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The Marriage of Opposites: by Alice Hoffman | Summary & Analysis   Preview: The unusual family of French Impressionist master Jacob Abraham Camille Pizzarro takes center stage in The Marriage of Opposites. The book is set in the early to late 1800s, focusing on the artist and his equally strong-willed mother, Rachel Monsanto Pomié Petit Pizzarro.Rachel longs for Pari The Marriage of Opposites: by Alice Hoffman | Summary & Analysis  Preview: The unusual family of French Impressionist master Jacob Abraham Camille Pizzarro takes center stage in The Marriage of Opposites. The book is set in the early to late 1800s, focusing on the artist and his equally strong-willed mother, Rachel Monsanto Pomié Petit Pizzarro.Rachel longs for Paris although her grandparents long ago fled France for St. Thomas, an island in what is now the US Virgin Islands, where Jews could be citizens. Her grandparents brought only an apple tree to remind them of the orchards they once owned. Her father, Moses Monsanto Pomié, tells Rachel stories of Paris often despite the fact he has never been there. Although no one is persecuting them at the moment, the rapidly growing Jewish community on St. Thomas tries to keep a low profile to ensure that things stay that way. Rachel, however, is determined not to be a mouse. She wants to soar like a hawk…  PLEASE NOTE: This is a summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book.    Inside this Instaread Summary & Analysis of The Marriage of Opposites • Summary of book • Introduction to the Important People in the book • Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style  About the Author With Instaread, you can get the summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, summarize and analyze it for your convenience. ...

Title : The Marriage of Opposites: by Alice Hoffman | Summary & Analysis
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The Marriage of Opposites: by Alice Hoffman | Summary & Analysis Reviews

  • Carol
    2019-05-25 20:06

    This was one of the best books I have ever read. Held my attention from the very beginning. I never read books twice, I will read this again. There is so much within this book that it is meant to be read slowly. I had trouble with this because I wanted to know more and see more within the story. Awesome read!

  • Robin
    2019-05-30 20:57

    I had ordered this from the library as our island has very few books. It was only on loan for two weeks with no renewal available. It was rather easy to launch into this book. Alice Hoffman is a favorite author of mine. THis book I devoured in a little over a week. I fell in love with the characters and the richness of the descriptions of St. Thomas where this story takes place. I was moved to tears many times reading this story. One of her best by far.

  • Mary Jo
    2019-05-23 15:06

    Absolutely loved this book!!!

  • Mae
    2019-06-12 18:51

    Alice Hoffman captures the mentality of Caribbean born people very well. Her description of light, color and nature, the wildness and suffering of its people was heartwarming...and real. Always fascinated by authors who can analyse the psyche of a female character at so many levels...and keep her real. While at the same time being historically correct at so many levels.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-03 14:12

    Loved it, couldn't put it down.

  • Gina
    2019-06-11 21:09

    Unpredictably engaging read! Excellent historical fiction about St Thomas, Virgin Islands and the immigration and settlement of the small but powerful Jewish community. The intersection of Africans and Europeans was beautifully and at times powerfully told through the eyes of one woman and her family. If you enjoy historical fiction - read this book! If you enjoy Jewish immigration stories - read this book!. If you enjoy Caribbean historical fiction - read this book!! If you like stories of strong independent women - read this book!! If you just want a page-turner read - read this! Not to mention the fact of the famous impressionistic artist Camille Pizzarro in the background of this novel. Beautiful story telling & what better than winter to be falling in love with a story which takes place mostly on a warm tropical island.

  • Caroline
    2019-06-07 12:51

    This novel, the story of the impressionist painter Camille Pissaro and his family, makes me want to get back to my writing. The language is artistic and sensual and the lush descriptions of both Paris and the Caribbean islands where he was born and raised are enchanting word pictures. The characters are strong, interesting and unique. To watch the evolution of this artist--his yearning to create against all odds--is so skillfully drawn. The love story of Camille Pissaro's parents, Rachel and Frederic, is one of unflagging passion and commitment in spite of all the obstacles they had to overcome. If you are an art lover, especially if you love the impressionists, this book will be everything you could ask and more, including a love story for the ages.

  • Amy
    2019-05-17 20:07

    I love historical fiction, I love the Caribbean and I've enjoyed Alice Hoffman's books, so maybe I expected too much from this one. The first 75% was good, I loved the vivid imagery of St. John's and the insight to the Jewish faith (who knew there was a Jewish community on St. John's in the the 1800's?). However Hoffman managed to go on for a about 100 pages too many. Once all the story lines were wrapped up the book should have stopped, but for some reason it kept going and going and I started to loose interest.

  • Esther Bradley-detally
    2019-06-11 13:51

    The Marriage of Opposites; I was enchanted by this. I thought I had given it a review on Goodreads. First I got it on audio after I had just moved to new place, recently widowed, etc. I began to look forward to any trot around town because the minutes I hit the gas pedal, on came The Marriage of Opposites. I reveled in the language. So richly written. My book club is due to review it in a week or so. I find a book periodically and rave about it. This is one of them. It is fantastic.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-20 14:08

    really enjoyed this book. first thought it was a novel and then realized it was very much based on true lives. I read while on the beach in the caribbean and particularly enjoyed it because it takes place in St Thomas so I cold relate to the all of the descriptive passages of the scenery, flora, sky, ocean, etc.

  • Margy Snider
    2019-06-08 16:52

    Four and a half starsI thoroughly enjoyed this book about the parents of the impressionist Camille Pissarro. I'm embarrassed to say I'd never heard of him, although he was a contemporary of Manet, Monet, and Renoir. Camille is actually a very small portion of the book which is set mainly on the island of St. Thomas and also in Paris. I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.

  • Sandy
    2019-06-10 15:56

    Such a vivid novel, mesmerizing in details, colors, and smells. I could feel the character's place, circumstance and most importantly their love and understanding of place in relationships. Compelling enough to want that kind of love between friendships/ parent - child/ and true soul love.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-29 13:48

    What a strange book. I had a really hard time getting into it. The characters are well developed, neurotic, and more often than not, just mean. Especially the women. Maybe because they were suppressed? Hmm....

  • Martina
    2019-05-26 15:07

    It is one of the best books I have ever read! I do not give many books 5 stars. I know it is in my top ten all time favorites. She writes like prose and her research is fantastic! I cannot wait for another of her books! I loved the way she describes envy on page 330!

  • Lori
    2019-05-23 17:53

    very good historical fiction, especially relevant with the history of Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI!!

  • Semra Ergüden
    2019-06-02 12:51

    i like Alice Hoffman's way of writing. I like Doves Keeper and I like The Marriage of Opposites.

  • Melinda Millard
    2019-05-30 14:00

    Historical fiction. Lots of discussion of color as some of the characters are artists. I am more conscious of color right now because of this book. I love when something I read does that to me!

  • Beverly Tomlin
    2019-06-07 21:10

    Hoffman never fails to amaze me with her sense of place, her characterizations and the magic of her language. This was a definite page turner.

  • TrishSinger
    2019-06-08 14:45

    Loved it.

  • Frankie
    2019-06-05 18:10

    What a pleasure to read. I felt like Alice Hoffman kept becoming me to read on. I enjoyed every page.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-11 20:54

    Book club enjoyed the read but wanted more of it to be about Pissaro.

  • Bobbie Arnel
    2019-05-18 15:07

    had trouble getting thru this. very slow. almost put it down a few times. but several friends recommended, so kept trudging through

  • Eva
    2019-06-02 17:54

    morbid and funny