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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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The book was excellent. Interestingly, when you follow reading a book with a movie (or visa-versa), there are always key plot differences. Directors don't always see the book translate completely with a movie. But, in this case, the book and movie were so close, they were almost indistinguishable in plot line. Sure, there were some minor details in the book I don't recall from the movie. For example, in the book, Levin makes a big deal about Rosemary's family being from Omaha, and goes into some detail about her earlier family life. But, I don't think these would have added to the movie.
Some readers who have seen the film may read this and realize it is so close that you visualize the movie as you read it. I found this personally problematic. As Rosemary was talking in the book, I heard Mia Farrow delivering the same lines from the movie in my head. All of the voices from the movie narrated or read their lines in my mind while I followed the book. While, again, I found the book particularly well written and enjoyable, this did distract me. I would recommend to anyone who has not seen the movie directed by Roman Polanski in 1968 - read the book before you watch the movie.
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.
I received this book free from goodreads in exchange for an open and honest review.
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.
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