John Updike has a great voice and way of writing. Updike creates a picturesque landscape with vivid descriptions and a grittiness that you can almost feel in your teeth, with characters that are riddled with flaws and almost unbearably selfish. Updike gives us expert, sparkling double meaning descriptions and dialog that furthers the women’s movement. That said I could not identify, feel sorry for, or even cheer on the three main witches of Eastwick this novel focuses its story on (Suki, Jane and Alexandra). Beyond that I did not even like Suki, Jane , Alexandra and Darrell Van Horne. The story is about them so that tells you something. I was also sad that there was not much of a focus or storyline regarding the witchyness of the witches. It was like Updike wanted them to be witches so he could add in this one horrible plot twist (not giving you the spoiler) and could not figure out how to do it without using the craft.
I would recommend this book to readers who want to read a more classic novel or books that have an almost feminine mystique meets 19th century writing meets beatnik dialog. As a side note, I just watched the movie The Witches of Eastwick with Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeifer. I enjoyed it much more than the novel. The witches were not as selfish, Darrel Van Horne was the devil I wanted him to be, and it had the comedy and fantastical characters I wanted to read that I think Updike just missed the mark on.