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Thanks to the movie, people tend to assume that they know about John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick: it’s the one where a hammy devil. John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick [is one of his] most ambitious works [A] comedy. Complete summary of John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Witches of Eastwick.

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Next, she o Jane take a trip to Egypt, which turns out to contain pyramids, tombs and a museum, all of which are reviewed at length, plus potentially scary Muslims.

Aside from Updike’s beautiful writing, there is not much to recommend the book when you have the option of watching the much better, George Miller-directed movie. Igoni Barrett 1 A. These labels are not without their value, but too often they have easstwick us to upidke rich and multidimensional heritage beyond category that these works share. He even has them doing some of the classical things witches were suppose to have done in those old tales, healing the damaged with sex, connecting with the elements, having familiars, and making spells for the needy before Daryl comes to town and sets off a big shift in both power structure and the focus for that power.

The Witches of Eastwick – John Updike | Savidge Reads

Our three sorceresses have no monopoly on sacrilege here. May finish one more yet, but all caught up before Finally, about pages into the book, something did, and then for some reason, I kept on reading, partly because I’m stubborn and partly because I was compelled the way people are compelled to gaze at the scene of car accidents as they drive by.


Yes, they had their flaws but they also had their virtues are we still allowed to use this word nowadays when “being good” is an expression mainly used in connection to eating habits? That’s what they really worship. Apr 24, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was ok Shelves: And they have happy endings.

Get journalism built for thinkers like you. Sep 27, Julie rated it it was ok Shelves: Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Doesn’t matter if they leave the men, or the men leave them.

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike [A Review] – We Need to Talk About Books

Prose is surprisingly lively, an intellectual and often caustic strand, unexpected developments, colorful characters. Of the 1, approaches to that story, Updike’s is so pontifical and pumped up with its own magnificence that it ceases to be ridiculous and just becomes unreadable.

If you’re udike with the movie, there’s a lot in this book that you’ll find familiar as well. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but it was gratifying and natural and managed to maintain the integrity of the witches’ central premise without keeping them trapped in the cycle created through the plot.

On a literal level, read as pure story, this account of three women who run about sensing ”auras,” casting spells, indulging in faintly unappetizing group sex, dabbling in black magic, and taking on unhappily married men updije lovers is too predictable to hold the reader’s interest.


Van Horne provide wifches animating spark here. Mar 02, Artemis Slipknot rated it it was ok. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. These characters could only carry the story so far, however. Prudish types may find the frank and sometimes descriptive depictions of the witches sexual encounters unsavory.

Describing his subject as “the American small town, Protestant middle class,” Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and more than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children’s books.

Nevertheless, I would characterize the contemporary novel stuffed with witchcraft rather than fastwick novel.

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike [A Review]

That’s right, he never meant for you to like any of them in a direct way. Not only does John Updike write heavenly prose, but this book is quite the feminist manifesto. The way Updike writes or wrote Picking the watery orange-red orbs, Alexandra felt she was cupping a giant lover’s testicles in her hand. Wendy Lesser has labeled Updike as a “thorough misogynist. Faustus by T homas Mann Week The novel is not without its precedents.

Super powers don’t come with super control. The not-quite-straight sidewalks of Dock Street, shoveled in patches, manifested patterns of compressed bootprints, like dirty white cookies with treads….