The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1)
Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorcÃ©es with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious. Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms; Jane, a cellist, floats on the air; and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream...more
I am not being prudish, I'm not suggesting that every female character should be a paradigm of female virtue - but what is Updike saying about wome ...more
I read this book the way it ought to be read, or at least in the circumstances which are best suited for it.
I was away at a beach house for a weekend in the middle of summer and had pretty much nothing to do but lollygag around, smoke cigarettes, and read this book.
It's perfect for sunny clear skies and long hours drinking lemonade by the ocean.
The writing is crisp, quick and clear. Updike's pretty much encyclopedic when it comes to writing skills and he's doing everything pretty smoothly here: ...more
Having never seen the film, or read any Updike novels before, I really did not know what to expect. I only knew that I expected great things. And sadly, this novel did not deliver many great things at all.
A little over two weeks spent trying to get into a novel that is only 306 pages long. That's an ...more
(view spoiler)[I think I liked it better that (in the movie) the women didn't know that they were witches originally and were therefore surprised by their power. I like how Van Horne built their confidence in their passions. Those passions, in turn, fueling their sexual appetit ...more
I'm not really sure whose side to take on this book, because I have read that this was Updike's response to complaints of misogyny in his Rabbit ...more
"Driving home in her Subaru, whose interior smelled of dog, she saw the full moon with its blotchy mournful face in the top of her tinted windshield and irrationally thought for a second that astronauts had landed and in an act of imperial atrocity had spra ...more
I was already really familiar with the film adaptation when I picked this up looking for a campy and fun pre-Halloween read, only to find myself somewhat disappointed at the very different tone of the book (not the only way in which this differs from the film, which also seems to have cast the lead actresses in the wrong roles as well as being in possession of a far more charismatic Darryl Van Horne than the one written). Usually I'm a book-first kind of girl, and I did admittedly ...more
These characters could only carry the story so far, however. Aside from the fact that their sensibilities became increasingly reminiscent of those we might expect men to impose on them, the story itself was really s ...more
I must confess, Mr. Updike's subject matter (daily affairs of a bunch of middle class women in a quiet island community) and his writing style is not my favorite type. Still I found Witches of Eastwick riches with clever writing, and it's no feel-good chick-lit; those Witches of Eastwick are no harmless and likable creatures. I'm both sur ...more
Summary: Wickedly entertaining. The Witches of Eastwick is about three divorced women in the New England town of Eastwick who discover that after being abandoned or divorced from their husbands, they have supernatural powers. Alexandra Spoffard, the sculptress, is the leader of the three. She makes little clay figurines (called "bubbies"), stores too much tomato sauce, and is carrying on an affair with Joe Marino, the town plumber. Jane Smart, the cellist, i ...more
However, the actual story was not. As so many people have said, this book reads like an old man trying to write a feminist book. While I love the idea of women being empowered by their bodies, the descriptions of this were sometimes cringeworthy - period cramps were exaggerated hugely, and the ability to give birth was portrayed as the be-all end-all ...more
I read Beck: A Book, and decided Updike was a brilliant male author at writing about men -- their existential crises ...more
ever since, two summers ago, Joe Marino had begun to come into her bed, a preposterous fecundity had overtaken the staked plants, out in the side garden where the southwestern sun slanted in through the line of willows each long afternoon. The crooked little tomato branches, pulpy and pale as if mad...more
These creative pursuits symbolize a larger freedom shared in their status as single mothers. Their powers arrive as thei ...more
The novel looks at the lives of three women with witch-like powers i ...more
I found some interesting reviews on this site and it brought back the memory of this book. I believe I read it a couple of years ago - I still remember how disappointing it was... In some way I could compare it to The Vanity Fair which I really didn't like - I am not sure I was able to even finish it (or maybe it was so disappointing that I don't even r ...more
Now I’ve read that many have seen this work as an example of Updike as a feminist, bu ...more
Many have said that this novel by John Updike is “bewitching,” a play on words because the novel is about 3 witches. I think the word is clever, but perhaps misused ...more
This was another book that suffered from protagonists that were utterly unlikeable and unrelatable. Also, logistically, the way the w ...more