The Witches of Eastwick

Updike, John

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Witches of Eastwick
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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 divorcées 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.

Publisher: New York :, Random House Trade Paperbacks,, 2012
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback Edition
Copyright Date: ©1984
ISBN: 0449912108
9780449912102
Branch Call Number: FICTION UPDIKE 2012
Characteristics: 340 pages ;,21 cm

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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 the divorcées with sudden access to all that is female, fecund, and mysterious.


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Jan 03, 2015
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Not a big Updike fan, but this at least is free from the stifling suburban male angst of the "Rabbit" books. Lots of detailed passages about sex, which aren't particularly sexy. Made into a really crappy movie with Jack Nicholson as the devil and Cher, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Susan Sarandon as the witches. Followed by "The Widows of Eastwick."

Nov 10, 2011
  • AA789 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The book is way better than movie which lacks all sophistication of the book.

Nov 10, 2011
  • blueskies100 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The movie was much better. I found the plot and writing did not maintain my interest.

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