Blackbird House

Blackbird House

by Alice Hoffman
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Blackbird House 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most of the stories in this book are endearing. A few fall too short, but all in all a very charming read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 --
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BethanyLeah More than 1 year ago
Another fascinating book from Alice Hoffman!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting read CENTERED AROUND a 100 year old Cape Cod Farmhouse and the various families who inhabited it.
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One if the most intriging books I have ever read, the concept of writting the stories around the house is facinating! Takes a chapter or two to figure out! Love it!
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
This excellent novel is a series of short stories following the occupants of a house, from it's building when Cape Cod is the 'edge of the world' and a British colony, to the present. Built by a sea going fisherman, the stories begin with his family. Some of the occupants are families, some loners, are all needing something that can be found only at the edge of the world. As usual, Alice Hoffman paints word pictures that stay with you long after the book is finished.
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Couldn't put it down
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NettaAG More than 1 year ago
The story about a house and the people who end up living in it.Some things change and some never do.
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