(E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike

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Characters The Witches of Eastwick John Updike Í 0 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í John Updike Omestic peace Jane Alexandra and Sukie divorced and dangerous have formed a coven Into the void of Eastwi. I m generally a fan of Updike s writing despite its tendency to flirt with misogyny but this novel of his is barely readable 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

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Characters The Witches of Eastwick John Updike Í 0 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í John Updike Ck breezes Darryl Van Horne a charismatic magus of a man who entrances the trio luring them to his mansio. High Hopes will almost always set a reader up for a fall The excitement of chosing a book THIS book to begin my month Witches and spells to celebrate the Halloween spirit of OctobersighHaving never seen the film or read any Updike novels before I really did not know what to expect I only knew that I expected great things And sadly this novel did not deliver many great things at allsighA little over two weeks spent trying to get into a novel that is only 306 pages long That s an average of about 150 pages week That s an average of 21 pages a day That s an awful average Wanna know what s even worse than that average The fact that whole days went by without me even WANTING to pick this book up again when I first started it The characters were not really likable I could not find anyone that I felt connected to or at least even slightly cared about Updike has this uncanny way of making them all ugly even if they are supposedly attractive Pointing out every flaw though he went much easier on the woman The poor men characters in this book never stood a chance All are balding bad breathed hairy knuckled sweating things GrossHis idea of what women want what women talk about and how women act around each other was completely off base And coarse And he likened things about a womans body and attitude to things that didn t even make sense To things that made me cringe and grimace It was uite painful at times Imagine taking one of those eye clops toys they sell for the kids now that are like a microscope and can project images onto the television screen Updike uses the same format placing all the knicks and warts and liver spots and hallitosis out there for the whole world to read At about the 23rds mark I found myself finally engaged in the novel and reading through the pages much uicker trying to find out just where Updike was going to leave these three witches and their wacky zany neighbor 100 pages devoured yesterday Amazing Will I be reading any other novels by Updike after this slightly disappointing introduction to his work Sadly I may just pass Am I happy to have read it Eh Jury is out on that one at this time Would I recommend it to someone Well I did give it 3 stars after all So I suppose if someone told me they were looking for a book that involved horribly flawed witches and wasn t so much focused on the witchyness of those witches then ok I could recommend this to them But I would have to be certain that they weren t looking for anything great Because then I would setting them up for a fall

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Characters The Witches of Eastwick John Updike Í 0 Read Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í John Updike The air of Eastwick breeds witches women whose powerful longings can stir up thunderstorms and fracture d. 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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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike I'm suprised by all the reviews of this book that speak of Updike's ability to get and fully understand women because that seemed to me to be the most blatantly lacking part of this novel There is not one redeemable female character in this novel All of the women are vapid vacuous and often than not cruel indiffe

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike 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 bach

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike man this dude Updike sure can drive a truck less endowed guys often like to drive around in the biggest trucks they can find making up for that lack yet unaware of the implications of their too large vehicles; this guy Updik

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    Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í John Updike John Updike Í 0 Read (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike U is for Updike 1 I would like to go back and never purchase this StarIt’s not you it’s me You know what? It IS you it is 100% YOU Updike This book is AWFUL There are so many attempts to make this book edgy that it came off entirely underwhelming I mean it took me over 2 months just to finish it for fuck’s sake A 300 page novel two mon

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike 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

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike High Hopes will almost always set a reader up for a fall The excitement of chosing a book THIS book to begin my month Witches and spells to celebrate the Halloween spirit of OctobersighHaving never seen the film or read any Updike novels before I really did not know what to expect I only knew that I expected great things And sadly this novel did not deliver many great things at allsighA little over two weeks s

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike I wish I loved anything as much as John Updike loved the sight of his own words on the page The Witches of Eastwick has A Point To Make about the role of women in white middle class 1960s America And it makes this point by e

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    (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike Characters The Witches of Eastwick 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

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    Read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í John Updike (E–pub/Kindle) [The Witches of Eastwick] BY John Updike I must confess that I was hoping that this book would be a lightfluffyfun read I really loved the movie and was looking forward to some light hearted revenge to ease the aching in my brain Unfortunately for me and my brain

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  • Paperback
  • 313
  • The Witches of Eastwick
  • John Updike
  • English
  • 26 April 2020
  • 9780141188973