We strayed west of Dallas and went to Arlington for our discussion of Updike's The Witches of Eastwick. We checked out one of Charity's favorite eateries: Jumra Kabab. It did not disappoint. We ate a medley of Mediterranean food, and all of it was excellent. Megan and I shared the vegetarian plate which had falafel balls, tomatoes, pickled vegetable strips, roasted eggplant and cauliflower, hot pita bread, and an assortment of hummus and sauce. Additionally, the wait staff was very helpful and attentive. I'd absolutely recommend this place to anyone in the area.
Updike is clever, and his wit carries the novel. However, his characters aren't particularly compelling or likeable, nor are they meant to be. The main force of the book comes from the mysterious question of whether or not the women are actually witches or whether the scenes of their sorcery proceed from a coy magical realism on Updike's part. This device is inventive and interesting, but it wasn't enough to please all of us.
A memorable line as the sisters perform a hex:
"We must seal the malignancy in," Alexandra said. "Jane, do you have Reynolds Wrap?"
Charity chose the book because of how fun she found the movie, but, sadly, the book turned out to be very different. Megan liked the descriptions and might have given the book 5 stars if the ending had been better. I liked the ambiguity of the witches and some murderous action around the half-way point, but I was put-off by the gross bedroom descriptions and anticlimactic end.