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White Horses: A Novel Kindle Edition
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“As powerful as anything I’ve read for a long, long time.” —Tim O’Brien
“Mysterious and believable.” —The New York Times
“Hoffman’s writing has never been so lyrical.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Sexually charged . . . Almost hypnotic.” —Publishers Weekly
“Remarkable . . . Her young heroine is entirely believable and so real and vulnerable you can reach out and touch her as she touches you.” —Marge Piercy
“Alice Hoffman is the American Brontë.” —Michael Malone
About the Author
- ASIN : B00N5E57CE
- Publisher : Open Road Media (September 23, 2014)
- Publication date : September 23, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2257 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #307,239 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The heart of the story is the relationship between Silver and Teresa. Silver is beautiful, exotic and wild. To his younger sister he is an "Aria," a romantic, cowboy-like mythical figure that her mother dreamed up when she was a child. Teresa's passion for her brother is boundless and when her mother dies, Teresa goes to live with Silver and his wife and new baby.
The theme of incest has been discussed by other reviewers but I did not find it off-putting or even unusual. I am of the opinion that sibling incest is far more common than most people realize. I got annoyed with Teresa because she was like a stray cat, just wandering in and out of people's lives with no concern or interest in how her behavior effected anyone.
The most sympathetic character in the story is Bergen, the private detective who fell in love Dina. An almost unbelievably kind man. This is beautifully written book and in it we can see the beginnings of the writer who went on to create far more magical characters and prose.
That being said, it is useful to know that it isn't an especially happy book. It's difficult to relate to any of the characters - they are all forlorn and (by varying degrees) shallow. While we as the reader want the best for them, we don't really expect that they will get it, and they don't. Sometimes it isn't clear where the book is going, and there are many parts of the book that aren't developed. The reader is left wondering why it was put there to start with. Other themes are overly developed to the point of being repetitious. This books lacks the enjoyment we received from Practical Magic and Turtle Moon. Ironically, if you know all this from the beginning, you will very likely enjoy it more.
We like to read books by our favorite authors, and we recognize that not all books will be of equal quality. Because of this, fans will still want to read this book.
Top reviews from other countries
A refund would not go amiss!
Teresa's mother, Dina, fills her head with bedtime stories of an Aria—a dark-eyed fearless hero on a white horse who would come and rescue her. Aria's are rule breakers and so is her brother, Silver, who Teresa comes to believe is one of these fabled men. Instead of a fairytale, Teresa and Silver's relationship is dark and dysfunctional, not unlike her mother's relationship with her father, King Connors. The women in this story are swayed by myth and folklore instead of realizing that they can rescue themselves and be their own hero. It doesn't help that women can't seem to resist Silver, this only fuels Teresa's belief of him being an Aria.
This story may not sit well with all readers due to the incestuous relationship that is the underlying current of the novel. There is so much more going on here, Hoffman explores when when fantasy collides with reality and its repercussions. Teresa must change who she loves and rewrite her story into something real and not forbidden and taboo before she loses herself in myth and fantasy.