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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike
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Feb 05, 08

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Characteristically Updike--bitter, poignant, and incisive. Three women find that their failed marriages have brought them not only freedom but also magic powers. They need each other for friendship and support but also can't help but put each other, and the other women in their small town, down from time to time. I think I would find this kind of misogyny trite and offensive if the characters didn't have the depth that they do, and if he wasn't even worse about men. The promiscuity had even me a little taken aback, and I consider myself fairly sex-positive among my peers. I wonder if Updike wasn't reflecting something about the late 70's, with the novelty of the sexual revolution past and turning into something more tawdry. Does that mean we're a generation of prudes?
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