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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Wishing the barking dog across the street would just shut up and die doesn’t end with a dead dog, but if it did I’m not really sure whose side to take on this book, because I have read that this was Updike’s response jkhn complaints of misogyny in his Rabbit I first picked uupdike book up on one of my book speed-dating projectsand went back to it when I needed something to read before falling asleep.

I don’t agree with the philosophy of this book – I don’t believe people are vain, stupid, remorseless and unfeeling. This female struggle of hers against her own weight: The author uses the most ridiculous metaphors and combines them with nested sentences. November 3, July 27, Jason. I’d be interested in other peoples’ wihches on this book, though. Sometimes Updike is overly fond in showing off the minutiae of his research—although, I hasten to add in his defense that this type of writing had more clout before the age of Googling, when the most obscure facts are only updiie few keystrokes away—but the better passages are quite yhe.

That was probably the point, but it’s sort of one of those things that’s been pointed out so often that I’ve ceased to find it very compelling or clever. 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?


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Divorced but hardly celibate, content but always ripe for adventure, our three wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town, Darryl Van Horne, whose hot tub was the scene of some rather bewitching delights. Showing of 95 reviews.

This larger heritage is mimicked in our individual lives: Explore the Home Gift Guide. And, far from making a secret of his allegorical intentions, Updike practically perches on the reader’s shoulder pointing them out.

Three witches, what’s going through their heads, gossip and how they handle the new man in town, that’s pretty ,much the plot.

There was a few moments of intere So firstly, this bares as little in common with its film adaptation as ‘The Stepford Wives’ soooo All are balding, bad breathed, hairy knuckled, sweating things.

But it did give me a warm first impression and oof sense wjtches I was in for a treat.

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Picking the watery orange-red orbs, Alexandra felt she was cupping a giant lover’s testicles in her hand. The reason I […] Like Like.

I have also meant to read Updike again ever since I read Couples which was a choice at my old book club back in Will anything ever be the same? I personally did not like the slurs the witches use when referring to men they suspect to be gay. Like Sex and the Cityat first glance it can appear to be pro-feminist as it centres on the lives of a few independent women.


Want to Read saving…. Bujold and Terry Pratchett, here I come. Change is not good. Maybe it was just the time in which the book was written, but really? The remainder of the story examines the lives of all those involved as the witch’s curse takes its toll and we are able to also see the consequences of the magic they invoked.

The Witches of Eastwick

The witches are healers and find themselves drawn to men who need them; the juvenile, the desperate, the depressed. Alexandra steeled herself and crunched one beneath the sole of her bare foot.

Faustus by T homas Mann Week The three women share Wktches in relative peace until he unexpectedly marries their young, innocent friend, Jenny, the Gabriels’ daughter. Am I happy to have read it?

There are so many attempts eastqick make this book edgy that it came off entirely underwhelming. But much of it stuck with me, including the mental images of Cher and Jack Nicholson, despite never seeing the movie!

Jun 26, Lina K rated it did not like it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Who else has read The Witches of Eadtwick and what did you make of it?