Customer Reviews for

Blackbird House

Average Rating 4
( 36 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(16)

4 Star

(12)

3 Star

(6)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 36 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 2
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    For the Beauty of the Word

    Alice Hoffman is a conjurer of prose. She understands human frailty, vulnerability, self-conscious loathing of birth abnormalities, the need for feeling love, and other acts of living. She writes about New England as well as anyone writing today - her pages are filled with visual stimuli that hang so closely to the retina that though they are often repeated (the color red as embodied by pears, berries, blood, leather, etc.), each repetition serves only to magnify the original richness of impulse. BLACKBIRD HOUSE spans 200 odd years of life on Cape Cod, and while many are calling the chapters 'essays' or 'short stories', they seem more like a cohesive novel about the land and the endurance of the sea and time than anything so disjointed as individual stories. Each of the chapters is connected and it is this connection of odd characters and their progeny that propels the reader nonstop from the early days of the colonies to the present. Hoffman creates dark characters: pain, bruise, emotional devastation and fate are woven like a continuing tapestry, passed from generation to generation. The seeds of all the characters, no matter from where they may be speaking (from the Cape, Boston, London, etc) all are firmly planted in the sweet peas, nettles and bramble that surround the sturdy house that makes the title. Here are witching, blackbirds that become white like ghosts, the ocean, and every type of family dysfunctional unit imaginable. BLACKBIRD HOUSE is not unlike the magical realism of our Latin American writers, but with a thoroughly American twist that makes it even more delicious! An excellent book, this!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    unique story line, hard to put down

    This is my first Alice Hoffman novel, and I definitely will read some more of her work. I really enjoyed this book. The book expands over two and a half centuries and follows people and families that occupy a home and land in Massachusetts. The chapters, though, not really a continuation of the previous chapter, really flow. Highly recommend, and the study questions in the back provide for some more thought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 23, 2010

    Wonderfully well written, superb imaginary, enthralling story line

    Another fascinating book from Alice Hoffman!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2008

    Charming book

    Most of the stories in this book are endearing. A few fall too short, but all in all a very charming read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    Twists and Turns

    I would never of guessed the content by the cover. It has a kind of mysterious feel to it. It made me cling to the binding all day. I love how it all revolves around one thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    Great Read!

    Blackbeard House was a wonderful set of interconnected stories built around the same house through a couple of centuries. It's magical and very symbolistic!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2004

    Alice If You Are Reading This-- Way to GO Baby!!

    Alice-- I loved this book. I lived in MA for most of my life and spent a college summer on the Cape in West Dennis beach. Riding my bike around the Cape looking at the old houses and walking through the cemeteries there were stories to be told and you told them!! You really get the Cape-- what it's about--the smells-- the tastes-- and the people. There are so many great books written about the Cape and this is certainly one of them. Thanks for taking me there Alice --

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2004

    Recommended For Anyone

    I did not think I would like this book as much as I did. I have never read anything by Alice Hoffman but I'm a fan now. Blackbird House is a wonderful novel with great characters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Love this book

    Couldn't put it down

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Good book.

    The story about a house and the people who end up living in it.Some things change and some never do.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted April 5, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    okay read..not as great as the rest of her work

    While I remain a fan of Alice Hoffman, I have to admit this was the only book of hers that I ever had to force myself to continue on with. Once intot he middle, it was a mediocre read. i recommend any other Alice Hoffman book first...then don't miss this one.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2006

    wonderful

    this is a really good book and think every one should read it!! Alice did it agian and wrote another great book

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2005

    Pretty Good

    Alice Hoffman has been my favorite author since I was 12, and although Blackbird House is well-written and enjoyable, I often struggled through certain chapters. Some chapters were wonderful (and far too short!) whereas some were merely tepid. I felt like this lacked the usual Hoffman sparkle. Nevertheless, it is a good 'hammock read' for the lazy days of summer coming up.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2005

    I recommend Ms. Hoffman..

    I think to really enjoy her books, you must have a certain kind of mystic imagination...SHE certainly does. I enjoy taking my time reading Ms. Hoffman's books. I like to savor each page.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    So poetic, it is almost musical!

    Beautifully written, truly one of Hoffman's great achievements. The house itself is the main character. She weaves a wonderful, historical tale.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 20 of 36 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 2