- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Pegasus Books; 50th Anniversary edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781681774664
- ISBN-13: 978-1681774664
- ASIN: 1681774666
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 386 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rosemary's Baby: A Novel (50th Anniversary Edition) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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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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Rosemary and her husband were really wanting to get into the Bramford apartment complex and right when they had signed a lease on another apartment it becomes available and Rosemary begs her husband Guy to get them out of the lease and into the Bramford. Wrong move on her part! :)
Not real long after they had been living there they meet an old couple who really seems to take over their lives but Rosemary doesn't see it until it's to late. Rosemary doesn't see a lot of things till it's too late. I know I keep saying wake up woman!
It wasn't to long after they met the old couple that Guy gets his big break in acting and it seems he is on fire with his career and then Rosemary gets pregnant and that is when the old couple really become a bit obsessed with her and the care of her baby, they even get her to go to a doctor they recommend, give her vitamin drinks, etc.
Like a lot of older horror it was more atmospheric than scary. The reader can see what his happening and is worried for Rosemary though she is a bit slow to realize what is happening. There was a few times I really wanted to scream at Rosemary for not catching onto things that were happening around her.
The ending is a little strange and well I don't know. I am not even sure what I was expecting. I do think I am glad that I read this one before seeing the movie and now I would like to watch the movie. (Seeing the movie ruined my enjoyment of The Exorcist novel).
I am reading this book called Paperbacks from Hell and it's the history of the horror industry from the 70's and 80's and the author says there was three books that really was a turning point for horror and those are The Exorcist, Rosemary's Baby and The Other. So I have one more to go and I will have all three read. :) Let me tell you this book is wreaking havoc on my TBR...lol.
Even though it's classed as horror I think I would put it as more suspense than horror, especially towards the end. I would recommend it to those who might like a little spooky suspense as it would be great for those who don't like to get to scared. I know a few of you out there...lol.
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.