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.
©1996 John Updike; ©2008 Random House Audio
This is a brilliant novel by one of the best contemporary writer. It is full of fun, sadness, wisdom, and deep understanding of life's desires.
....from reading this book.....I had seen the movie years ago and thought it was pretty good and I think Jack Nicholson is the PERFECT Darryl Van Horne....just what you imagine him to be while reading the book. The book...at times....made me feel a bit uncomfortable because of all the wanton sexual escapades between Darryl and the 3 women/witches (Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie. I really like the women when they were struggling with everyday life situations and I loved Sukie and her happy-go-lucky spirit. Jane was just a bit too brash for me to feel any kind of emotion towards her other than a bit of dislike. Alexandra was the typical reminder of how all women seem to be too hard on themselves and worry to much about weight.....illness......looks......children.....etc.
The book was funny in places but it was more of a heavy type read and the ending was really not that happy......I felt a bit sad and disheartened by it and it really wasn't what I thought would be a more light....quirky type of read. I guess I was just expecting more and so therefore I was letdown. Don't get me wrong......the writing style of John Updike is beautiful and so full of description that it is very easy to visualize what he wants you to see.....it just wasn't that amazing book that I was looking for....it was more of an okay book that you are neither happy or sad that you read it.
The novel is beautifully written with prose and imagery that, to me, provides new ways of looking at nature and fertility. Yet, the story is so languid and dry that it takes forever to get anywhere. This novel is brilliantly written, but I really enjoyed the movie more, although they are really two completely different things.
I'm an avid audible book listener. I am a huge fan of supernatural books and like stuff that is scary but well written. I'm from Denver Colorado and I have three sons.
Didn't enjoy the book. I listened at double speed towards the end just to finish, then decided with 1.5 hours left to just stop. So disappointed.
Normally the movies butcher the book, but this is one of the few books in which the movie was far, far, far better than the book. I had a very hard time finishing this story. I kept waiting for it to become interesting or to follow the movie, but it never did. Rent the movie and say our credits.
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