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Eing a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules Growing up Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep life long friendship with Jestine Adelle's daughter But Rachel's life is not her own She is married off to a widower with three children to save her father's business When her husband dies suddenly and his handsome much younger nephew Fréderick arrives from France to settle the estate Rachel seizes her own life story beginning a defiant passionate love a Then I understood that when someone begins to tell you her story you are entwined togetherThis uote is much like the way I felt after reading this excellent novel Rachel Pomi Petit Pizzarro shared her story and that of her son the renowned Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro For a time I was completely wrapped up in their lives and immersed in the vibrant colors and rich history of the island of St Thomas Books like this are the reason why historical fiction remains one of my favorite genres of writing This is historical fiction at its finest not just a recounting of historical events but a telling of a story filled with strong characters vivid descriptions beautiful prose family dynamics and rich culture The historical details were fascinating and woven throughout the narrative in a way that made it a pleasure to learn and read Alice Hoffman includes island folklore superstitions and a splash of magical realism in her novel which adds another wonderful layer to the whole experience She never went overboard in this book never made me shake my head in disbelief It was all part of the culture of the island and thus felt natural and true to the life of this exotic location Rachel was a dreamer she was strong willed even as a young girl She was of Jewish heritage and the story of her parents and their ancestors was one of flight and escape from persecution They settled on this island to make a life where they could practice their faith without fear But it was in Rachel s blood that desire to strike out and explore the world She wanted to see Paris She wanted to break free from her mother a woman filled with bitterness Heat was at the core of our lives a shape shifter that never was too far from the door It made me want to step out of my clothes and dive into another life one where there were linden trees and green lawns where women wore black silk dresses and crinolines that rustled when they walked a country where the moon rose like a silver disc into a cold clear skyOf course living in St Thomas during the early 1800s women didn t have the freedom to do as they wished Education in a school was not even an option for a young girl Her father s library was a lifesaver and the place where Rachel grew to understand of the world Her father taught her the basics of the family business She befriended their cook s daughter Jestine a girl of mixed blood her mother is of African descent and her father is unnamed but likely a member of her own community This broadened her world further now she saw life from the different perspectives of the island s various and colorful inhabitants But as fate would have it Rachel needed to step up and show her practical side in order to save her father s business from ruin She did just this but never truly abandoned her dreams completelyMixed within this historical novel was also a beautiful love story one that didn t detract from the novel s sophistication but instead added to it A scandal arose in Rachel s faith community when she fell in love with a young man Their relationship was strictly forbidden yet this determined woman would not listen to reason and instead listened to her heart His presence was like a spell his name an incantation What followed was heartache but also much joy Here we finally meet Camille Pizzarro later changed to Pissarro and are witness to the growth of a remarkable and gifted artist The tragedy was that Camille was perhaps much like his mother in her youth and yet as is often the case in parent child relationships there is the sting of disapproval for one trying to live outside the conventions of society I am not creative I don t have a single artistic bone in my body yet I adore watching and reading of the creative process It is done so well here Hoffman manages to make us feel for Camille and root for him in his longing to express himself through his painting He was seen as an oddity in the community and Rachel tried to stifle his talents We re likely to see our children as we wish to not as they are Like his mother before him Camille felt constricted in the closed community of the island He wished to escape as well to find the freedom to express himself He skipped school to practice his art and to explore the rest of the island He watched the boats from faraway lands come into the harbor he mingled with the people of color learned their stories and painted their portraits Flesh tones didn t show the real substance of people neither their physical aspects nor their soulsEventually we have the opportunity to travel to Paris and see it from the eyes of this artist I loved those scenes as well I could go on and on about this book but I m going to stop myself here This book is full of emotions colors mother child relationships love meaningful friendships grief and artistry I so enjoyed learning of the lives of such compelling characters I may not always have agreed with Rachel s decisions and actions especially as a mother but Hoffman managed to make me understand her nevertheless I already knew mother daughter bonds could be tricky but I didn t uite imagine mother son relationships to be eually complicated and I have experience with both I adored the only other book I ve read by this author The Dovekeepers but I loved this even Highly recommended Love him not less

