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Posted September 16, 2008
The sequel to THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK is a fascinating tale
Having fled Eastwick, Rhode Island in the early 1970s when a rival for the affection of you know whom died Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie each remarried and started over in different places. Having survived he who is nameless and their late second husbands, the widows decide to meet up at the place where the bewitching began their home town. ------------- However, two and a half decades have taken a toll on the once sexy flamboyant threesome. Instead middle age and senior citizenship leave them tired and incapable of witchcraft. However, the villagers loath the witches for all the malevolence and harm they did with magic even their children want them to leave. They consider fleeing before they are burned at the stakes, but become involved in a bit of magic that goes astray.------------ The sequel to THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK is a fascinating tale of late middle to old age as the three women have passed the bewitching age magic is a young person¿s sport. The story line starts off slow but steady as the audience accompanies the trio on overseas travel that showcases a dysfunctional world. The tale picks up when the threesome learn you can¿t come home especially when you caused havoc, mayhem and death the last time in town. Readers will enjoy the deep look at the aging process as the widows find their previous evil escapades come home to roost with them.--------------- Harriet Klausner
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Posted August 15, 2009
Updike To The Last
No one loves a sentence into being like John Updike. The prose in "The Widows of Eastwick" shows all of Updike's devotion to the language. In this sequel to his 1984 novel "The Witches Of Eastwick," we witness Updike's ability to imbue characters with depth that imparts to the reader a sibling-like knowledge. He reuses the lusty thirty-something witches who created mystical mayhem and death in the sleepy seaside village of 1970's Eastwick, Rhode Island. Updike ages them through decent second marriages into widowhood and reunites them, this time bent upon undoing the harms of the past. Their aging bodies nearly depleted of sexual appeal, the septuagenarians' powers are severely diminished. The widows are pitted not only against the memories of others and the vengeful efforts of a warlock orphaned by their previous exploits, but against the town itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Mr. Updike adds flesh to the village creating for us a living, breathing character as familiar as the streets to which we return each evening. The town has become a bedroom community filled with doting parents and over programed children. The women lament the superficial wholesomeness. Sibilant Jane expresses their collective exasperation. "People go around mourning the death of God. It's the death of sssin that bothers me. Without sin, people aren't people any more, they're just ssoul-less sheep."
Descriptions are classic Updike: as in the "glaring sidewalk, fleshy people in summer shorts casting squat self-important shadows, wilting zinnias in beds next to the concrete post-office steps, the American flag hanging limp on its pole overhead."
In "The Widows" John Updike conjures for us a cocktail of exacting observation expressed in stunning prose which reveals more about each of us then we would care to let the novelist know.
Posted June 7, 2011
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