The Red Garden epub / PDF author Alice Hoffman



10 thoughts on “The Red Garden

  1. says:

    Hoffman is in familiar magical turf in this collection of charming and engaging if not always happy stories The unifying core is the history of a town from founding as Bearsville which includes a very significant nod to Romulus and Remus to present Blackwell MA and particularly with a special garden behind the founder’

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    DNF page 106I tried guys I really did But at just over 100 pages the story still didn’t grab me Which is a shame because I’ve read some really thoughtful reviews of this book that made me interested in the f

  3. says:

    I'm new to Alice Hoffman and starting out with her lesser known books This was the perfect book to read early on It's a series of linked short stories taking place in the town of Blackwell Massachusetts over a span of 300 years A f

  4. says:

    Writers have this hankering to create fictional landscapes and populate them with characters who cut across narratives Mar

  5. says:

    While I enjoyed each individual story the 2 star rating comes mostly from the frustration I had due to the fact that the stories were just far apart enough in time and with just similar enough names given names as well as surnames that I was never sure who was related to whom and what the lineage was Two things that could have helpe

  6. says:

    What another joy it was to read The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman its only short 270 pages but again she takes on a magical journey of the descendants of Blackwell Massachusetts it was formally known as Bears Ville for the obvious reasons Miss Hoffman opens up with 4 families who risk all in the coldest winter William brad

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    Due to my busy schedule I often read right before I go to bed So for me the mark of a good book is one that I pick up about half an hour before bedtime and refuse to put down until my eyes are absolutely closing with fatigue The Red Garden is such a book It's magical whimsical powerful Although the stories making up a patchwork hist

  8. says:

    Most reviews of The Red Garden see it as a series of linked stories covering the history of small Blackwell MA aka Bearville from its founding in 1750 to almost the present day 1990s I began reading the book this way but it started to feel repetitious The stories are too tenuously connected to be read as a novel like series of linked stories The sister of a character in one story may appear on the fringes of the next but the signi

  9. says:

    My low rating of this book probably stems from having just read Jhumpa Lahiri’s beautiful and haunting short stories The Red Garden is also broken into stories connected through a town’s lineage with characters appearing at different ages in different stories For some reason I could not connect with this book at all

  10. says:

    Did not finish DNF 17%It's always so sad to DNF a book by one of your favorite authors But I just couldn't get into this one at all I

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REVIEW ↠ SUBTENSE.CO.UK Ð Alice Hoffman

Twined by fate and by their own actionsFrom the town's founder a brave young woman from England who has no fear of blizzards or bears to the young man who runs away to New York City with only his dog for company the characters in The Red Garden are extraordinary and vivid a young wounded Civil War soldier who is saved by a passionate neighbor a woman who meets a fiercely huma. While I enjoyed each individual story the 2 star rating comes mostly from the frustration I had due to the fact that the stories were just far apart enough in time and with just similar enough names given names as well as surnames that I was never sure who was related to whom and what the lineage was Two things that could have helped with this would have been a to make the stories just a bit closer in time historically or b to provide a family tree chart at the front of the book Or both As it was I eventually stopped trying to connect everyone but it detracted from my overall enjoyment of the book I especially liked how Dead Husband s Meadow became Husband s Meadow and eventually Band s Meadow and wished there had been references like this Harry s Bear was mentioned once and could have been a great place name to see a century later but we never heard it again Red Garden had a lot potential than it delivered ultimately and I was a bit disappointed in it because I usually have a much stronger connection to Alice Hoffman s books My two favorites remain Blue Diary and The River King

SUMMARY The Red Garden

The Red Garden

N historical character a poet who falls in love with a blind man a mysterious traveler who comes to town in the year when summer never arrivesAt the center of everyone's life is a mysterious garden where only red plants can grow and where the truth can be found by those who dare to lookBeautifully crafted shimmering with magic The Red Garden is as unforgettable as it is movin. Due to my busy schedule I often read right before I go to bed So for me the mark of a good book is one that I pick up about half an hour before bedtime and refuse to put down until my eyes are absolutely closing with fatigue The Red Garden is such a book It s magical whimsical powerful Although the stories making up a patchwork history of Blackwell MA are set in different times with mostly different casts of characters you can trace the common themes and family names that wind their way through the tales like vines I would absolutely read it again and recommend to discerning bookfiend friends

REVIEW ↠ SUBTENSE.CO.UK Ð Alice Hoffman

The Red Garden introduces us to the luminous and haunting world of Blackwell Massachusetts capturing the unexpected turns in its history and in our own lives In exuisite prose Hoffman offers a transforming glimpse of small town America presenting us with some three hundred years of passion dark secrets loyalty and redemption in a web of tales where characters' lives are inter. Hoffman is in familiar magical turf in this collection of charming and engaging if not always happy stories The unifying core is the history of a town from founding as Bearsville which includes a very significant nod to Romulus and Remus to present Blackwell MA and particularly with a special garden behind the founder s house the Red Garden of the title It has some lightly magical properties There are mythical figures to be seen here as well as spirits some folks who are of uestionable species people with craft y skills people who have been damaged by the world and those with a drive to wander Bears figure prominently both as a source of comfort and danger Although there are dark doings in some of the stories I found them overall delightful Alice Hoffman image fr0m the Early Bird BooksHoffman is a big fan of fairy tales and many of the stories here would fit uite nicely into that genre There are plenty of classic references as well from a Tree of Life to elements of the founding of Rome and recent lore such as Johnny Appleseed And any garden must of course refer back to the first one This is a plot rich with literary and cultural references and those who enjoy digging in such soil will emerge with happily muddy hands Through all is a fascination with our attachment to the land The Tree of Life stands in nicely for the life giving roots the Red Garden s characters grow in their home The red of the primal garden flows through several of the stories in which objects with a source in or touched by the garden take on the color There are nods toward transcendentalism with characters finding solace only when communing with nature Some shapes are even shifted Characters flow from one story into the next which proceed in chronological order children in a story appear as adults in a later one Characters who die early may appear as spirits later One gripe I have with the book is that the characters are often very engaging and it was disappointing to have to leave their side after only a few pages I was delighted by The Red Garden Alice Hoffman always offers a good read and I found this one better than mostEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal and FB pagesOther Hoffman books I have reviewed Local Girls Green Angel Blackbird House The Ice ueen The Dovekeepers The Rules of Magic