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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike [A Review]

For John Updike, this really is quite fluffy. Updike had a long interest in the history of witchcraft.

Maybe it was just the time in which the book was written, but really? 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 wihches 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. Views Read Edit View history. But it failed to stick the landing.

And mostly they go with men who are already married, usually to women who’re so bad eastqick I have no idea why I’m rating this 2 stars, to be honest.

Their justification out of their guilt is that she didn’t mind, because Darryl was view spoiler [gay for her brother hide spoiler ]. There were a few ok passages, but it was mostly bunk about some useless women cardboard cutouts.


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Even the men are flat, not explored. C loudstreet by T im Winton Week Yes, they had their flaws but they also had their virtues are we still allowed to use this word nowadays when “being good” is an expression mainly used in connection to eating habits? A mysterious eccentric who settled nearby just messing up their lives. Frankenstein, he needs the human element, the pulse, the flow of blood in the veins, the respiration, and plenty of body organs usually below the belt ones for this author to bring his creations to life.

That’s a good thing because I’ve abandoned Rabbit, Run at least twice – I just hate the characters so much that I can’t even go along with the author on the journey.

These labels are not without their value, but too often they have blinded us to the rich and multidimensional heritage beyond category that these works share.

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Her husband now exists only as a placemat. Reading the novel, it is difficult to imagine anyone other than Nicholson playing the character — charismatic in person but repulsive in manner; offensive in word, but alluring in sentiment.

Nature is the index and context of eastwicm health and if we have an appetite it is there to be satisfied, satisfying thereby the cosmic order. In order to attract love must she deny her own body, like a neurotic saint of old?

The excitement of chosing a book, THIS book, to begin my month It’s just taken for granted eastwikc they found this outlet, which The novel is far darker with the jealousies, vengeances and the harm done to others, both planned and spontaneous.


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. Jul 29, Lori rated it liked it Shelves: Its main problem is that nothing happens 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.

Let me start with what this novel is not. Here adulterers and drug addicts constitute the local fauna.

It was quite painful at times. The two friends wanted to rescue Jane, who in a kind of indignant hurry was always selling herself short. 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 nevermind that the women ended up not caring about the actual children.

March 28, at 3: Where is the sisterhood then?