DOWNLOAD BOOK ☆ The Witches of Eastwick - by John Updike #2020


  • Title: The Witches of Eastwick
  • Author: John Updike
  • ISBN: 9780394537603
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Hardcover

  • The Witches of Eastwick By John Updike Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorc es with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious Alexandra, a sculptor, summons thunderstorms Jane, a cellist, floats on the air and Sukie, the local gossip columnist, turns milk into cream.Toward the end of the Vietnam era, in a snug little Rhode Island seacoast town, wonderful powers have descended upon Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie, bewitching divorc es with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious 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 Thenceforth scandal flits through the darkening, crooked streets of Eastwick and through the even darker fantasies of the town s collective psyche.From the Trade Paperback edition.
    John Updike
    John Hoyer Updike was an American writer Updike s most famous work is his Rabbit series Rabbit, Run Rabbit Redux Rabbit Is Rich Rabbit At Rest and Rabbit Remembered Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike Describing his subject as the American small town, Protestant middle class, Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, having published 22 novels and than a dozen short story collections as well as poetry, literary criticism and children s books Hundreds of his stories, reviews, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker since the 1950s His works often explore sex, faith, and death, and their inter relationships.He died of lung cancer at age 76.

    The Witches of Eastwick By John Updike

    Commentaires:

    Ellen
    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, indifferent and self absorbed I am not being prudish, I m not suggesting that every female character should be a paradigm of female virtue but what is Updike saying about women, when all the [...]

    Joe Valdez
    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 quaint 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 [...]

    Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
    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 months That is actually unheard of, for me I found every reason under the sun of which there has been lots these last two months to not read this book Things I did [...]

    Matt
    I read this book the way it ought to be read, or at least in the circumstances which are best suited for it.I 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 book.It s perfect for sunny clear skies and long hours drinking lemonade by the ocean The writing is crisp, quick and clear Updike s pretty much encyclopedic when it comes to writing skills and he s doing everything pretty smoothly here ap [...]

    Julie
    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.

    Lori
    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 October sigh Having 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 all sigh A little over two weeks spent trying to get into a novel that is only 306 pages long That s an average [...]

    Jess
    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 embracing one of history s oldest conceits independent women are evil They re witches And while the magical divorc es of Eastwick aren t burned at the stake of accused of turning young men into toads, they come close to the mid twentieth century version thereof Accused of be [...]

    Tani
    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 women are only powerful when they don t have men Doesn t matter if they leave the men, or the men leave them All that matters is the absence Then, when they have that power, they will u [...]

    Artemis Slipknot
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    Celery
    I must confess that I was hoping that this book would be a light fluffy fun 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, the only things from this book that made it into the movie were the three witches, the horrible rich man wasn t Jack Nicholson just perfect in this roletally disgusting but still Jackyou gotta love him , and the game of tennis Okay, maybe some other stuff too, but not much [...]

    Luís C.
    It tells us a slice of life of three divorced mothers who grow their emancipation which often looks like carelessness in their small hometown of Rhode Island and the milestones that occur within it We are in the era of the Vietnam War, the mood and mindset which then prevailed in America A mysterious eccentric who settled nearby just messing up their lives Oh, these 3 women practice witchcraft This is something very present throughout the novel Nevertheless, I would characterize the contemporary [...]

    Anna Viemose
    I picked up this book because of a few great quotes I d heard from it I wasn t disappointed on that front the prose was beautiful and intelligent.However, the actual story was not As so many people have said, this book reads like an old man trying to write a feminist book 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 never [...]

    Rebecca
    I love this book Not only does John Updike write heavenly prose, but this book is quite the feminist manifesto Jane, Sukie, and Alexandra are created by Updike with care and attention, and they are fun, well drawn personalities to spend a little time with Updike uses the natural setting of Eastwick, Rhode Island to great advantage If you feel like getting away to one of those small hamlets on the eastern seaboard, watching a storm come in from the sea, this is the book that will take you there A [...]

    emily
    this is a book in which characters look in the mirror to see how good looking they are particularly to admire their voluptuous breasts, or the breasts of their friends it is also a book in which john updike tries to write feminist characters but succeeds only in building up a group of women who hate each other, who hate their children, who hate other women, and who are idly superior to the menh.

    Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I first picked this book up on one of my book speed dating projects, and went back to it when I needed something to read before falling asleep For John Updike, this really is quite fluffy 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.I m not really sure whose side to take on this book, because I have read that this was Updike s response to complaints of misogyny in his Rabbit book [...]

    Amanda L
    Initially I was extremely impressed with how well Updike crafted at least two of the three female leads He seemed to be very in touch with female concerns and sensibilities and the characters, even though at times annoying, were on the whole quite likable because they felt very real.These characters could only carry the story so far, however Aside from the fact that their sensibilities became increasingly reminiscent of those we might expect men to impose on them, the story itself was really slo [...]

    Almeta
    Having seen the movie first, the cast of characters was already set in my mind I could not envision them in any other way This didn t really get in the way, but some of the differences in premise and plot did disappoint view spoiler I think I liked it better that in the movie the women didn t know that they were witches originally and were therefore surprised by their power I like how Van Horne built their confidence in their passions Those passions, in turn, fueling their sexual appetites hide [...]

