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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Painful and exquisitely beautiful. Estrella and her neighbour, Catalina, have been best friends since they were babies.

Incantation – Alice Hoffman – 5 Stars. See all Editorial Reviews. You think it should feel like honey, but instead it cuts like a knife.


My only complaint is that it ends abruptly, so it’s not quite satisfying. First, they burn books; hiffman, they rob Jewish and Muslim families of their possessions, then torture or kill them.

From the beginning, I knew I was going to be swept away into a very dark time in Spanish history. Incantation shows the side of a person who’s life was changed for the Jewish hatred surrounding her. Some chose to hide their true religion and lived a double life. English Choose a language for shopping. It was very queer, but the atrocities of the era were impacting. Alice Hoffman’s beautifully crafted story is a reminder for us all that so much still remains to be undertaken in our world to enlist intelligence, compassion and the goodness of the human spirit to create and provide a world of cooperation and peace.


I actually grew to like this and it assisted me in reading the book so quickly.

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The first book of hers I ever read was Practical Magic, and I didn’t like it – I didn’t like magic then, or witches. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Read reviews that mention alice hoffman spanish inquisition best friend young adult well written young adults writing style beautifully written love alice historical fiction even though subject matter practical magic hoffman books main character love and betrayal dovekeepers next door forced to convert quick read.

I love the rich true voice of Alice Hoffman — it seems as if each of her books takes me to a private moment in a corner of a well-developed moment of time.

Truth in the darkness. When all seems right, Estrella’s best friend Catalina rushes her to the plaza where something exciting is happening.

Louis, Estrella’s brother, was very intelligent and spent most of his lifetime in a seminary studying to become a priest, which inczntation of gained justice for her family and other Jews. Take time to digest what you are reading here. Years ago, the Jews we all made to convert to Christianity or leave. Incantation includes the cruel punishments that Jews experienced in Spain.


An interesting novel, but not one which I would recommend if you’ve not read Hoffman’s work before.

INCANTATION by Alice Hoffman | Kirkus Reviews

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 hoffjan seminarian. Knowledge is life and Incantation particularly expands our knowing of history and common life in general. Its harshness, however, is glossed a good deal by its brevity. May 29, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. What pointless and horrid brutality.

After seeing a horrible turns of events in result of hatred, like the burning of sacred books it got her thinking of what her country has come to.

I am this, body and soul. In the form of the inquisition.

Sadly he dies beaten to death and Estrella knows she now needs to escape to Amsterdam. Fortunately most readers are not that picky.

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