Wdowy Z Eastwick (Eastwick #2)
More than three decades have passed since the events described in John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick, and the three divorcées—Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—have left town, remarried, and become widows. They cope with their grief and solitude as widows do: they travel the world, to such exotic lands as Canada, Egypt, and China, and renew old acquaintance. Why not, Sukie and...more
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I wonder why this book only gets 2.9 stars from Goodread.
After the messy events in The Witches of Eastwick, the three witches: Alex, Jane and Sukie were more or less forced to leave town. Now 30 years later, the three women had already aged and widowed, so they decided to travel around the world and then went back to Eastwick to spend a summer there. But after going back to Eastwick, they soon realized after so many years, not everyone in the sma ...more
Publication Date: October 14, 2008
More than three decades after the events described in The Witches of Eastwick, Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie—widowed, aging, and with their occult powers fading—return for the summer to the Rhode Island town where they once made piquant scandal and sometimes deadly mischief. But what was then a center of license and liberation is now a “haven of wholesomeness” populated by hockey moms and househusbands primly rebelling against their ...more
The witches are Jane (serious, mean, cello player who marries into a rich New England Nathaniel Hawthorne sort of family), Sukie (an attractive redhead who worked for the town paper and was into the town business in more ways than one) and the third I can't recall, but she is the fat pretty brunette who neglects her kids ...more
I think _Widows_ illustrates some of what is so compelling--and so dirty--about Updike. To a younger reader, there's a certain horror in learning how little the widows care for their children, how disposable their husbands were, and how attached they are to both husbands and children nonetheless. Is this what aging is like?
There's a wonderful olfactory qua ...more
Once upon a time, Alex, Jane and Sukie were best friends living in a small town in Rhode Island, dabbling both in sorcery and seduction of their neighbours. Thirty years on, they have gone their separate ways, found love and subsequently lost it, which leads to their ...more
Besides the slow pace, the extra babbling descriptors make the conversation so stilted that there have to ...more
I wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, hoping that perhaps after 25 years he might have evolved past the Silent Generation's warped social views, and maybe even better redeemed the horrible ...more
In the first half of the book, nothing happens, it's all character re-development using the device of a series of travelogues. It's like reading "What I Did on My Last Three Summer Vacations," by John Updike. Elegantly written, as you'd expect, but no action whatsoever.
The second half of the book is completely different, as the widows return to Eastwick, only to learn how much it, and they, have changed. But traces of witchiness remain, and even as benign as Eastwic ...more
It was nice to have them reunited in town and shown all the changes that happened over the years but there wasn't much magic, unlike the previous book.
However, all this being said, I really enjoyed the story. The personalities of all the women were all quite different, ...more
What can you say of a book when the only thing you're waiting is for the main characters to die already? Certainly I had 1/3 of my wish granted, but still, it just went nowhere.
The first half is ...more
Eastwick." I can easily conjure up the film sequel to his
1984, "The Witches of Eastwick," with Kathy Bates as
Alexandra, Meryl Streep as Sukie, and Lily Tomlin as Jane.
That said, "The Widows" are geriatric has-beens of their
former selves thirty years ago. Updike, who is now 76,
may be impatiently damning and mocking the entire
American way of life, with its superficialities, its
sanitized, tour-guided sense of global history without
any compr ...more
The idea is that by following old practices, chanting the right chants, focusing the right energies, and holding the right beliefs, a group of women can generate ...more