels, I found this one nevertheless equally as good. Ms. Hoffman hasn't disappointed me yet.
  • (5/5)
    "Incantation" is a simple, yet compelling story of a young girl's discovery of her true heritage and identity. Set in Spain, in the 1500's, 16-year-old Estrella discovers that life can change unexpectedly, and learns life lessons that impact her life forever. Estrella discovers love, deals with a crumpling friendship - that she thought would last forever, and risks her life for her family as she embraces her Jewish heritage. This painful and beautiful story, is a great read for teens and adults alike.
  • (3/5)
    not my favorite, but readable
  • (4/5)
    Great book! I listened to this book and I thought the descriptions of the times and setting were great. This is a wonderful story describing what it was like to be a Jew living in Spain during the Inquisition. It's also about betrayal and loss. This book really made me want to learn more about the Inquisition and the injustices of the Catholic Church.
  • (4/5)
    Today is Rosh Hashana. And I spent half my afternoon reading this book and wanting to cry. It is predictable, if you know anything about this subject matter but not any less gorgeous in spite of that. I will post a full review when I can.
  • (4/5)
    16-year-old Estrella DeMadrigal lives a charmed life. She has her beautiful mother, her best friend, Catalina, and even a pet pig, Dini. But that is about to change. Estrella will soon watch her village begin to become ravaged by persecution, and a new evil beginning to develop among the village people. She will even learn something new about herself that will challenge everything she has ever known and set her life on a course she never could have expected.Set against the backdrop of 16th century Spain, Hoffman's writing is lyrical and lovely, capturing the heartbreak of a little understood chapter of the Spanish Inquisition.
  • (5/5)
    Alice Hoffman's writing is so poetic, and this book is no exception. It is beautifully written and heartbreaking.
  • (4/5)
    In this book a young girl living in Spain during the 1500's is faced with religious prejudices,finding who she really is and who she can trust. Her family and her are living as secret Jews in a place where Jews are called pigs and burned. This is a great book. Everbody knows about the horrible treatment of Jews throughout history, but there aren't many books for young adults on their treatment during this period in Spain.
  • (4/5)
    Set against a backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition, Alice Hoffman's young adult novel Incantation tells a coming of age story about 16 year old Estrella de Madrigal who discovers the truth of what it means to "be yourself". When Estrella learns secrets about her family's heritage and their fears of persecution, she must risk love and friendship to live out her true identity. Hoffman's writing beautifully captures the turmoil of the period and the emotional fire of her young heroine. My only complaint is that I enjoyed it so much I wish it had been a longer book!
  • (5/5)
    This is the remarkable book that tells the story of Estrella, a teenage girl growing up in Spain around 1500. She slowly realizes as the book progresses that she is somehow different than the others in her village, despite the fact that her family has lived there for 500 years. As the details are slowly exposed, Estrella learns that her family are actually Marranos, Jews who live in secrecy because of all of the hatred and exclusion of Jews in the society. Estrella also learns through the course of the book that she is more powerful and intelligent than she had ever realized. When her best friend grows jealous because her cousin is courting Estrella, she does the unthinkable and turns in Estrella's grandfather as a magician and heretic. Estrella realizes at that point that there is a monster of hatred that all people must battle within themselves and that sometimes the monster is strong enough to overtake an entire society.Hoffman's language is pure poetry. This slim volume is easily consumed, but you will find yourself stopping time and again simply to reread her words that breathe a detailed life into Estrella and her surroundings. There is a beauty here that adds to the pain and the horror. It is masterfully done, a book of poetry without verses. The characterization is wonderful with the adults around Estrella become more and more human as their secrets are revealed. But I must comment more on the writing itself. Here is a paragraph from the first page which made me know immediately that this was a book I was going to love."I have crossed over to a place where I never thought I'd be. I am someone I would have never imagined. A secret. A dream. I am this, body and soul. Burn me. Drown me. Tell me lies. I will still be who I am." It is writing like this, characters like these, that make writing for teens so expansive and amazing. Occasionally I think about reading more books for adults and leaving behind books for teens, but then I find a gem like this one, a book that will stay with me for years, that I will recommend to others whether they read books for teens or not. It is pure, graceful poetry.
  • (5/5)
    The more things change, the more they stay the same!
  • (5/5)
    Very Sad

    A beautiful but very sad book. Be prepared to cry when you read this book. It is beautifully written but very sad.
  • (4/5)
    A great story about the persecution of the Spanish Jews. I have never read much on this subject so I found it to be quite interesting. I was so intrigued how the relationship between Estrella and Catalina changed, and all over a boy. I was appalled by that. The story is a real eye opener about this time in history. It is a teen book so it seems to be quite simply written, but being a quick read is sometimes a good thing. It has made me want to read more about his topic so I find that to be a good thing.
  • (1/5)
    I found this book to have many mistakes concerning the conversos. My family is Bnai Anousim (descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews that were forced to convert) and I found the mistakes irritating. There are much better books about this subject.
  • (4/5)
    This is a solid piece of historical writing, with a focus on the Jewish persecution that occurred in Spain. While the story does not include any specific dates, I think it is safe to say that it is set during the earlier years of the Spanish Inquisition, which would place the story around 1500's. The story chapters are uniquely named and their meaning becomes clear near the end of the story. Geared towards a YA audience, the three main characters - Estrella, Catarina and Andres - came across a bit-light weight against the backdrop of events occurring in their town/village, but that is just my observation. The romance angle seems to crop up in a lot of the YA books I have read. It cropped up in this book and I felt it really didn't add anything extra to the story.... more of an add on to justify the division in friendship, the acts that follow and to possibly attract an audience type that likes to see a bit of romance in their stories. The story also has a mystical feel to it, giving it the effect of experiencing the story as seen through a lace or gauze veil.Favorite quote: Knowledge was the way of our people, and knowledge was dangerous. It was the thing that freed you and the thing that put you in peril. A true statement that can be applied to any number of situations and a valuable lesson for inclusion in any book.
  • (5/5)
    rabck from bethieb; YA book about a secretly Jewish family being betrayed by the girl's best friend during the time of the Spanish inquisition. Doesn't go into much detail, but leaves the reader with a lot to think about.
  • (5/5)
    Set during the Spanish Inquisition and centered on a young girl who doesn't know that her family is hiding the core of their beliefs, this book is both heartbreaking and spirit-full. Alice Hoffman's depiction of Estrella and her family, and simple acts of childhood pettiness that can lead to tragedy, paints the horror of that portion of history with a frightening reality. As much about family as about history, and as much about being true to one's belief in oneself as anything else, this is a powerful work, and well worth reading. Much as it is meant for young adults, though, it doesn't shy away from the worst moments that individuals faced during the Inquisition. If I were going to pass this on to a young reader, I'd want them to read it with family so that they'd have someone to talk about it with during and after the reading--I think this is a read that requires that attention and time. It will certainly stay with me.Recommended.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this story about the persecution of Jews in Spain during the Inquisition. Poignant and sad, but a good read for young adults. Jenna Lamia's voice as the young Estrellia will haunt you.