Rich, Pregnant Prose

After an icky start with onanistic wordplay that brought to mind a whizkid finishing a rubik’s cube in record time, John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick is balancing out with some copy worth reading as prose and not full-sentence poetry. Here’s a moment where one witch, Alexandra, visits a fellow member of the coven, Sukie.

It’s clear already is that Updike is serious about the theme of womanhood and a woman being defined as more than their husband and children and that whole domestic thing. If I didn’t know better, there are sections (not the one above) that I’d mistake for Margaret Atwood.

Another theme that comes up here is cancer. It’s still early going, but I see cancer all over this novel. It is an obsession for the witch Alexandra. Foreshadowing anyone?


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