The Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick

Book - 1984
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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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1984
Edition: 1st trade ed
ISBN: 9780394537603
Branch Call Number: F Upd


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Mar 01, 2018

This is one of the cases where the movie and the book share a title and the bare minimum. It was okay but I would not recommend to anyone else to read. The differences were so wide and distracting that it took the essence away from the novel. The hobbies of the main three women remain similar (writing, sculpting, and playing the cello) but that is where similarity to a story we thought you knew ends. I just could not get into the author's jumbled way of expressing the story. Rarely do I say this but I prefer the movie.

Jan 03, 2015

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

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

Nov 10, 2011

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


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