The Witches of Eastwick
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 divorcées 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
U, is for Updike.
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There are so many attempts to make this book edgy that it came off entirely underwhelming. I mean, it took me over 2 months just to finish it for fuck’s sake! A 300 page novel… two months?! That is actually unheard of, for me!! I found every reason under the sun (of which there has been lots these last two months) to not read this ...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
The Witches of Eastwick has A Point To Make about the role of women in white, middle class, 1960s America. And it makes this point by embracing one of history's oldest conceits: independent women are evil. They're witches. And while the magical divorcées of Eastwick aren't burned at the stake of accused of turning young men into toads, they come close to the mid-twentieth-century version thereof. Accused ...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'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
Mind you the movie isn't perfect, but at least it lacks Updile's weird way of bringing body fluids and odors into focus one too many times.
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
(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
Overall, this book is a disappointment. The three witch characters are unlikeable and even deplorable. In once scene, one of the women kills a squirrel for no ...more
Turn-Offs, in order of irritation:
- a male author writing female characters rhapsodizing about their newfound embrace of womanhood as they got older, got divorced, became witches. Bold move, Cotton. WORSE, there were 2 different pl ...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
Set in the sixties and with certain feminist (or attempted feminist) undertones it does actually have a certain The Stepford Wives vibe at times, mixed with the The Master and Margarita perhaps. However its far inferior to either of those.
Its main problem is that nothing happens... i mean Nothing! There was a few moments of intere ...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
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