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  1. says:

    This book a historical account of the Salem witch trials by an author whose prior work has been highly acclaimed turned out to be a long winded and tedious disappointment I regret the many hours I spent slogging through itSchiff takes a textbook like approach to the writing throwing facts and assertions at the reader without connecting them through any meaningful narrative We learn little about the accusers and victims;

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    When you predicted an apocalypse you needed sooner or later to produce one Stacy Schiff attempts to provide a coherent review of an incoherent

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    I have really been into non fiction lately and this is a TOME ladies and gentlemen Impeccably researched sometimes to it's fault but fascinating and depressing at the same time I particularly loved how I could really place myself in

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    There’s probably no event in American history that looms so large in proportion to its size and impact than the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 93 All told in less than a year some 185 people in Salem were accused of witchcraft; there were 59 tr

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    i'm still chipping away at this book but sean of the house decided he wanted to read it too so there's been a bit of a tug o war going

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    1 star to Stacy Schiff's The Witches Salem 1692 It is rare that I cannot finish a book especially when it's on a topic that I find fascinating but after multiple attempts I can't leave this sit on my night table any longer It mocks me because it has wonThe Salem Witch Trials are such an historic part of our cou

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    From a period of time so fraught with scandal and religious ferocity Stacy Schiff is able to construct a powerful and well paced book that offers readers insight into the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 Admitting from the outset that much of the stereotypical views of witches their pointy hats bubbling cauldrons warty chins and evil ca

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    The Salem witch trials is a fascinating subject but I found this book to be a bit frustrating I had enjoyed Stacy Schiff's previous work Cleopatra and was excited when I heard she was researching the infamous witch hunt of 1692 However The Witches is maddeningly detailed and excessively footnoted and I think it's a case where Schiff couldn't see the forest for the trees The best parts of the book were Chapter 1 in which

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    In The Witches Salem 1692 Stacy Schiff provides a thorough exposition of what happened during the Salem Massachusetts witch frenzy of 1692 The trouble seems to have begun when two young girls Abigail Williams and Betty Parris took to twitching convulsing yipping rolling around on the floor being bitten pinched and pricked by spectral creatures and so on The attention this garnered the 'afflicted' young ladies soon inspired other g

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    It felt like this book would never end I like nonfiction I love historical nonfiction I also love details Give me lots and lots of details and send me hopping down the rabbit hole on a research adventure and I'm a happy girl What I don't like is constant repetition of said details and nearly obsessive reiteration of scant sources that makes their scantiness blazingly obvious I also don't want to hear over and over again how little there wa

