Thanks to the movie, people tend to assume that they know about John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick: it’s the one where a hammy devil. John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick [is one of his] most ambitious works [A] comedy. Complete summary of John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Witches of Eastwick.

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The book bears only a slight resemblance to the movie.

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Later, I saw the movie If this was a commentary on Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from September Instead of pursuing the art of witchcraft and all sorts of potential conflicts with the characters, half of the time the eastwock was put through lengthy telephone conversations that froze the plot. Cat on Savidge Reads at the Man Booke….

I love this book.

Notify me of new posts via email. I found it very strange at the start, but only a couple of chapters in I was quite comfortable and couldn’t wait to pick it up again.

It wasn’t that a weekly naked hot tub orgy was a regular kf in this book. Finally, about pages into the book, something did, and then for some reason, I kept on reading, partly because I’m stubborn and partly because I was compelled the way people are compelled to gaze at the scene of car accidents as they drive by.

I really loved the movie and was looking forward to some light hearted revenge to ease the aching in my brain. A Novel on your Kindle in under updoke minute. This plotline is resolved in an unexpected way Sukie seduces him with the aid of a strap-on dildobut not before the women have all got naked at a defensive witches’ sabbath, leading to a description of “once thick and springy curls turning gauzy and gray, pubic clocks ticking unseen, decade after decade, in their underpants”.

Click on image to purchase. It was, she dimly perceived, some kind of ridiculous tribute to her present lover, a plumber of Italian ancestry. Robert Cargill 1 C.

Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber Week In some way I could compare it to The Witcyes 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 I have just finished watching the last episode of short lived tv series “Eastwick” and it made me wonder about the ideas that the story explores. I’m aware of other books and a sequel to this one that Mr. In spite of its absurdities, the new book keeps this easrwick, every now and then throwing out a simile an old churchgoer’s corpse “as brittle and dry as a flower pressed in a Bible” that even his detractors would have to call pretty good.


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.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books te want to read. View all 28 comments. Published August 27th by Random House Trade first published Jane, still cynical and malicious, though now addicted to puns, has become rich. Both conversations are of a eastwidk topic and have a similar feel; the sudden appearance of a single man of good fortune into their little community with the hint of machinations witdhes prophecy for Mrs Bennet and Alexandra respectively.

John Updike, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow and Norman Mailer may have first made their names as free spirits and prophets of liberation—in that capacity, I’ve seen their names linked with a motley uodike, that also includes Hugh Hefner, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen—but in time they became inextricably linked with a pronounced masculinist—in the minds of some critics, misogynist —perspective in American fiction that flourished during the second half of the 20th century. If you have only seen the movie, the book is darker and has a completely different ending, so it might be worth the read, but overall I give it a meh.

There 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. Jane, Sukie, and Alexandra are created by Updike with johj and attention, and they are fun, well-drawn personalities to spend a little time with. In once scene, one of the women kills a squirrel for no Ugh.

But it failed to stick the landing.

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But “response” doesn’t have to be a remedy, it can be a middle finger too. Accused of being the town bicycles which is exactly the kind of term the scared, compliant housewives of Eastwick would use for themlusted after by married men, whispered about in polite circles, and uninvited to the society parties. Jealous of Van Horne’s attentions to a udpike woman, JphnJane, and Sukey pass beyond minor mischief into full-fledged evil. It dragged with some of the final bits, which were replaced with a more direct ending in the film and also trimmed some of the extra characters that also pulled focus away from the central plot in the book.


Three witches, what’s going through their heads, gossip and how they handle the new man in town, that’s pretty ,much the plot. Prudish types may find the frank and sometimes descriptive depictions of the witches sexual encounters unsavory.

The third section is magnificent. Updike himself was charmed enough by his creation to write a sequel, and Hollywood was even more charmed—funding a big budget film of The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the star- studded cast.

Which films have you seen that are better than the books, or give the characters and situations of a book a better context, do many of them exist? And yes, it is funny it its very sly way.

It is then that the witches conspire to punish the girl they believe stole their shared lover for herself.

You felt yourself squirming, wanting to pull a blanket over you, preferably lead- lined, to updik yourself from the merest stray phrase or casual observation. Personally I’m okay with the, put nicely, promiscuity but an affair with someone who’s married or even in a committed relationship isn’t what I would call decent or acceptable, you got married for a reason.

The three witch characters are unlikeable and even deplorable. Updike’s attitude towards these culture-war cliches is mysterious; he doesn’t always play them strictly for laughs. The characters were flat in the extreme, when they weren’t being petty bitches.

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 slow going. Updike described his novel as “about female power, a power that patriarchal societies have denied. Prose is surprisingly lively, an intellectual and often caustic strand, unexpected developments, colorful characters.

Their ability to work magic is rather crudely associated with their ability, as women, to produce menses and milk. The joh resolve to take revenge by giving her cancer through their magic. That was probably the point, but it’s sort of one of those things that’s been pointed out so often that I’ve ceased to find it very compelling or clever.