The witches of eastwick novel

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Please type in your email address in order to receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password. 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, Darryl Van Horne, refurbishes the long-derelict Lenox mansion and invites them in to play. John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation. What a horrible disgusting book.
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The Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

I find his writing about American suburban life in the s and s a bit peculiar. So I was indifferent to his main subject, it seems, of the relations between men and women in suburban America. I loved it. Not only is it exuberantly written, so cleverly plotted, strong and decisive in its narrative, and with unforgettable characters and events, John Updike really knows his stuff about witches. They became witches when they divorced their husbands or, when they got bored of their husbands and killed them.

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A sequel, The Widows of Eastwick , was published in The story, set in the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick in the late s, follows the witches Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont, who acquired their powers after leaving or being left by their husbands although Alexandra is a widow. Their coven is upset by the arrival of Darryl Van Horne, who buys a neglected mansion outside of town. The mysterious Darryl seduces each of the women, encouraging their creative powers and creating a scandal in the town. The power of the three witches grows, so much so that they unknowingly bewitch the townsfolk they come in contact with.

Witches of Eastwick: A Novel

T hanks 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 sexes up some frustrated divorcees. This isn't totally accurate. Set in the early 70s, the book is as much a satire on baby-boomer liberationism as an amused updating of witchcraft lore. Alexandra, Sukie and Jane, the witches, have supernatural powers deriving from their status as divorced women in their sexual prime. All three are involved with married men before Darryl Van Horne appears on the scene.

Like his third novel, ''The Centaur,'' it is a departure from baroque realism. This time, too, Mr. Updike transposes mythology into the minor keys of small Margaret Atwood's most recent books are the novel ''Bodily Harm,'' a volume of short stories ''Dancing Girls'' and a collection of criticism ''Second Words. Updike's titles are often quite literal, and ''The Witches of Eastwick'' is just what it says. It's indeed about witches, real ones, who can fly through the air, levitate, hex people and make love charms that work, and they live in a town called Eastwick. It's Eastwick rather than Westwick, since, as we all know, it's the east wind that blows no good.

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