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Read Ú The Witches of Eastwick 102 ☆ ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Witches of Eastwick Author John Updike – 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 fema TowArryl Van Horne refurbishes the long derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening crooked streets of Eastwick and through the even darker fantasies of the town’s collective psyc. I wish I loved anything as much as John Updike loved the sight of his own words on the page 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 of being the town bicycles which is exactly the kind of term the scared compliant housewives of Eastwick would use for them lusted after by married men whispered about in polite circles and uninvited to the society parties They use their magic which yes is literal and real not a metaphor to get a leg up in a tennis match or to play frightening pranks on the people who gossip about them rather than following in the footsteps of their Salem and England predecessors by acting as midwives and abortionists The three witches Alexandra the sculptor Jane the musician and Sookie the writer don't give a fuck what the town thinks of them They gained their powers by freeing themselves from the bonds of traditional marriage a point which makes way sense in 1965 than it does now when most American marriages are approaching gender euality And thus powerful and freed they pursue their art and pleasure hedonistic delights their stuffy enemies might say to the neglect of their personal reputations who fucking cares anyway their entirely besotted boyfriends which is part of the point in their joyful sleeping around and their childrenWhich brings us right around to the forceful shoving of a metaphor down the reader's throat These women are terrible mothers Not only are they total floozies who have disrespected the sacred nuclear family but they suck at taking care of their kids who appear only as peripheral characters only one of the ten or so kids between the three witches is even named Witches divorcées sluts bad moms DO YOU GET IT YET DO YOU GET THE POINT JOHN UPDIKE IS MAKING IT'S SOCIAL COMMENTARY YOU GUYS If I sound annoyed it's because I am This book could've been so brilliant Instead it was about a third too long just because of the author's penchant for writing around in circles And while the dialogue was beautifully natural and entertaining the characters fully realized and individual it was clear that this book about three unusual anti authoritarian first wave feminist women was written by a man A man who is obsessed with the bodies of women Boobs specifically I don't mind gratuitous nudity in books I dig A Song of Ice and Fire you know It wasn't that a weekly naked hot tub orgy was a regular occurrence in this book It was the way the naked hot tub orgy was described It was the mid century literary euivalent of girl on girl porn filmed for the male gaze I don't know how else to put my finger on it But it annoyed me You know what else annoyed me Daryl Van Horn the witches' male counterpart Despite not having any magic I guess he could count as a warlock Though the point of his character seemed to be Look at all this crazy shit a man can get away with that would get a woman metaphorically burned at the metaphorical stake The witches flock to him at first reluctantly and then eagerly as his crazy eccentricity rears its head He delights in their company because as we come to learn they are everything he wishes he could be even though he has all the money freedom and societal power that will never be available to them But what bothers me about the relationship between Van Horn and the witches their group relationship and his caring individual relationships with each of them is how we're set up to believe these women are totally self sufficient with built in bullshit detectors who keep themselves aloof from caring about anything except their art and their coven And yet they're totally taken in by Van Horn It's clear to the reader as soon as he steps on the page that he's a fucking con artist And yet the witches are having too much fun with their tennis and their orgies and running around his giant mansion of a house to notice that he is not at all what he says he is If these witches are supposed to be so smart why do they fall all over themselves for Van Horn I will say one last thing in the author's favor A great novel is about change Things on the last page should not be the same as they were on the first page This was JK Rowling's big failure but it is not John Updike's I won't spoil the ending for you but it was gratifying and natural and managed to maintain the integrity of the witches' central premise without keeping them trapped in the cycle created through the plotI desperately wanted to love this book and to an extent I loved the main characters But it failed to stick the landing And I realized that when I found myself skimming Van Horn's last lengthy pointless diatribe before he left the book forever

