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Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  63,033 ratings  ·  1,434 reviews
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Signet (first published 1967)
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Delee

I knew from a young age that I probably didn't have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child. I hated dolls- they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts- the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress- while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage- showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses. He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood. And if my parents were not convinced then, that I would never give them grandch
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Abbie
holy mother of fucksticles
that
was
aye-maze-ing
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary and her husband Guy are moving, looking for an apartment to have their children. When a place opens up at Bramford, they do all they can to get it, but it may have been the worst decision of their lives...

Rosemary and Guy have been married for several years, Guy is a failing actor, he just can't find any jobs. Rosemary is a housewife and only thinks about having chil
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Mariel
Feb 09, 2011 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I'm afraid of karma
Recommended to Mariel by: the movies
This is why I will never have children.
El
Disclaimer: I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it's the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that's just sad and shame on you (unless you don't like scary things, in which case you shouldn't even be on this page). If you don't want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.

Disclaimer 2: This is probably going to be a long review because I have a lot of thoughts. If you don't want to read a long review, th
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Stefan Yates
I would like to start of this review by posting a special NOTICE for folks who own this novel from THE STEPHEN KING HORROR LIBRARY and have not read the novel before. DO NOT read the forward by Stephen King until after you have read the novel. I love King. I love King's analysis and opinions on things. But this is the first time that I have read something written by Stephen King that made me want to punch the man in the face. I don't mean that literally of course, but it's the best way that I ca ...more
Josh
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Bill
Jul 09, 2013 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
This is more like it.

Prior to reading this, I was a month and 800 pages into George R.R. Martin's Storm of Swords, a sprawling epic with dozens of characters and several storylines.
After stumbling across severe spoilers, and still 400 pages to go, I threw in the towel. I was burnt out on the story, and was getting much more excited about my to-read pile than the book I was reading. It was time to stop.

This is what I needed: A nice & tidy, straightforward story.

Man, it has got to be over 30 y
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Becky
4.5 Stars

I admit that I'm a little torn on what to rate this book, so I split the difference, although I'm really tempted to go all StarSearch up in this piece and do 4.75 stars. (Wait, did they have a 5 star rating system? No, I think it was only 4. Crap. Well, anyway, you get the point. That is, unless you're younger than me and don't even know what StarSearch is. In that case, you're a jerk, and go away.)

Anyway, I'm torn because, having seen the movie before, I think that Roman Polanski naile
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Franco  Santos
Buen libro. Está catalogado como clásico de la literatura del terror, pero por mi parte tengo que decir que miedo no me dio. Quizás las últimas cincuenta páginas me hayan incomodado, sin embargo no pasa de eso.

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Es una novela muy rápida y amena, con mucho diálogo. Ya al principio Ira Levin nos siembra el misterio y nos invita a creer en cosas que están más allá de nuestra percepción de la realidad.

En fin, entretenido, para pasar el rato. Se lee de una sentada.
Amanda
Light reading to get you in the mood for Halloween. I didn't find it scary, though. I could stay up reading it late at night without getting the creeps or having weird dreams. It was even kind of funny, especially in the end when she looks in the bassinet and what she does afterward. Maybe it would have been scarier if I had read it back in the late 60's when it was written.

One thing that caught me off guard every time was how the author kept referring to the black elevator operator as "Negro bo
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Chad Bearden
I'd seen the film "Rosemary's Baby" many years ago, so before I cracked open the book, I already knew what it was about, and its 'shocking' ending. I remember the ending of the movie making me laugh out loud, not because it was too silly, but because it struck a perfect tone of absurdity and creepiness. As I started the novel, I was afraid know the ending would dampen my enjoyment of the read, but fortunately, Ira Levin employed such a deft touch in this work, that there is a sense of fun that k ...more
Rade
I really like this story. It is a bit dated now seeing how many movies and books came out on the subject of possessions, demons, and ghosts, but it is still a really nice classic book that most of us can enjoy. I like how in this book each chapter reveals a bit more to the whole drama and it keeps you wanting more. It does not just unload the facts and move on with character developments. Instead it makes the characters behave in a way that is constantly changing based on the information they ar ...more
Kathryn
Dec 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Horror
Recommended to Kathryn by: Alondra and Jesse
4.5 stars.