    Ana Rînceanu
    Aside from Updike s beautiful writing, there is not much to recommend the book when you have the option of watching the much better, George Miller directed movie While the movie focuses on female friendship and how it s affected by a f ck boy, the book introduces a coven of women who have a love hate relationship with their sexuality and each other.Mind you the movie isn t perfect, but at least it lacks Updile s weird way of bringing body fluids and odors into focus one too many times.

    Kirsten
    I really enjoyed the writing in this book, but as a whole it left me feeling kind of unsettled and ambiguous I think what ultimately bothered me was the way that the witches, who had been hurt by men, seemed to spend all their time using magic against other women That was probably the point, but it s sort of one of those things that s been pointed out so often that I ve ceased to find it very compelling or clever I d be interested in other peoples thoughts on this book, though.

    SoManyBooks SoLittleTime (Aven Shore)
    I was so young when I read this I thought it was very strange at the time But much of it stuck with me, including the mental images of Cher and Jack Nicholson, despite never seeing the movie

    Lina K
    I have just finished watching the last episode of short lived tv series Eastwick and it made me wonder about the ideas that the story explores.I found some interesting reviews on this site and it brought back the memory of this book I believe I read it a couple of years ago I still remember how disappointing it was In some way I could compare it to The Vanity Fair which I really didn t like I am not sure I was able to even finish it or maybe it was so disappointing that I don t even remember the [...]

    Jill
    Hmmm very conflicted about this one Having never read Updike before, I wasn t sure what to expect It s beautifully written and very erudite, but something tells me John Updike doesn t like women very much I had the strangest feeling reading this it is nominally about three women, but I felt like I was reading an anthropological study of an alien culture I ve never met a woman who acted or felt like any of these did SPOILERS I was interested, and the language kept me reading, but my God I didn t [...]

    Wreade1872
    So firstly, this bares as little in common with its film adaptation as The Stepford Wives soooo not a lot Unfortunately this isn t the boon you might think it is.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 However its far inferior to either of those.Its main problem is that nothing happens i mean Nothing There was a few moments of interest at about 4 [...]

    Alissa
    Three witches, what s going through their heads, gossip and how they handle the new man in town, that s pretty ,much the plot While I can t say I loved the story, the description, details and generally the way Updike wrote it was impressive Driving home in her Subaru, whose interior smelled of dog, she saw the full moon with its blotchy mournful face in the top of her tinted windshield and irrationally thought for a second that astronauts had landed and in an act of imperial atrocity had spray p [...]

    Roderick Vincent
    A big disappointment after reading Terrorist InTerrorist, Updike had such a firm grip on his characters, whereas here, I felt they fell through his fingers The Witches of Eastwick proves that good writing doesn t necessarily equal good story While some of the scenes were well done in terms of witchcraft Alexandra on the beach conjuring up a storm , opportunities were squandered Instead of pursuing the art of witchcraft and all sorts of potential conflicts with the characters, half of the time th [...]

    Karin Bengtsson
    Ej l st klart Spr ket r mer n en etta men boken r s f rbannat kvinnohatande s att jag inte stod ut l ngre Herregud It was fundamental and instinctive, it was womanly, to want to heal to appeal the poultice of acquiescent flesh to the wound of a mans desire, to gice his closeted spirit the exaltation of seein a witch sl p out of her clothes Nej, Updike, kvinnor har ingen grundl ggande instinkt att tr stknulla m n Det r dina j vla gubbsjuka fantasier Hade bokens huvudperson varit en man hade jag m [...]

    Amanda Lyons
    As many people know from the movie, this is a book about three witches in a small town and what happens when a mysterious and inexplicably largely because he s clearly a bit of a jackass charming man comes to town Each of them is a different woman, one mother goddess artist, one a dissatisfied but passionate musician, and the other a light hearted fluffy soul who has a gossip column at the local paper Mostly with this plot we re seeing what would happen if the divorced ladies of town found thems [...]

    Kylin Larsson
    The Witches of Eastwick feels like John Updike s reaction to the phenomenon of feminism The classic witchy features of the three divorced women felt familiar from other stories and films The three witches unstick themselves from small town drudgery when a warlock or demon in the guise of Daryl Van Horne buys an old residence on the outskirts of town I was sometimes conscious of a forced feeling to the writing, a sense of trying too hard and stumbling That writing possesses a haunting rhythmic la [...]

    J.A. Ironside
    Ok I m actually not going to rate this since I DNFed quite early I think this might be at least 50% it s not the book, it s me That said I might have got further if I hadn t felt that Updike was constantly sneering at his characters and by extension his readers and possibly women in general but that could just be me in an effort to appear literary and clever What was annoying was that Updike can clearly write well and is naturally literary so why he took the tone with this he did I can t imagine [...]

    Eric Chappell
    Read Summer 2010 Re read January 2011Summary Wickedly entertaining The Witches of Eastwick is about three divorced women in the New England town of Eastwick who discover that after being abandoned or divorced from their husbands, they have supernatural powers Alexandra Spoffard, the sculptress, is the leader of the three She makes little clay figurines called bubbies , stores too much tomato sauce, and is carrying on an affair with Joe Marino, the town plumber Jane Smart, the cellist, is probabl [...]

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