Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1)
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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 ...more
I truly had no intention of reading this novel until I realized Ira Levin was the author. He sure could write creepy-scary too, and as with his other novels, he moves right along in the telling describing a 1966 New York City setting, young newlyweds Rosemary and Guy, and their new place of residence in the 'old' Bramford apartment building with a very dark history.
If you've only seen the scary as HELL movie, you'll find the book very similar, if not exactly the...more
4.75 This is no dream, she thought. This is real, this is happening. stars.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ein Albtraum zwischen Hoffen und Bangen, Phantasie und Realität.
Rosemary und ihr Mann Guy, ein Schauspieler, ziehen in das "Bramford-House". Ein alter Freund versucht sie zu warnen, vergeblich. Dieses Haus ist berüchtigt für viele Selbstmorde und Morde, die in vergangenen Zeiten stattfanden. Sie ist dermaßen begeistert, dass sie sämtliche Warnungen in den Wind schlägt.
Kurz darauf begeht ein junges Mädchen, mit dem sie sich angefreundet hat, Selbstmord. Sie ist erschüttert, doch di ...more
I really quite liked it! It wasn't scary but there was a nice tension throughout the book and a great climax.
If you like the movie, there's a good chance you'll enjoy the novel as well. Both are very similar and Polanski's Rosemary's Baby is easily one of the best horror adaptations out there.
Overall, a good way to start the #SpookyBRB month!
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 ...more
S druge strane - crne sveće, ponoćne mise, orgije u slavu Satane, veštičarenje, crne mašnice (da), crna kolica za bebu, crna benkica za bebu, srebrni privesci protivu uroka i toliko goth estetike od koje ćete pomisliti da se nalazite na rođendanskoj žurci Varga Vikernesa*.
Čisto sumnjam da bi Nečas ...more
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 ...more
Αν και δε θα το έλεγα ακριβώς τρόμου, είναι μια ιστορία που δημιουργεί αρκετά άβολα συναισθήματα με αποκορύφωμα το επικό φινάλε. Οφείλω να ομολογήσω ότι καθόλη τη διάρκεια του βιβλίου θεωρούσα ότι πολλές σκηνές ήταν περιττές και υπήρχαν απλά για να ...more
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.
One thing that caught me off guard every time was how the author kept referring to the black elevator operator as "Negro bo ...more
The horror of this book is not the devil, nor his baby-demon. The horror of this book is represented by the corrupt, deranged mortals who surround Rosemary, all of them led by Guy, her husband. He sold his wife's body for success. He drugged her, stood there and watched his wife being rapped by the devil.
He stood there and watched her conceive the devil's child... and getting tortured by the creature inside her for months.
And he stood there and watched while Rosemary was being used as a cow to ...more
But the novel works, and it works very well, and NOT as a horror novel about Satan. In fact, it works because it's not really about Satan or witchcraft at all. This is a nov ...more
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 ...more
I don't want to spoil much of the plot but if you're into a creepy horror story without too much gore, and a good, built up plot, this is your pick. Ira Levin has a new fan! I ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more