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“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
"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 YearSee all Product Description
I had seen the movie a few times and as almost always, the book is different. It was an interesting read, but I would say it is darker than the movie.Published on Feb. 14 2013 by Pat J.
When I finally got around to reading the novel the movie *CLAIMS* to be based on I was at first confused and then utterly delighted. Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by J.K.
I thought that this was a delightful comic novel by Updike set, (as usual?) in a small East Coast community, and (again, as usual? Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2002 by MR G. Rodgers
This extremely rich novel is an outstanding sample of American society (in New England)in the late 60's*, also because the main characters are mostly centered on women. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2002 by ana teresa de castro
Updike's novel is totally overworded with unnecessary details that fail to move the story on. Did we really need to know about Sukie contemplating the area between her legs while... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2001 by "joegillis"
There's a scene in "The Witches of Eastwick" when one of the witches raises a thunderstorm on a beach. Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2000 by George R. Galuschak
I won't go into what I dislike about John Updike's writing. I'll try to stick to this one book, the only one of his novels I managed to finish, thus the two stars instead of one. Read morePublished on July 26 2000
I found this a very entertaining read and finished it on a coast-to-coast return plane trip. There were several parts where I laughed out loud. Read morePublished on April 25 2000