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 the town plaza, a fire rages, fed by the burning books of Jews, now aliice by law. Thank you Ms Hoffman. To ask other readers questions about Incantationplease sign up. In order to tell the story of a person who experienced predicaments in life hogfman would be confusing if the author were to tell both sides of a topic such as this because it would seem as it wouldn’t be such a large problem in life.

Are You There God? The Best Books of I believe this was the first book I had read in the Spanish Inquisition. Thank you for your support. Classic coming-of-age story rings true decades later. Families a,ice talk about the importance of historical fiction. It’s not a long book, but it is a very heavy and emotional story. Often the poetry incantatioh the language would lead me to doubt the details of the occurrences when it dipped into something that couldn’t be real.

It is burned while the man cry’s and is mocked For young Estrella, living in Encaleflora, Spain is all she’s ever known.

See 2 questions about Incantation…. The year is and, in the village of Encaleflora where year-old narrator Estrella lives, Christian soldiers, “driven by bloodlust and evil,” crusade against all forms of heresy. Incantation by Alice Hoffman Goodreads Author. As a student of history, it’s historical setting has forced me to understand how easily the incantarion side of human nature can incanntation terror and destruction.


Sadly he dies beaten to death and Estrella knows she now needs to escape to Amsterdam. Preview — Incantation by Alice Hoffman. At the same time, Estrella discovers that her family is Jewish, protecting themselves with a mask of being Christian.

These character together, for the exception of Catalina, create a bond at the worst of times and although many family members dies there history lived on. She has the ability to write each novel like a poem.

Incantation Summary & Study Guide

Jan 11, Jaemi rated it really liked it Shelves: Staying with her grandfather, grandmother, mother, and brother Louis, Estrella has many questions about her life but never fully understands or gets answers about her family traditions. But through this powerful story, teens learn about an important time in history and may be inspired to think about and discuss the hoffmaan of religious intolerance and hatred.

Remember it’s what’s inside that matters. A lot or a little? Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Estrella and her grandmother, along with Andres’s help, decide to leave Spain once and for all.

I completely suggest everyone from young to elder to embark upon this expedition that will leave you in awe and open yours eyes to our world’s reality.

To make things worse, Estrella falls in love with her best friend’s cousin, Andres.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Complex, thought-provoking characters color this book.


Estrella and her family aren’t who she always thought they were. Hoffman’s usual poetic style seems stilted in this work, and while the bas Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Alice Hoffman; she’s one of my favorite writers! I felt every bit of Estrella’s narration, very deeply. I really liked this book. View all 3 comments. The main character, Estrella Esther is very wise for her young age and is exposed to horrible things that help her grow as a human being.


Is it different to read about violence than it is to see it in movies or experience it in video games?

The Jews in Spain in the ‘s were forced to become Christian. Catalina and Estrella have been growing apart. Oct 09, Bridgette rated it it was amazing.

That said, it was certainly a compelling and short book. Knowledge is life and Incantation particularly expands our knowing of history and common life in general. With cryptic language and almost ethereal imagery, I could picture things, but it was almost as if the author did not want to present the situation as wholly real. May 29, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. Why is it important to read books like this?

Incantation Summary & Study Guide

There Estrella finds a Marano or Jew that has been caught keeping a book. This is a powerful story about a young girl’s awakening to the truth about her life. Estrella always likes to say that they look like sisters, bh I started this book yesterday morning and finished it by the evening.