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The Witches Salem 1692

Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff author of the #1 bestseller Cleopatra provides an electrifying fresh view of the Salem witch trialsThe panic began early in 1692 over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar It spread uickly confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony Neighbors accused neighbors husbands accused wives parents and children one another It ended less than a year later but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to deathSpeaking loudly an. This book a historical account of the Salem witch trials by an author whose prior work has been highly acclaimed turned out to be a long winded and tedious disappointment I regret the many hours I spent slogging through itSchiff takes a textbook like approach to the writing throwing facts and assertions at the reader without connecting them through any meaningful narrative We learn little about the accusers and victims those curious about the lives personalities and motivations of the people most directly involved will be disappointed There is information about the witchcraft judges and the local ministers in fact perhaps the two most discussed figures are Increase and Cotton Mather prominent ministers who were not present for any of the events in Salem Lengthy accounts of accusations and confessions are included relating fanciful stories as if they were true Skimming groves of oak mossy bogs and a tangle of streams Anne Foster sailed above the treetops over fields and fences on a pole Before Foster on the pole sat Martha Carrier half Foster s age and the dauntless mother of four Carrier had arranged the flight She had persuaded Foster to accompany her she knew the way Many pages are spent paraphrasing such accusations but very few on analysis The book has no organizing principle or thesis focuses on no key figures and has almost nothing to say about why the events in Salem might have occurred And the writing style makes for laborious reading it alternates between drowning the reader in details whose import to the larger picture is unclear and wallowing in wordy abstractions that utterly fail to enlighten It is often repetitive and sometimes jumps between ideas that have no apparent connectionI give a second star because the book appears to be well researched and I did learn some information about colonial New England It sheds light on the strains placed on the community such as deadly Indian attacks nearby many of the young accusers were refugees or orphans We also learn a bit about life at the timeBut despite the lengthy bibliography the author makes sweeping generalizations that hurt her credibility for instance she claims the Salem witch trials were one of few occasions that women played a key role in American history and that after Salem women went back to being invisible where they remained historically speaking until a different scourge encouraged them to raise their voices with suffrage and Prohibition Women were invisible and had no effect on history in all of the 18th and 19th centuries Harriet Beecher Stowe Susan B Anthony Elizabeth Cady Stanton Harriet Tubman Louisa May Alcott Sojourner Truth Clara Barton Belle Boyd Dorothea Dix Charlotte Perkins Gilman Lucretia Mott Elizabeth Van Lew Sacagawea and many would beg to differFor that matter the Salem witch trials themselves were a local event occurring in a few small towns it would be hard to argue that any of the women or men involved had much impact on American history especially compared with those listed above Salem represents neither the first nor the last time people were executed for witchcraft in America and while with its 20 executions Salem claimed the greatest number of victims at once it pales beside many European witch hunts Perhaps my frustration with this book has soured me on this piece of history but having read The Witches it is even less clear to me why Salem has gained such a foothold in the national imaginationUltimately Schiff can t explain Salem nor can she make it interesting Instead she gives us a 400 page summary of her research then explains that we have too little information to know why anything happened as it did In other words as far as I m concerned it s a whole lot of nothing Those with a keen interest in the witch trials may find it worthwhile but for the general reader looking to be informed and entertained by well written engaging historical accounts this is one to avoidEDIT The New York Times said it better Alfablot fresh view of the Salem witch trialsThe panic began early in 1692 over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter when a minister's niece began to writhe and roar It spread uickly confounding the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony Neighbors accused neighbors husbands accused wives parents and children one another It ended less than a year later but not before nineteen men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to deathSpeaking loudly an. 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D emphatically adolescent girls stood at the center of the crisis Along with suffrage and Prohibition the Salem witch trials represent one of the few moments when women played the central role in American history Drawing masterfully on the archives Stacy Schiff introduces us to the strains on a Puritan adolescent's life and to the authorities whose delicate agendas were at risk She illuminates the demands of a rigorous faith the vulnerability of settlements adrift from the mother country perched at a politically tumultuous time on the edge of what a visitor termed a r. 1 star to Stacy Schiff s The Witches Salem 1692 It is rare that I cannot finish a book especially when it s on a topic that I find fascinating but after multiple attempts I can t leave this sit on my night table any longer It mocks me because it has wonThe Salem Witch Trials are such an historic part of our country and I ve read numerous articles or viewed multiple TV shows or movies depicting this time period however this book fell short in capturing my attention I m sure for the right person it will have a higher ranking but I have to place it back on my shelf as a book to donate rather than truly finish A mix between reality and fantasy it is too incongruous to stay focused You go several pages focusing on a narrative describing the facts and then you are dropped into an imagination of what someone thinks a witch is doing You re given so many facts to interpret followed by creative character descriptions that you have to keep readjusting your perspective to stay on trackI think this book needs to be handled differently for me to enjoy it It s a few books in one perhaps it would have done better as 3 short stories in a single novel so that you have a creative story using the facts applied to a family for depicting what happened while separately you have a true account of what s known the good and the bad and then a third one dedicated to all the things people didn t know about this time period in AmericaI have heard good things about the author and will peruse something else she s written in the book store before committing to buying it Good luck to anyone else who takes this book on just wasn t for me About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the whowhatwhenwhere and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by

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Emote rocky barren bushy wild woody wildernessWith devastating clarity the textures and tensions of colonial life emerge; hidden patterns subtly startlingly detach themselves from the darkness Schiff brings early American anxieties to the fore to align them brilliantly with our own In an era of religious provocations crowdsourcing and invisible enemies this enthralling story makes sense than ever The Witches is Schiff 's riveting account of a seminal episode a primal American mystery unveiled in crackling detail and lyrical prose by one of our most acclaimed historian. The Salem witch trials is a fascinating subject but I found this book to be a bit frustrating I had enjoyed Stacy Schiff s previous work Cleopatra and was excited when I heard she was researching the infamous witch hunt of 1692 However The Witches is maddeningly detailed and excessively footnoted and I think it s a case where Schiff couldn t see the forest for the trees The best parts of the book were Chapter 1 in which Schiff wrote a good summary of the mass hysteria that happened in colonial Massachusetts and the last few chapters which finally provided some context and explanation for what occurred The majority of the book chronicles the numerous accusations of witchcraft and the trials and punishments in addition to the minutiae of daily life and the neighborly bickering of the Puritans But the author seemed so focused on creating a comprehensive historical account that the work became dense and opaue It doesn t help that there is a huge cast of characters involved and it s difficult to keep all the stories straight There is a detailed list of everyone at the front of the book which is a nice referenceI would recommend this book to fans of history who don t mind doing some skimming during the dense partsOpening PassageIn 1692 the Massachusetts Bay Colony executed fourteen women five men and two dogs for witchcraft The sorcery materialized in January The first hanging took place in June the last in September a stark stunned silence followed What discomfited those who survived the ordeal was not the cunning practice of witchcraft but the clumsy administration of justice Innocents indeed appeared to have hanged But guilty parties had escaped There was no vow never to forget consigning nine months to oblivion seemed a appropriate response It worked for a generation We have been conjuring with Salem our national nightmare the undercooked overripe tabloid episode the dystopian chapter in our past ever since It crackles flickers and jolts its way through American history and literature

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About the Author: Stacy Schiff

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra Mrs Vladimir Nabokov winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint Exupéry a Pulitzer Prize finalist; and A Great Improvisation Franklin France and the Birth of America winner of the George Washington Book Prize the Ambassador Award in American Studies and the Gilbert Chinard Prize of the Institut Français d'Amériue All three were New York Times Notable Books;