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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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To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to hoffmaj us about a lower price? Bestselling author Alice Hoffman tears a page from history and melds it with mysticism to create a spellbinding, highly acclaimed tale about the persecution of Jewish people during the sixteenth century. Estrella is a Marrano: During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, she is one of a community of Spanish Jews living double lives as Catholics. And she is living in a house of secrets, raised by a family who practices underground the ancient and mysterious way of wisdom known as kabbalah.

When Estrella discovers her family’s true identity–and her family’s secrets are made public–she confronts a world she’s never imagined, where new love burns and where friendship ends in flame and ash, where trust is all but vanquished and betrayal has tragic and bitter consequences. Winner of numerous “best book” citations and infused with the rich context of history and faith, Incantation is a transcendent journey of discovery and loss, rebirth and remembrance that Newbery Award-winning author Lois Lowry described as “Magical and spellbinding Painful and exquisitely hoffkan.

Read more Read less. Audible book Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Grade 7 Up—The opposing incantatoon of love and incantatin, loyalty and betrayal underscore this brief but rich tale set during the Spanish Inquisition. Told by 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 incamtation 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. Growing up in Spain around in the village where her family has lived for years, Estrella, 16, knows that there are secrets in her home.


As books are burned in the streets, and Jews from the nearby ghetto are murdered, she confronts the reality that she is a Marrano, part of a community of underground Jews who attend a special “church. Estrella is witness to her mother’s burning and her brother’s bones being broken by the police “one at a time. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: October 1, Sold by: Hachette Book Group Language: Share your thoughts with other customers. Incatnation a customer review.

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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Incantation, Alice Hoffman, pages. Four stars, young adult; three stars, adult.

From the reviews, I gather that Ms. Small like the bite of a bug. That something was a kiss. Coming of Age is the key to this novel, and betrayal is the lesson learned.

Its harshness, however, is glossed a good deal by its brevity. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a story of commitment to one’s heritage and beliefs. A story of the ages which repeats itself again and again thru different times and in different places.

The story of a People who have had to live in disguise in order to protect their very lives. Superstitions and avaricious greed hunted out the Jews of Western Europe in the times of the inquisition. This in places where even conversion to Christianity hundreds of years before couldn’t save them.

Respected families who were forever in service to their communities still were hunted out, robbed of their possessions, tortured and killed in horrific ways by the monsters of ignorance and cruelty. Incantation shows us what this unbelievable reality looked and felt like.

One sweet, hardworking, devoted family’s story, each character so clearly shown to be an admirable and memorable person turned to ashes by an unhappy and thoughtless young neighbor girl. A lifetime of friendship becomes the condemning arrow shot out of jealousy over a cousin’s kiss and a string of pearls. This story is a peek through the veils of history, at the same deeply rooted dark side of life – an evil that permeates our world still today.

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.

Robin Bentel, Marin County, Ca. I love Alice Hoffman. 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.

I was a very down-to-earth reader. Since then I have explored other sides of myself and in turn have come to Alice Hoffman. Her use of language, her weaving of history through her books unlike the modern-day Practical Magiceven her celebration of women, who by our nature have a special “knowing. I wanted so much more. So that is my disappointment. I loved the historical setting and how Hoffman brought the period to life and revealed secrets to me. I just wanted more. What happens when a young woman 16 learns that her entire life has been a lie?


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.

Incantation by Alice Hoffman

Estrella’s best friend and neighbor is Catalina. They have been close since birth but it is Catalina’s cousin Andres, joffman 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 alce 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 aluce short but packs a mighty punch.

Easy enough to read in one sitting but don’t, no matter how much you incantaion 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: Different from Alice Hoffman’s other novels, I found this one nevertheless equally as good. Hoffman hasn’t disappointed me yet.

Always an Alice Hoffman fan, I recently read Incantation, a short book written for the young adult audience. Set in Spain during the Inquisiiton, the central character is Estrella, a teenager who learns over the course of the story that hers is a Jewish family that is Catholic on the surface only.

Hoff,an world is torn apart as she, her family and their community are exposed and persecuted. She swiftly finds out who her friends are and aren’t.


This is a gripping story. My only complaint is that it ends abruptly, so it’s not quite satisfying. I think it really should have been longer. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Set up a giveaway.


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