Blackbird House: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

by Alice Hoffman | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345455932 Global Overview for this book
Registered by imawinn2 of Neenah, Wisconsin USA on 1/6/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by imawinn2 from Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Tuesday, January 06, 2009
This was a collection of a stories revolving around the various occupants that lived in a farm house on the "outer reaches of Cape Cod." Each story is intertwined and follows a 200 year history (which began with tragedy) of the Blackbird House. The tales are haunting, beautiful and touched with sadness. This was the second book of Alice Hoffman's that I have read. I am finding that I really like her writing style and look forward to delving into more of her tales.

I will be passing this along. Hope others enjoy this book as well.

Journal Entry 2 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Saturday, March 14, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (3/14/2009 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA

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This book is off on its journey to Finland where lukutuoli is awaiting for its arrival. Blackbird House was won in a RABCK drawing I had when I was celebrating my first wild release "caught". Congratulations & enjoy lukutuoli!

Journal Entry 3 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Monday, March 23, 2009
The book has arrived, thanks a lot, imawinn2!! Special thanks for the background information about cardinals - your card and the bookmark with the pictures of that bird - I suppose we haven't got that wildbird in Finland. I'm curious to read and learn to know, how cardinals belong to the third story of this book.

Journal Entry 4 by winglukutuoliwing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Thursday, May 21, 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although it was full of sadness and melancholy. The language was lively and touched all my senses - I could almost smell the sea and jams. The stories were combined in an interesting way to each other, I liked the structure of this book.
This was the first book for me by Hoffman, but certainly not the last, I'm happy to have The Probable Future in my TBR-shelf, too :)
I had planned to let the cardinal-bookmark travel with this book, but now I can't find it anywhere :( I remember I've used it with some other book, so it will perhaps be found some day.
Now this book will travel to ruzena, who had Hoffman on her wishlist.

Journal Entry 5 by winglukutuoliwing at by Post, RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, May 21, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (5/21/2009 UTC) at by Post, RABCK -- Controlled Releases

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This book deserves new readers - next to ruzena!



Journal Entry 6 by wingruzenawing from Vantaa, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, May 25, 2009
Thanks a lot, lukutuoli!

Journal Entry 7 by wingruzenawing at Hämeenlinna, Kanta-Häme / Egentliga Tavastland Finland on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I loved this book!
Before this, I had read only one book by Alice Hoffman, The Probable Future, which was her debut novel. I found it "just OK" and not much more. Anyway it already revealed a pretty good storyteller.
This collection of short stories is great. As the back cover says in a review quotation, Hoffman's characters are so authentic that the fantastical seems almost matter-of-fact. The chain of generations and the blackbird motif ties the stories together, so the separate short stories make an interesting network. I liked the magic and metaphoric spices among the realism in describing these touching persons.

Thanks again, lukutuoli!
AVL and highly recommended.

-ruzena

Journal Entry 8 by wingruzenawing at by mail, to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, August 05, 2010

Released 8 yrs ago (8/5/2010 UTC) at by mail, to another bookcrosser -- Controlled Releases

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Ansioituneelle kirjojen liikuttajalle :)

Journal Entry 9 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Thank you for another book I can't wait to read, ruzena!

I have another Hoffman in my tbr pile, too. Let's see, which one I'll go for first. And I'll be sure to keep this book moving once I've read it.

Journal Entry 10 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, November 30, 2018
It took a while for me to read both Hoffmans that were on my TBR shelf but now I know I must get my hands on her other books, too! Good thing she's been quite prolific. Hoffman's writing is magical and the stories of pain and loss – with a glimmer of hope to boot – are simply beautiful. I love the way the stories in Blackbird House all circle around the house and the blackbird motif. An added plus is the location: I spent a couple of days on the Cape a few years ago and would love to go back for a longer stretch. It's a beautiful place.

Journal Entry 11 by wingTaryawing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Kuriiri kuittaa ja toimittaa Hoffmanin kirjan kirjakolle huomenillalla :) / The courier will deliver the book to kirjakko tomorrow evening in Vantaa :)

Journal Entry 12 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
I had totally forgotten all about this First sentence pick -RABCK, but thanks, the book looks interesting and has some raving BC-critiques.

Journal Entry 13 by wingkirjakkowing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, April 08, 2019
Hmm, not quite my cup of tea.

Journal Entry 14 by wingkirjakkowing at Rikhardinkadun kirjasto in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (4/23/2019 UTC) at Rikhardinkadun kirjasto in Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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Releasing books as it is The Day of Book and Rose. Left in the library's exchange shelf.

Journal Entry 15 by sur-le-chemin at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, April 25, 2019
Caught this book as was looking for something to read in English. I'd say better than average, so far, but haven't finished it yet. Been a while since I read short stories but this one seems to work. Thanks to everyone in the chain for passing on this book. I plan to release it when finished.

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