|BEFORE THEY WERE THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK, OUR HEROINES WERE A TRIO OF DELIGHTFULLY WICKED WITCHES. In a small New England town in that hectic era when the sixties turned into the seventies, there lived three witches. Alexandra Spoffard, a sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. Divorced but hardly celibate, the wonderful witches one day found themselves quite under the spell of the new man in town, Darryl Van Horne, whose strobe-lit hot tub room became the scene of satanic pleasures. To tell you any more, dear reader, would be to spoil the joy of reading this hexy, sexy novel by the incomparable John Updike. Praise for New York Times Bestseller The Witches of Eastwick: "A dazzling book . . . Updike is devilishly clever." Los Angeles Times "New England's past and present are brilliantly interwoven in this narrative . . . [Updike] has brought [this] culture wittily and radiantly to life." The New York Times "A great deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation." The Philadelphia Inquirer "A wicked entertainment . . . In book after book, Updike's fine, funny impressionistic art strips the full casings of everydayness from objects we have known all our lives and makes them shine with fresh new connections." The New Republic "Witty, ironic, engrossing, punctuated by transports of spectacular prose." Time "Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have." Newsday Selected by Time as one of the Five Best Works of Fiction of the Year|
In a small New England town in the late 1960s, there lived three witches Alexandra Spoffard, sculptress, could create thunderstorms. Jane Smart, a cellist, could fly. The local gossip columnist, Sukie Rougemont, could turn milk into cream. 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. To tell you any more, dear reader, would be to spoil the marvelous joy of reading this hexy, sexy novel by the incomparable John Updike. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
|Publisher||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Read by||Kate Reading|
|"A Great Deal Of Fun To Read...Fresh, constantly entertaining...The text also abounds with delightful aphorisms for these times...John Updike remains a wizard of language and observation." -- The Philadelphia Inquirer "A wicked entertainment with lots (and lots) of sex...In book after book, Updike's fine, funny impressionistic art strips the full casings of everydayness from objects we have known all our lives and makes them shine with fresh new connections." -- The New Republic "A dazzling book...A very funny and very unsettling story of what witchcraft might look like if it were around today...Updike is devilishly clever." -- Los Angeles Times Selected By Time Magazine As One Of The Five Best Works Of Fiction Of The Year|
"John Updike is the great genial sorcerer of American letters [and] The Witches of Eastwick[one of his] most ambitious works. . . . [A] comedy of the blackest sort."- The New York Times Book Review "A great deal of fun to read . . . fresh, constantly entertaining . . . John Updike [is] a wizard of language and observation."- The Philadelphia Inquirer "Vintage Updike, which is to say among the best fiction we have."- Newsday From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The witches Alexandra Spofford, Jane Smart, and Sukie Rougemont, the fictional Rhode Island town of Eastwick, and the summoning of the mysterious Daryl Van Horne. Seduction in turn, scandal, the corruption of everything.
Witches of Eastwik was adapted to film in 1987, starring; Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
My favorite John Updike novel.
willtrib - EasyCityBooks NOLA
I bought this for 2 reasons - I have other books I like by John Updike, and I liked the movie The Witches of Eastwick. I was actually unaware that it had come from an Updike novel until I saw a review of his newer one, The Widows of Eastwick. I was surprised to discover that the movie & the novel are VERY different. I recognized a couple of the movie scenes in the book, but even the descriptions of the characters didn't match the movie. However,it just makes me disappointed in the movie makers, not the book. The book was a little rambling at times and very descriptive, but he's always like that. It was interesting & kept my attention. I thought it was good, & can't wait to read Widows.
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