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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For all its flaws, the novel has considerable panache. Henry Bech Olinger Brewer Tarbox. November 3, July 27, Jason. Updike has had a long and distinguished career. Perhaps we react to the detail of this book according to our own life experiences and maturity.

The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike

A mysterious eccentric who settled nearby just messing up their lives. Learn more about Amazon Prime. But how much of love, when you thought about it, was not of the other but of yourself naked in his eyes: Following the death of Felecia and Clyde Gabriel, their children Chris and Jenny return to Eastwick to settle their parent’s affairs.

Will the witches be able to undo the og they have done? The three women share Darryl in relative peace until he unexpectedly marries their young, innocent friend, Jenny, the Gabriels’ daughter. Especially as Updike seems to want to find a use for every term associated with witchcraft — familiar, cosmic order, evil eye, enchantment, cackling — in a non-witchcraft context.


Updike’s attitude towards th culture-war cliches is mysterious; he doesn’t always play them strictly for laughs. They’re supposed to be doing bad things so the town hates them like in those old stories. The reason I […] Like Like.

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So much so that these sections tend to eclipse in your memory the sober, elegant writing that Updike periodically inserts to ground his fantastic story in everyday New England life. See all 95 reviews.

Let me start with what this novel is not. Who else has read The Witches of Eastwick and what did you make of it? Robert Cargill 1 C.

Mar 05, Elaine rated it did not like it Shelves: I am lost as to what even is the point of this book…. It is then that the witches conspire to punish the girl they believe johhn their shared lover for herself.

Updike explores a certain liberal hypocrisy of the time; what liberalism exists in Eastwick is of the high-minded, affluent, Jlhn England sort; yet when presented with the prospect of racial integration, available drugs and radical youths; they retreat from their ideals.

I had seen the book in the library, the cover blurbs said it was funny so I checked it out. The blurbs on the book cover and inside jacket describe this as a “hilarious” novel.

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Oddly, I watched the movie before I read the book. Don’t have a Kindle?


I love this book. While the writing, as always, is permanently cranked up to 11, the women are impressively realised figures.

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To ask other readers questions about The Witches of Eastwickplease sign up. And yes, it is funny it its tbe sly way. Divorced but hardly celibate, content but always ripe for adventure, our three wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town, Darryl Van Horne, whose hot tub was the scene of some rather bewitching delights.

By rough rule this made the storm she had conjured up two oc in diameter, if these strokes were at the heart.

You see initially Alexandra in particularSukie and Jane seem like thriving independent women who are getting the most out of life. The ground he walks on, they worship. All three are involved with married men before Darryl Van Horne appears on the scene. Yet ”The Witches of Eastwick” manages updke be depressing without being profound. The updkie friends wanted to rescue Jane, who in a kind of indignant hurry was always selling herself short.