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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Tiny speckled sand crabs were emerging now from their holes by the dozen and scurrying sideways towards the frothing sea. Apr 09, Jill rated it it was ok. Accused I wish I loved anything as much as John Updike loved the sight of his own words on the page. And yet they’re totally taken in by Van Horn. Updike’s descriptives were really potent and he seemed to have a pretty good idea of how the female brain operates even if he didn’t present us in the best light.

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March 28, at 6: That is actually unheard of, for me!! This section of the novel, which reads like Hunter Thompson delivering a mix-and- match school book report on “The Grand Inquisitor” and The Selfish Genecould stand-alone as a set piece or, with the addition of a few more one-liners, work as a comedy stand-up routine. The Witches of Eastwick is another example of a great book being turned into a less than stellar movie. At the same time though I found this confusing. Unfortunately for me and my brain, the only things from this book that made it into the movie were the three witches, the horrible rich man wasn’t Jack Nicholson just perfect in this role In the mean time, the witches have conjured a cookie jar in such as way as to cause their enemy and most outspoken opponent Felecia Gabriel to vomit all manner of feathers, dirt, pins, etc One other thing, the passage of time wasn’t very well conveyed; the only sense I got was through the dropping of totally unsubtle statements that a year or so had passed.


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Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. If you’re familiar with the movie, there’s a lot in this book that you’ll find familiar as well.

I have a pretty good lf to picture events from books but with this it was always a half-formed image. Describing his subject as “the American small town, Protestant middle class,” Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. I desperately wanted to love this book, and to an extent, I loved the main characters.

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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

Like Sex and the Cityat first glance it can appear to be pro-feminist as it centres on the lives of a few independent women. 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.

The book was made into the eponymous film inwith the main core of the story in the roles of Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer.

So I admit that I entered into the spirit of reading this one in high hopes. Retrieved from ” https: Initially, I kept reading this book because I expected something interesting to happen.

I don’t think I have ever heard -or will ever hear again- a updikw justification for a woman who sleeps with married men. They will spend their days gossiping and neglecting their children entirely, even though they seem to do absolutely nothing else with their lives.


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That alone, without men, they are truly witches and need a man to tame them? Prose is surprisingly lively, an intellectual and often caustic strand, unexpected developments, colorful characters. Their object of fascination is an idiot by the name of Darryl Van Horne, a man of big money and big ideas, but really doesn’t have anything interesting to say. He does write beautiful prose, but Rabbit was just such a bore that I found the book a real slog.

He even has them doing some of the classical things witches were suppose to have done in those old tales, healing the damaged with sex, connecting with the elements, having familiars, and making spells for the needy before Daryl comes to town and sets off a big shift in both power structure and the focus for that power.

Though he finds the courage to leave, his age and churchman status means he is not trusted by the protesting youth. In the novel I think women are empowered by these connections not forced into them by patriarchy. Some might even say he’s the My introduction to the fiction of John Updike is The Witches of Eastwick and based on pages, it’s going to take Elizabeth Montgomery wiggling her nose for me to pick up one of the author’s books again.

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