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This is an auction for THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK, by John Updike.

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"Updike's prose often sparkles, filled with the figurative language he has made a trademark, and his tone keeps the reader amused and interested. The dialogue is often wooden, however, as he sometimes uses it to provide essential background information while attempting to advance the action. The first one hundred pages are devoted to the women's trips to Egypt and China, where they (and the reader) get lectured about other belief systems concerning man's relationship to the world of death, suggesting similarities between these civilizations from the ancient past and the women's own witchcraft. The "witches" do not arrive in Eastwick until more than one-third of the book has passed, and though they try to correct past wrongs by doing present good deeds, they must also "watch their backs." The intensity of their malevolence, an involving feature of 1984's The Witches of Eastwick, disappears here, and with it much of the fun of reading. Here they are the possible victims of another's revenge--relatively passive characters who spend more time remembering their past lives than in making the most of their present lives."

"Simply, by toning down the high drama of the first book, Updike achieves a spooky new peak here, in his experiments in magical realism. He makes it virtually convincing on a level of straight realism. A cool, Calvinist chorus voice, speaking for the people of Eastwick, occasionally comments on the action; it is another character in the drama. It never wholly becomes Updike's own narrative voice, but is given fair airplay, so to speak."

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Paperback 2009.

308 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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