The Witches, Salem 1692
by Stacy Schiff
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
- ISBN-10: 0316200603
- ISBN-13: 978-0316200608
Unabridged, Audio CD
read by Elia Foss
- Hachette Audio
- ISBN-10: 1611137152
- ISBN-13: 978-1611137156
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials.
Schiff jumps between ideas, bombards the reader with facts, and the excessive wordiness seems only to extend the narrative. She makes a number of generalizations, which is always risky. Anytime you put an entire group under one umbrella someone is going to be left out in the rain. For example, Schiff writes that women played a role in the Salem Witch Trials and then returned to their invisible status until the Prohibition era. Well, I can think of some ladies that were anything but invisible Harriett Beecher Stowe, Harriett Tubman, Susan B Anthony just off the top of my head.
For me, The Witches was a chore to get through and I can't, in good conscience recommend it. If you are looking for an entertaining historical novel there are better choices available.
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