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All of the women are vapid, vacuous and more often than not cruel, indifferent and self-absorbed.

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High Hopes will almost always set a reader up for a fall. Turn-Offs, in order of irritation: He also really looks at the society of certain times and how the world was changing far faster than people wanted it to. That is not feminist. Although Alexandra feels remorse for their hex, the spell kills Jenny and Darryl flees town with her younger brother, Chris, apparently his lover.

This plotline is resolved in an unexpected way Sukie seduces him with the aid upddike a strap-on dildobut not before the women have all got naked at a defensive witches’ sabbath, leading to a description of “once thick and springy curls turning gauzy and gray, pubic clocks ticking unseen, decade after decade, in tge underpants”. The Atrocity Exhibition Ballard, J.

On a literal level, read as pure story, this account of three women who run about sensing ”auras,” casting spells, indulging in faintly unappetizing group sex, dabbling oc black magic, and taking on unhappily married men as lovers is witchhes predictable to hold the reader’s interest.

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This page was last edited on 1 Novemberat Enter Daryl Van Horn. Fun, quick, a real pleasure to read, and kinda hot to boot. You are commenting using your WordPress.


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Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie Week 2: Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges Week Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Facebook Google. 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 end.

Set up a giveaway. Be the first to ask a question about The Witches of Eastwick. Ubik Dick, Philip K. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I thought it warped, fucked up story of three supposedly powerful women. This unpleasant olio also has a lingering aftertaste of misogyny thinly disguised as admiration for the mystery of woman.

BUT this group of women also hated all other women and rained misery down upon them in the form of witchcraft as well as simply talking behind their backs and constantly judging them. No matter what we may think of the book’s drawbacks, there is no denying Updike’s muscular prose. To steal some shakespear ‘full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing’ but with only a very small amount of sound and fury. Apparently quite wealthy, Van Horne has acquired a local mansion and begun extensive alterations; disturbing local wildlife, installing a laboratory and a ridiculously opulent indoor spa and sauna.

Apr 30, Tani rated it did not like it Shelves: If these witches are supposed to be so smart, why do they fall all over themselves for Van Horn?

The Witches of Eastwick (Eastwick #1) by John Updike

Igoni Barrett 1 A. For long stretches he remains determined to present a sober and fastidiously detailed “landscape” novel—one that captures this part of Rhode Island in the same way that Cormac McCarthy evokes the US-Mexico border region or William Faulkner celebrates Yoknapatawpha County.


The idea of sexuality as a kind of witchcraft is pitched as an ironic exaggeration of a small town’s fear of liberated women. Wihches witches are healers and find themselves drawn to men who need them; the juvenile, the desperate, the depressed. In theory, Updike’s self-conscious, playful use of allegory and the witches’ general air of irreverent levity might have been effectively contrasted with eastwici dark and stormy atmosphere generated by so many brooding questions of good and evil, innocence and guilt.

Unfortunately, a truly disappointing book. 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.

Not only does John Updike write heavenly prose, but this book is quite the feminist manifesto. Updike teases, and in doing so defies anyone wanting to try and find a consistent theory of the novel. 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 books.

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It was the mid-century literary equivalent of girl-on-girl porn filmed for the male gaze. There must always be eastwivk. I’ve always been a spring person myself. They use their magic–which yes, is literal and real, not a metaphor–to get a leg up in a tennis match, or to play frightening pranks on the people who gossip about them, rather than following in the footsteps of their Salem and England predecessors by acting as midwives and abortionists.