The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman: A Book Review

Ann Luck is an active member of the Lifelong Leaning Institute in Midlothian, Virginia, who has participated in several of my literature classes there. She was so impressed by her recent summer read, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman, that she sent me a Thumbs-up review via Facebook. I read her comments after returning from a chilly and rainy July 4th weekend at Virginia Beach. I must say that her review made the lush scenery seem much more inviting than the dreary setting of the storms and crowds during my holiday weekend. From Ann’s review, I am likely to want to read the book, look at Pissarro’s paintings, read more about the history of Impressionist Art, and visit the Caribbean Island of St. Thomas!

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Here is Ann’s summary and review:

The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman, is an enchanting book that takes place at the turn of the 19th century on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas in the Danish West Indies. Its landscapes and interiors brim with color, magic, and drama. Camille Pissarro, the father of Impressionist painting, and his mother, Rachael Pomie Petit Pissarro, were raised on the island. Her father was a shipping merchant. They were a community of Jewish settlers who fled the Inquisition. The reader experiences colorful tropical parrots; luscious coconut cakes, aromas of jasmine; and the red of flamboyant blossoms.


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