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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike [A Review]

A Christian Science Perspective. They are, as the book makes very clear, only women after all.

The book blames the women for the completely odious Darryl van Horn– he exists because they do, a natural masculine counterpoint to their witchcraft. Nature is the eaztwick and context of all health and if we have an appetite it is there to be satisfied, satisfying thereby the cosmic order.

Throughout much of this book, however, Updike seems to waver between two opposed approaches for his novel.

It’s writing that is quite pleased with itself and satisfied with how well it has women figured out. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

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Dec 28, Anna rated it it was ok. All the same, whatever you make of his writing style, there’s no denying that the facility with which he turns out those lovingly cadenced, alliterative sentences is wjtches awe-inspiring spectacle.


Read more Read less. I first picked this book up on one of my book speed-dating projectsand went back to it when I needed something to read before falling asleep. Wendy Lesser has labeled Updike as a “thorough misogynist. I personally did not like the slurs the witches use when referring to men they suspect to be gay.

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The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

Just enjoy Updike’s lush prose and original characters. Notify me of new comments via email. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Pure evil like this is beyond the rationalizations of ”sociology, psychology, anthropology.

Jul 29, Lori rated it liked it Shelves: But it annoyed me. Suspend your sense of reality for a delicious dive into the supernatural. 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.

Camp Concentration Disch, Thomas M. Like Sex wiches the Cityat first glance it can appear to be pro-feminist as it centres on the lives of a few independent women. The way Updike writes or wrote That is actually unheard og, for me!! I’m willing to give some leeway on this, but this is an otherwise real-life historical “Vietnam era” setting with otherwise normal life crap going on, but their magic is definitely real, apparently.

Here adulterers and drug addicts constitute the local fauna. Having just reread the book, I am glad to say that it was a much more rewarding experience this time around. The writing is crisp, quick and clear.


At the end of Witches, they remarried and went their separate ways. Indeed, the women do not stop being witches until they have conjured up new husbands to absorb their wild energies. He does write beautiful prose, but Rabbit was just such a bore that I found eastwidk book a real slog.

Retrieved from ” https: The book is sublime in its descriptions and storytelling and worth more than one read. Frank Baum 1 L. The set is pretty weird, but the balance is positive for me. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Regarding conceptions jphn misogyny in the novel, a particular passage went viral after a series of Twitter posts by journalist Julia Carpenter condemned Updike’s portrayal of female vs. Presumably this is all part of Updike’s social commentary on Margaret Attwood, writing at the time, probably put it best: I really enjoyed the writing in this book, but as a whole it left me feeling kind of unsettled and ambiguous.

The author uses the most ridiculous metaphors and combines them with nested sentences. Despite not having any magic, I guess he could count as a warlock.