The Witches of Eastwick : Eastwick

  • von John Updike
  • Sprecher: Kate Reading
  • Serie: Eastwick
  • 12 Std. 8 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


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.


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Of course, I picked this book because I enjoy reading about witches and witchcraft. This audio book was a treat to listen to. Updike's talent lies in narrating, with his unusual descriptions and metaphors, with lots of humour while portraying three females witches. And it is not all about witchcraft, but about relations. Well done! I would have liked to continue listening, and therefore found the end a bit abrupt.
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- CRoth1964

Erotic Tale for the Literary Epicure

What a prose, style and beauty, John Updike is incredible. I cannot remember of ever having read anything like that. While the prose is overwhelmingly beautiful, incredibly rich with pictures, allegories and little titbits of wisdom and insight, the story itself left me clueless.

Three modern era witches, Alexandra the sculptor, Jane the cellist and Sukie the gossip monger, do their little mischief in suburbia, the fictitious Eastwick, Rhode Island. The three women defy the rules of hypocritical small town America, seduce married men, get shamelessly drunk or high on weed and carelessly neglect their offspring. Unfortunately it looks like their aura and power feeds on the vitality of their lovers, who seem to wither away under their influence or come to disastrous endings.

The situation escalates, when the mysteriously attractive music lover, art collector and renegade scientist Darryl Van Horne comes into town. The three of them fall under his spell and soon enough they partake frequently in the carnal and orgiastic pleasures, his hot tub offers. The dreamlike paradisiac setting turns into disaster, when Darryl decides to marry the young protégé of the three witches.

Of course all of this is funny and entertaining, but somehow I expected more. Somehow I did not get the point of the story and especially the unexciting ending of the story disappointed me a little bit.

Regardless of all that, the prose alone makes this an outstanding novel.
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- BikerJoe

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 21.10.2008
  • Verlag: Random House Audio