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1.0 out of 5 stars The Witches of Eastwick: Male Feminism At Its Finest, August 15, 2000
This review is from: The Witches of Eastwick (Paperback)
There's a scene in "The Witches of Eastwick" when one of the witches raises a thunderstorm on a beach. She then kills a number of sand crabs, because all magic is based on the principle of sacrifice (i.e., death). The book gives us this rule, and then ignores it. The witches paralyze people, transmute tennis balls into birds, make feathers & pieces of gravel come from their enemies' mouths, etc. and there's no sacrifice. If you're not a literary giant like Updike, this is known as sloppy writing. The witches themselves are an unhappy lot. Their anger oozes through the pages. They hate their kids; they use their powers to hurt people (they are feminists, yet the people they hurt are always other women); they are primarily sexual creatures (an old male fantasy); they become witches by dumping their men, yet men continue to define them. The strange thing is that "The Witches of Eastwick" was praised by some feminists, despite the fact that it's portrayal of feminism is quite unflattering. The movie is no masterpiece, but it added little things Updike left out, most notably a plot. This is one case where the movie is better than the book.
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