- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books (May 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1605981109
- ISBN-13: 978-1605981109
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 378 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Ira Levin is the author of The Boys from Brazil, Rosemary’s Baby, Son of Rosemary, The Stepford Wives, This Perfect Day, Sliver, and A Kiss Before Dying (for which he won the Edgar Award). Levin was also the recipient of three Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards. His website is www.iralevin.org.
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That is the power of this book, that it is so damn engaging and haunting when you already know the outcome. And how could it not be? Levin has set his protagonist as a pregnant woman - and then turned everyone against her. Your natural human response should be to want to offer help and protection in the creation of life - and all you can do is sit by and watch as everyone uses naive Rosemary for their own devices.
On top of that, Levin's succinct plotting is a brilliance of the genre. It's sparse because it doesn't need filler. It is brevity at its finest. That he only wrote a handful of book is a tragedy.
I keep reading people who complain the book didn't scare them. First, STOP THAT. Going in with a challenge isn't fair to any book, and you'll be writing the same reviews about Bram Stoker, Stephen King, HP Lovecraft, etc, etc. Second, the horror of Rosemary is in the nature of the Satanists. Levin proposes them not as brilliant intellectuals, but what would happen if your crazy uncle and aunt decided to bring about the spawn of the devil. And perhaps most horrifically of all, do they really understand what they're doing to begin with?
There is a different ending here than in the movie. Slightly, but enough to be a major tonal shift. Read it for that alone, but also read it if you've seen a movie. There's a reason why Polanski barely changed anything.
I first read Ira Levin's classic as a teenager, thirty some years ago, after seeing the classic movie and decided to revisit the novel when NBC remade the story into a miniseries (skip the miniseries and watch the original with Mia Farrow). ROSEMARY'S BABY is relatively short, simple read, and some of the attitudes and phrases are dated. In its simplicity, this novel does a great job of creating just enough tension and creepiness to keep readers turning the pages, even though most will probably know the story and ending.
I recommend this fun read and blast from the past for old and new generation fans. ROSEMARY'S BABY is one of those books you have to read once in your life.
I think I'll reread Levin's other creepy classic, THE STEPFORD WIVES next.