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Here on Earth
Here on Earth
Author: Alice Hoffman
In a review of Hoffman's previous novel, Practical Magic, Booklist wrote, "magic, fantasy, and full-tilt love-at-first-sight have figured in all of Hoffman's sexy, funny, and endearing novelsin Hoffman's universe, all boundaries between inner and outer realms are erased. Fear brings whipping winds, a malevolent spirit causes lilac...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780425167311
ISBN-10: 0425167313
Publication Date: 3/1/1998
Pages: 293
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 425 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 7
At first I thought this was going to be a predictable "man versus nature" diatribe with nature winning, but actually had more complexity to it. An enjoyable read.
CharleneY avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 80 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
It was really scattered and I didn't like the way the author told the story or her style. Pretty much turned me off Alice Hoffman novels.
Judyh avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 227 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
I found this to be a page-turner about a woman who returns to her hometown and encounters the man who she was obsessed with when they were both children.
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Helpful Score: 5
Well-written and literary. Spooky in a realistic way.
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Helpful Score: 5
Bestselling author of Practical Magic (also a movie starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman), this is classic Alice Hoffman. A "seductive and mesmerizing story", about love and loss. Great read.
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recyclist1954 avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 33 more book reviews
From the very first words "Tonight, the hay in the fields is already brittle with frost, especially to the west of Fox Hill, where the pastures shine like stars" this book grabs you and spins you into the lives of four protagonists: a woman and her teenage daughter and a man and his teenage nephew, all of them brought together by the death of a woman they all knew but bound to each other by forces that at times seem like love, but, at least for two of them, turns out to be something far more sinister. This is a story of possession, obsession and, more importantly, of power, control and abuse. This masterfully told story shows how passion can overwhelm logic and reason, and how some people refuse to admit they are being emotionally and psychologically abused because they refuse to see themselves as victims or the one they are with as an abuser because, after all, he doesn't hit them, does he? There is no happy ending here, mind you, just a well-told story of a woman seeking love and getting abused instead.
sudia avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 4 more book reviews
I found the landscape Hoffman describes and the characters who inhabited it dreary and depressing. I realized halfway through the book that I had no sympathy for the characters: Hollis was narcissistic and abusive, wow -- just like Alan! -- Sue was snippy and judgmental and March self-absorbed. Gwen had possibility, but I stopped reading before she could develop one way or the other. Too much sturm und drang - high emotionalism and a revolt against good judgment.
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Very thought-provoking; most typical of Hoffman's work. The book is well-written; characterization is done well. Anyone who enjoyed her other works will surely love this one. I highly recommend it.
2manyb00ks avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 203 more book reviews
I love Alice Hoffman's writing style, but I don't think this was one of her best books. The ending was a surprise and still left you kind of hanging. I liked Ice Queen a lot better. This book was not a romance by any means, but it was a very sexual book.
mom2nine avatar reviewed Here on Earth on + 342 more book reviews
Hoffman's writing style is engaging and this book was a quick read. I would not classify it as a love story, though, unless it is about lessons behind the main plot, as control and abuse should never be mistaken for love. Probably a mark of good writing, if a difficult situation is capable of affection a raw nerve.
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I enjoyed this book. A page turner for me and would recommend.
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A moving story of family love and the forces that threaten to undermine it.