Rosemary's Baby (Rosemary's Baby #1)
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Well, this classic horror novel certainly hit the spot this month! You simply can’t go wrong with pure and ‘simple,’ subtle fright for some pre-Halloween entertainment. This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City, yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale! It has such a nightmarish quality that seeps into your psyche and makes you wonder on whom you can truly rely. Are people something other than what they appe ...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
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
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
عنوان: بچه ی رزمری؛ نویسنده آیرا لوین؛ مترجم: محمد قائد؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، نشر کلاغ، 1394، در 291 ص، شابک: 9786007656006؛
بچهٔ رُزمری، رمانی کوتاه یا داستانی بلند، از یکی از بهترین نمونه های ایجاد تعلیق میان وهم و واقعیت است. فیلمی درخشان که رومن پولانسکی از روی آن ساخت در بسیاری موارد برگردانِ سطر به سطر و حتی کلمه به کلمهٔ رمان آیرا لوین به تصویر است. پرداختن به فراواقعی معمولاً با دلهره و سایه روشنهایی پر رمز و راز همراه است. بچهٔ رُزمری دلهرهٔ ...more
If you've seen the movie, you've basically read the book. I never realized what a faithful adaptation Polanski made, down to entire passages of dialogue and what clothes the characters wore. That said, both the book and the movie are fantastic.
I have to give the movie the slight edge due to Mia Farrow's outstanding performance, but I had a great time reading this.
Note to self and others: beware of overly friendly neighbours.
This is amazing. At just over 200 pages, this novel takes you on a hell (excuse the pun) of a journey that you won’t forget anytime soon. Levin has managed to make a novel so witty, and at the same time, so terrifying. In a way, the tone of this book is reminiscent of American Psycho (or rather American Psycho is reminiscent of this as it came out afterwards), but rather ...more
This book just isn't the same without the accompanying film though, the vibrant bright colors of celluloid film and the excellent acting and soundtrack were what brought ...more
Mladi bračni par okreće novu stranicu u njihovim životima onda kada odluče da se presele u stan koji se nalazi u zloglasnoj zgradi Bamford. Rozmarin prijatelj Hač je bio najglasniji protiv selidbe zbog zloslutne prošlosti zgrade - ubistva, samoubistva pa i slučaj kanibalizma je samo deo te prošlosti. Gaj Vudhaus je glumac koji se bori za ...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 nail ...more
Okay, maybe a little, but don’t be mislead readers because there is so much more to this horror book that what the title indicates. This is a terrifying story about isolation, about control (and losing it), about spousal-abuse. About being horribly betrayed by people whom you should be able to trust. About sweet Rosemary, who despite her role as protagonist, has the least power of all.
"Before Rosemary’s Baby nature was the enemy, in the form of ghosts and death...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
Description: Kim Cattrall reads the classic best-selling horror about a young, newly married couple who move into a fashionable Manhattan block which harbours a terrifying secret.
A special Halloween one-off abridgement of this darkly brilliant tale of modern devilry by Ira Levin (The Boys From Brazil, The Stepford Wives) which later was faithfully adapted by Roman Polanski into an Academy award-winning film starring Mia Farrow. According to film-making leg ...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
Now that I have read the novel, I understand why I love the film. Rom ...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
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.
In Jesus' name I pray!
Even though I'm an agnostic, who occasionally flirts with atheism, I have a strong urge to steal a hanging incense burner from the closest church, and start swinging it around my apartment.
Είναι εκπληκτικό πως, ενώ από την αρχή βλέπουμε τα πάντα μόνο από την οπτική γωνία της Ρόζμαρυ, υπάρχει μια δυσκολία να δεθείς μαζί της, και αυτό οφείλεται στην αφήγηση που ξεκινά άχρωμη, με απλές παραθέσεις γεγονότων.
Στην πορεία ο Άιρα Λέβιν αλλάζει ταχύτητα, κλιμακωτά σε αφήνει να μπει ...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