For a book I was afraid to read at night because it felt so dark and sinister, I could not put this book down today. I think I have a record reading speed with this one.

There is a very dark feel to this book. Once I started to read Rosemary's Baby, I began to feel like something wasn't right with the picture Levin was painting with Rosemary, Guy, Minnie, and Roman. The constant mentioning of certain things made a point to the reader, (if you're paying attention), how important those
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David
If you have managed to live this long without knowing how this book ends, read no further. Major spoilers are on the way!

This first 90% of this book is masterful. Ira Levin does a brilliant job, via a limited-omniscient narrative POV, of creating a feeling of paranoid claustrophobia as Rosemary Woodhouse becomes increasingly covinced that everyone around her (including her doctor and her husband) are plotting against her and her unborn baby. But then the last 10% of the book destroys it all. Whe
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
I decided to read this book after seeing it mentioned in several places. And I must say it was worth it. The starting of the book,the introduction of the characters were natural. The build-up of the story created a feeling of gradual rising of horror. It was like some intense opera-style music was playing in the background. Throughout the story,one can feel the pressure. There is always an it's-not-what-it-seems feeling in each and every situation. But I must say that I didn't like the ending. M ...more
Jennifer
OMG, so scarily NORMAL! Like, "Oh, here's your new apartment, meet your new neighbors, and by the way, we worship Satan every other Wednesday. Hope you can make it!" Love it. Also a kick-ass NYC novel.
David
A classic psychological thriller made especially for 1960s Baby Boomers. In some respects it is a quaint little time capsule and in others it is a strong, compelling, frightful Morality Play.

The "quaint" part is great fun. Rosemary and Guy inhabit a world wherein mothers-to-be can drink alcohol but are cautioned against reaching for that third or fourth cocktail...until they have some food "on their stomachs"; wherein pregnant women are discouraged from smoking but may spend all nine months in a
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Paige
OMG this book! Peter really liked Stepford Wives & suggested we read this one, by the same author, right after. And, well, it is really captivating. It's been a couple days since we finished and I still find myself thinking about it a lot. The morning we finished reading it I woke up thinking about Rosemary's Baby. This guy is just a really effective writer.

I didn't really find it SCARY at all, like: it doesn't make me afraid to be alone at night, it doesn't give me jumpy feelings, I'm not s
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Derrick
Fairly short pop novel about a satanic plan to hijack a woman's womb. Reads quickly. Levin didn't write literature, but he has a nice turn of phrase now and then. The book would probably be suspenseful, if I hadn't already seen the film. On that note, it's amazing how closely the film follows the book.

The idea that a secret coven of satanists could be conducting black masses in the apartment next door seems a bit silly today. But I grew up a Southern Baptist in the 1980's, and we took this stuf
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Jessica Phillip
Nov 22, 2007 Jessica Phillip rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: eh. . . people who liked the movie, I guess.
Shelves: horror
When published in 1967, Rosemary's Baby was one of the first contemporary horror novels to become a national bestseller. Ira Levin's second novel (he went on to write such fine thrillers as A Kiss Before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil), Rosemary's Baby, remains perhaps his best work. The author's mainstream "this is how it really happened" style undeniably also made the novel his most widely imitated. The plot line is deceptively simple: What if you were a happily married yo ...more
Lord Beardsley
And by amazing, I mean AMAZINGLY AWFUL!

This novel makes 'The Wicker Man' look like cinema vérité, and YES I am referring to the shiteous remake starring Nichoals Cage. If you love kitsch and over-the-top sensationalistic pulp fiction, plus Satanism hysteria: here's the book for you! Ira Levin writes like the best hack writer of all time. This is a guilty pleasure times...oh...a bazillion! Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are the world's corniest, annoying couple ever. By the end, I'm actually glad the
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R.
Rosemary's demon babies
we'll make our nightmares come true
demon babies
we'll do the same to you

When your neighbors are kinda weird
and bring you milkshake drinks
just close your eyes and tell yourself
that that tannis root don't stink

I like grimoires!
I like spooky chants!
I love black candles!
Andrew John Woodhouse dance!

