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Book Í The Witches of Eastwick Å 307 pages ✓ Dogsalonbristol ✓ ❰Reading❯ ➶ The Witches of Eastwick Author John Updike – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Toward the end of the Vietnam era in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra Xandra 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 Darryl V I read this book the way it ought to be read or at least in the circumstances which are best suited for itI 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 bookIt's perfect for sunny clear skies and long hours drinking lemonade by the ocean The writing is crisp uick and clear Updike's pretty much encyclopedic when it comes to writing skills and he's doing everything pretty smoothly here aphorisms characters vibrancy plot vividness The stuff is alive You can see it all happening in your mind's eye I was in Connecticut and the book is set in Rhode Island though one Yankee beach town is about the same as another I reckon I've been to enoughBut there's something very charming no pun intended about reading the lives of some pretty sexy MILFs who have some magical powers spunky libidos and a whole bunch of whistful ruminations about the passage of time and the sagging bounty of youthFun uick a real pleasure to read and kinda hot to bootOnly reason I really gave it two stars rather than three or four the above criteria is than enough to put it up there is because ultimately that's pretty much all I can say about it Not much to take away from this one I say sincewellI haven't actually taken much away from it than merely this

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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 Ale 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

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The Witches of EastwickAn 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 psyche Ugh I did not enjoy this book Read it for a class otherwise I probably wouldn't have finished it As it was the boyfriend had to endure some outraged ranting The characters were flat in the extreme when they weren't being petty bitches And the message Maybe I was reading it wrong but the message I got was that women are only powerful when they don't have men Doesn't matter if they leave the men or the men leave them All that matters is the absence Then when they have that power they will use it to do petty and awful things They will also sleep around because even though being without men is what gave them the power in the first place they certainly can't actually be happy without men in their lives They will spend their days gossiping and neglecting their children entirely even though they seem to do absolutely nothing else with their lives Then when their idiocy leads them to do something truly reprehensible they will decide that they were better off with husbands in the first place and go off and get married thus surrendering all their powers and negating the whole point Wow I feel positively inspired John Updike I don't think you and I are friends In fact I think I will be avoiding you for the foreseeable future