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Mysterious Alexandra a sculptor summons thunderstorms Jane a cellist floats on the air and Sukie the local gossip columnist turns milk into cream Their happy little coven takes on new malignant life when a dark and moneyed stranger D. I'm generally a fan of Updike's writing despite its tendency to flirt with misogyny but this novel of his is barely readable Conceptually it was a fascinating idea and I can only assume it was the concept rather than the actual novel that triggered the idea for the movie

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The Witches of EastwickToward the end of the Vietnam era in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town The Witches PDFEPUBwonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra Jane and Sukie bewitching divorcées with sudden access to all that is female fecund and. My introduction to the fiction of John Updike is The Witches of Eastwick and based on 111 pages it's going to take Elizabeth Montgomery wiggling her nose for me to pick up one of the author's books again Published in 1984 this literature is set in a uaint Rhode Island town described down to the flowers or carpeting where three bewitching women described down to their facial features and dialects become involved with a brutish bachelor named Darryl Van Horne Some might even say he's the devil Of the 1000 approaches to that story Updike's is so pontifical and pumped up with its own magnificence that it ceases to be ridiculous and just becomes unreadableSet in the late 1960s where there is no love lost between the author and those kids growing their hair long protesting the war and listening to those damn Beatles records the title characters are Alexandra Spofford Jane Smart and Sukie Rougemont divorcees or widows who've all shacked up with seemingly every able bodied man in Eastwick Artisan musician and writer the witches of Eastwick are less committed to their craft creative craft or witch craft of which Lexa seems the most talented as much as they're casting for their next male conuest They're each repulsed by Van Horne the swarthy super rich New Yorker but all attracted to him as wellLet me start with what this novel is not This novel is not progressive in its portrayal of liberated women with Van Horne breaking up the Thursday coven meetings the three women hold weekly Their development hinges on their relationship to various men They're not independent enough to see through Van Horne's wealth or have the self respect to reject his mansplaining Don Draper would approve of Van Horne's opinions on gender studies This novel is not horror or fantasy fiction in any reliable way and not particularly paranormal though Lexa can alter the weather and will her enemies into acts of bad luck And finally this novel is not readable She returned to putting up Mason jars of spaghetti sauce sauce for spaghetti than she and her children could consume even if bewitched for a hundred years in an Italian fairy tale jar upon jar lifted steaming from the white speckled blue boiler on the trembling singing round wire rack It was she dimly perceived some kind of ridiculous tribute to her present lover a plumber of Italian ancestry Her recipe called for no onions two cloves of garlic minced and sauteed for three minutes no no less; that was the magic in heated oil plenty of sugar to counteract acidity a single grated carrot pepper than salt; but the teaspoon of crumbled basil is what catered to virility and the dash of belladonna provided the release without which virility is merely a murderous congestion All this must be added to her own tomatoes picked and stored on every window sill these weeks past and now sliced and fed to teh blender 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 made of cheap green paper broke under the weight of so much fruit; there was something frantic is such fertility a crying out like that of children frantic to please Of plants tomatoes seemed the most human eager and fragile and prone to rot Picking the watery orange red orbs Alexandra felt she was cupping a giant lover's testicles in her hand She recognized as she labored in her kitchen the something sadly menstrual in all this the bloodlike sauce to be ladled upon the white spaghetti The fat white strings would become her own white fat This female struggle of hers against her own weight at the age of thirty eight she found it increasingly unnatural In order to attract love must she deny her own body like a neurotic saint of old Nature is the index and context of all health and if we have an appetite it is there to be satisfied satisfying thereby the cosmic order Yet she sometimes despised herself as lazy in taking a lover of a race so notoriously tolerant of corpulenceThere are longer paragraphs in The Witches of Eastwick and shorter paragraphs but this is representative of Updike's focus which isn't on character or storytelling but on his own brilliance at turning a word It's writing that is uite pleased with itself and satisfied with how well it has women figured out Despite the publishing date this feels like a relic of the Swinging Sixties A film adaptation released in 1987 took place in the present day and starred Jack Nicholson Cher Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer Nicholson's charms and special effects are the focus while the relegation of the female characters to fashion accessories are a holdover from the obtuse book