Nightmare? Passionate dream? Real? How could it be real? It can’t possibly be real.
Rosemary Woodhouse wants a baby. She is married to an actor named Guy. They have recently broken another lease to take an apartment in the exclusive Bramford Building. Guy, who glibly uses his acting skills to spin stories, has no difficulty extracting them from t ...more
Rosemary's Baby is a 1967 horror novel by American writer Ira Levin, his second published book. The book centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman who has just moved into the Bramford, an old Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building with her husband, Guy, a struggling actor. The pair is warned that the Bramford has a disturbing history involving witchcraft and murder, but they choose to overlook this. Rosemary has wanted children fo ...more
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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 This is a book very firmly set in the period of 1966 New York City, yet it never feels outdated on the creepiness scale!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 a ...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 same, complete with weird 'old'history.IfHELL!I ...more
Thanks, Mr. Levin. I hate it.
I had so many problems with this book. Because I feel the need to vent about said problems, there will be an abundance of spoilers in the review below. I’ll try to keep things as vague as possible, but yeah. Spoilers. If you’re unfamiliar with the story and have any desire to read it without prior knowledge, please skip reading this review.
You have been warned.
I feel like one of the very few people in my part ...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
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. Rosem4.75that ...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 cre ...more
My takeaways from the book (and film) – beware of kindly old busybody neighbors who are overbearing with their gifts. Never accept a smelly good-luck charm from said busybody neighbors. ...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 than ...more
All right, I don't want to be mean to senior citizens, but I do have my suspicions, OK?
Other than that I definitely enjoyed the book, it didn't feel much dated, on the opposite - it felt quite on time in times when we still have to debate ...more
This little novel certainly holds up a horror classic! Dark and twisted, this would be a wonderful (or terrible) book to read when pregnant. The ending was so bizarre, but I think I liked it. I don’t always connect with classic literature, but I found this one to be very accessible and engrossing. I would highly recommend it to other horror readers.
This review is going to contain some minor spoilers, because I just assumed that the majority of people has seen the movie anyway (like I did), or at least knows what the story is about.
I must admit that, if I wouldn't know how the plot of Rosemary's Baby was going to progress, I would have stopped reading this book after the first few chapters. The tension ...more
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 Rom ...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 and decay.”...more
‘Rosemary’s Baby’, by Ira Levin, is a wonderful novel! It begins slow, but then as the clues pile on, the plot thickens, gentle reader, like a ripening seed!
Rosemary’s belly is hurting terribly all of the time - four months so far.
Isn’t being pregnant supposed to be good news? She wanted and wanted a baby, but her young husband Guy Woodhouse, failing actor, always said maybe later.
Then, a lucky break! A five-room apartment becomes available at a surp ...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!
Now that I have read the novel, I understand why I love t ...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.< ...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 ...more