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things a forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro the Father of ImpressionismGrowing up on idyllic St Thomas in the early s Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris Rachel's mother a The Marriage Kindle pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inuisition has never forgiven her daughter for b I thought the Dovekeepers was absolutely a fantastic bookYet For some reasonI thought The Marriage of Opposites was going to be a much straight forward simple story one that was even familiar to me Simple Sweet historical love story I was wrong nothing was simple There was love but I was reminded How complicated love can be It s been a very long time since I ve cried bawling after completing a book I literally set my Kindle down closed it and cried and cried Later my husband came home and he was kind to sit with me for about an hour while I shared to him the story as I tried to understand my own tears because I really don t think most people will cry at all I absolutely love Alice Hoffman and She really is a master storyteller I think Hoffman is becoming my new hero Boy I sure wish I could meet her I m really speechless still in tears I m not sure if it s because I m Jewish or not But what I was crying to is my own Jewish History This story was not about thousands of Jews being killed it was not a war story yet in some ways this story was just as painful to me as if it were When mothers are too critical of their sons and daughters many other people suffer and many generations continue to suffer I felt sad that rules we re often too constricting for characters in this novel It s strange but I also felt sad when rules were not kept because I understood the pain it was also When religions become tribalpeople are going to get hurt Rachel is a dominant character in the story and even when she was being unreasonable being mean critical to her son the famous painter often like her mother was to herI could still feel and see that she loved her son deeply Her pride blocked her own expression of love I ll never forget this story I just wish that in 2015 we might learn something in some wayslife does not look much different today than it did in the 1800 s Other than most of us do not have 11 children lolBeautiful powerful difference making novel for meThank you with all my heart to the publisher Netgalley and Alice Hoffman for the opportunity to read and share my thoughts about this book

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Ffair that sparks a scandal that affects all of her family including her favorite son who will become one of the greatest artists of FranceBuilding on the triumphs of The Dovekeepers and The Museum of Extraordinary Things set in a world of almost unimaginable beauty The Marriage of Opposites showcases the beloved bestselling Alice Hoffman at the height of her considerable powers Once forgotten to history the marriage of Rachel and Fréderick is a story that is as unforgettable as it is remarkable One of AHoffman s best writingsgreat to see her going back in time telling us all about what was happening back then like a spitefulmean and nasty mother while her educated daughter was force to get married to an older man who already had another wifepolygamyall this was taking place in the 1800s and is still happening todayit s an incredible story that was well written because of the pattern of today s worldsociety


10 thoughts on “The Marriage of Opposites

  1. says:

    I thought the Dovekeepers was absolutely a fantastic bookYet For some reasonI thought The Marriage of Opposites was going to be a much straight forward simple story one that was even familiar to me Simple Sweet historical love story I was wrong nothing was 'simple' There was 'love' but I was reminded How complicated love can be It's been a very long time since I've cried bawling after completing a book I literally set my

  2. says:

    No doubt about it Hoffman is a talented author She's got a uniue style and her stories are always so diverse This one is no different It is lavishly lyrical in spirits visions and superstitions She spins a story that is culturally rich with te

  3. says:

    The writing in Alice Hoffman’s Marriage of Opposites is extraordinary and engaging Set on St Thomas in the earl

  4. says:

    Reading The Marriage of Opposites really made me thinkThe Rules of Magic is my favorite Alice Hoffman book but ha

  5. says:

    Then I understood that when someone begins to tell you her story you are entwined togetherThis uote is much like the way I felt after reading th

  6. says:

    A work of historical fiction written by Alice Hoffman was all I needed to know and I was immediately interested in reading this book I loved the Dovekeepers and while they are very different stories Hoffman's lyrical writing and story

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    WARNING MY REVIEW CONTAINS PLENTY OF SPOILERSThe Marriage of Opposites op·po·site ˈäpəzətnoun plural noun oppositesa person or thing that is totally different from or the reverse of someone or something else My father had told me that no matter how comfortable we might feel we must live like fish unattached to any

  8. says:

    I had had The Marriage of Opposites on my radar for awhile after savoring Rules of Magic and its seuel Practical Magic late

  9. says:

    One of AHoffman's best writingsgreat to see her going back in time telling us all about what was happening back then like a spitefulmean and nasty mother while her educated daughter was force to get married to an older man who already had another wifepolygamyall this was taking place in the 1800s and is still happening todayit's an incredible story that was well written because of the pattern of today's worldsociety

  10. says:

    Reading about a place I have been is always special Of course I wasn't in St Thomas in the mid nineteenth century but some of the plant life and wildlife remains the same Hoffman and her new passion for writing about historical characters take

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