I've got my broomstick!
I fly through the air!
I play the recorder!
And I've got yellow eyes and red hair!

Is everything all right in here?
Yes, Minnie!

Demon, demon, demon
bay-bay-bay-biie
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Arwen56
Letto quasi vent’anni fa, il modo più raffinato che mi sovviene per definirlo è dire che è una cagata pazzesca. Immaginate un po’, quindi, cosa non sarebbe uscito dalla mia tastiera se non mi fossi imposta di moderare il linguaggio. :-D

All’epoca ebbe, però, un discreto successo, anche per via del film diretto da Roman Polanski, con Mia Farrow e John Cassavetes. Ma da qualsiasi parte la si rigiri, una stronzata resta una stronzata, nonostante utilizzi il tema classico della vendita dell’anima al
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Meli
No fue lo que esperaba, tenía entendido que era tremendo, así que esperaba algo realmente muy tenebroso y retorcido, pero a la vez me sorprendió y gustó mucho. Hasta me conmovió, así como lo leen jaja

Algunas cosas me gustaron especialmente, como la discordancia entre la parejita feliz del principio y la del final, me gustó notar como despacito y progresivamente la relación iba mutando. Muy bien trabajado.

Otras cosas me ponían un poco nerviosa.

Rosemary peca un poquitín de ingenua, no puede no d
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Claire Stevens
Rosemary's Baby is really a very short novel, but Ira Levin manages to pack an awful lot in. The action opens with Rosemary Woodhouse and her out-of-work actor husband Guy being told that their name has come up on an apartment block that they were desperate to move into. They seize the opportunity and, against the advice of a friend who warns them of the building's creepy history, move in and soon after Rosemary becomes pregnant.

As Rosemary's pregnancy gradually starts to take a toll on her heal
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Jen Estrella
A whole lotta hype with this book. A whole lotta hype that didn't play out- not for me anyway.

I kept hearing people say how this was the scariest book of all time. So scary, so creepy, so frightening.

So I kept waiting for the scary part to happen, but they never came. E even the creep factor was minimal. I will admit the part when Rosemary starts gnawing on raw meat turned my stomach a bit, but the rest of the book was pretty tepid.

There was a whole lot of set up, the entire book was basically
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Sandi
Here's the only review disclaimer you're going to get: I will not be concerning myself about spoilers here. This book is 45 years old and both it and the film adaptation are iconic works. If you don't know what Rosemary's baby is, don't read any further.

It's a bit odd reading a 45 year old book when you know the story but not the details. I've never read the book and have only seen fragments of the movie. One of the things I had to do was put it in the context of its time. Rosemary's Baby was pu
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Lou
After reading Exorcist a frightening cult classic book, also associated with a movie, I wanted something along the similar lines so the title of this novel attracted my attention. I expected too much this novel who have been suited with a more fitting title like " Rosemary's pregnancy. The story turned out quite a mediocre turmoil of family story. Most of the story was centred on the pregnancy and the fateful end of individuals residing in a certain home. The story was average family type story, ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
I loved the old school feel to this book. It doesn't attempt to ram any gratuitous violence or gore down the reader's throat. The steady build up of tension is what gets to you. It is creepy as hell (a terrible pun, I know) and disturbing, which is the whole point, I should think. The characters, however, are another story. Rosemary herself, for instance, is the most passive person to ever grace the pages of a 'horror' novel. She is apparently unable to think or act at appropriate times. It bord ...more
Pablo Guzmán
No sé si debería llamar clásico del terror a esta novela, sin embargo, muy popular y casi de culto sí es. La semilla del diablo (o El bebé de Rosemary, porque ese título es perfecto y no un desagradable spoiler como el elegido por Ediciones B) es un libro de suspenso que mantiene en vilo al lector hasta el final, preguntándose qué está sucediendo, mientras una atmósfera densa y bien lograda que funciona a la perfección con el resto del relato. Aquí conocemos a Rosemary, una joven casada con el a ...more
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Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.

After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.

Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int
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