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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2002

    A DELICIOUSLY EROTIC BOOK.. PACKED WITH SUMPTUOUS ENTERTAINMENT

    A dazzlingly thrilling book packed with steamy sex, mesmerizing beauty, and three voluptuous woman who with their witchcraft create havoc, fun, and comical breakouts. A Great deal of fun to read. Fresh, satanically clever, daring, perceptive and witty. I absolutely loved this book for three reasons. The shocking events paralelling the witches themselves, the bewitching delights that occur at the Van Horn estate, and the horrifying incident with the Devil himself, like acid rain on widlfire. One of the most intelligent books I've ever read. Not only because of the way it was written, but the plot and the terrific author whom thought of this fantasic theme to a hypnotic, and lyrical story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    Scathing humor, & politically incorrect fun!

    The moment I opened 'The Witches of Eastwick' I fell in love. Updike's tasty language, his uncommon imagery, and his understanding of how women, who happen to be Witches, think...is astonishing. He beautifully captures the underlying currents of living in a New England seaside town, with its shifting tides and changing seasons merging with the mood and purpose of its inhabitants. The dialogue is sharp, accurate and scathing. His characterizations of the three Witches shows he has done his homework. I know that politically correct Wiccans decry the inclusion of nasty spells and wickedness...but let's be real for a moment...This isn't a story about Wicca in it's currently popular idealized form. It's a modern comedy, a battle of the sexes; and the women just happen to be full blooded Witches...not pentacle~wearing flower children. Hexes have been around for centuries, and darling, these women know how to conjure and hex! Updike's depiction of the 'Devil' is laugh out loud funny, ironic, and satirical. Yes, I know, Wiccans and Witches don't believe in the devil, but Christians do, and this is just as much a satire on the church as it is our culture in general...The Devil's speech about evolution was laugh out loud funny. The 'Witches of Eastwick' was pure pleasure to read. I only wish Updike would write about witches more! *** *BB*!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    A Writer's Writer

    This book is full of imagery, themes, and characters written for a writer's enjoyment. The main characters are fully developed and a real treat.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Never judge a book by it's cover

    Being only 18 years old I was very septic when I was handed this book by my AP Lit teacher. It was a book that we had to read for class. I kept thinking that I didn't want to read this at all and it sounded like it was going to be full of nothing but sexual activities. Well after I started reading it I found my self not wanting to put it down. In fact I finished it before anyone else in the class did. I fell in love with this story and I would recommend this story to anyone. I really enjoyed this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    This hexy, sexy novel is sure to leave a mark.

    SPOILER ALERT

    This hexy, sexy novel should only be enjoyed by those that are mature enough to handle and look past the (always-present) sexual topics and situations. This means, at least, age sixteen. One must also realize that this novel is very disturbing the way that is very typical of Mr. John Updike; taking normal commonplace events and portraying them in a gritty, blunt, and disturbing new perspective. The title of the novel says it all; The Witches of Eastwick. Not oly do the three girls Alex, Jane, and Sukie litterally have powers, but they are also, in my opinion, the worst types of people. One does become desensitized to their actions as the novel progresses though. The real shocker came from the ending. The three witches conjure up their perfect husbands and then they leave each others company by moving out of town. Not only will these husbands never last like all of the others, but the only comfort in the world to the witches was each others company; and now they are to abandon their only thing that gave a sense of humanity.
    These girls are the talk of the town; not for any good things though. Surprisingly, not much buzz is sparked because of the town knowing about the witches powers. I found this very interesting. John Updike created a world not too different from ours in which the citizens are desensitized to "vile" and "heathenous" things such as these whitches powers. There is so much of it that it is becoming commonplace. The ways in which the witches use their powers is in an almost playful manner though. In the story, the girls manage to make a tennis match rather enjoyable with all of their tom-foolery by using their powers to mess up the others girls games. At times, I wished for those abilities because of how appealing they are.
    All in all, this novel is a horrible novel with a corrupt character lineup and plot, but it really left an impression on me that really got me thinking.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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