The Stepford Wives
At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the p ...more
Katharine Ross stars in the 1975 movie version
Joanna Eberhart is an accomplished photographer. A woman comfortable with herself, in love with her husband, and raising two cha ...more
Originally and commonly misunderstood to remark upon the growing feminist movement in the late sixties it is instead a scathing indictment on conservative attacks on women’s liberation.
Levin describes a family that has recently moved into the quiet suburban township of Stepford, where a caste of upwardly mobile male professionals have barricaded themselves into an ...more
Turns out, one of the books in my new stack of arrivals was written just two years after Moving On (McMurtry's novel came ...more
The Stepford Wives is a paranoid thriller by Ira Levin. There is also quite a bit of social satire as well. What would a community be like if all the women behaved like the stereotypical 1950's style housewife?
It's a pretty ...more
There's a frightening secret in the town of Stepford, and Joanna & Bobbie hope to get out of Dodge before it's too late, but the Men's Association is powerful and time is running out.
THE STEPFORD WIVES is a creepy little satirical novella that proves (some) men are pretty shallow or really were afraid of the Women's Liberation Movement!
Suspenseful and deadly read!
“I want to wish you a sincere and hearty ‘Welcome to Stepford.’”
A quaint little hamlet nestled somewhere in Connecticut, Stepford is a place where you can buy your dream home for a mere $52,500 (obviously this book is kinda an oldie but a goodie), your children will attend Grade-A schools and have plenty of friends to play with, and your husband can unwind after a rough day at the office at the local Men’s Club . . . . .
And how will ...more
The amazing thing about this story is its wide-reaching cultural impact. Whether you've read the book or seen any of the film versions, when you hear the term "Stepford wife", you know what it refers to: an immaculate woman in a 1950's throwback poodle skirt, with an impressive rack - and a glassy, eerie gaze. She's "so busy" with her housework and pleasing the husband she is so lucky to have, she doesn't have time for anything else.
The idea behind this chilling soci ...more
The Stepford Wives is one of the popular books of the 1970s that I somehow overlooked, though I did see the 1975 movie on television years later. What recently prompted me to finally read the book was an article at JSTOR Daily titled “Sex ...more
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Is this a feminist book?
I just read this book called YOU PLAY THE GIRL, a book of essays about pop culture written through a feminist lens, and one of the essays was about Stepford Wives - I seem to recall the author juxtaposed it against the Desperate Housewives and writing a good deal about what it means to be a "housewife," whether you're a good one or a dysfunctional one. I really liked what the author had to say, and it actually motiva ...more
When it all boils down you gonna find in the endClearly Dr. Dre has never been to Stepford. You can make ANYONE a housewife there.
A bitch is a bitch, but a dog is a man's best friend
So what you found you a hoe that you like
But you can't make a hoe a housewife
In October 2011, I read Rosemary's Baby, and it was amazing. I'm glad that I read it before this one, though, because I feel like if I had read Stepford on its own, I might not have gotten as much out of it as I did, even though that's st ...more
"The Stepford Wives" is one of those rare horror novels that reads even more creepily when you already know the twist at the end. I read it when I was younger and merely liked it; now that I'm older and re-reading it, I find it absolutely terrifying.
The most terrifying thing about the Stepford men isn't that they objectify their wives into sex-slaves and cleaning-bots; no, the most terrifying thing about the Stepford men is that they don't *seem* like the kind ...more
Had I not already known the ending this would have been decently suspenseful.
Levin has an interesting style. The Stepford Wives is worth the read.
This book is even scarier than the original movie, although the movie provides more background and explanation as to how the murderous bits would actually work.
While some of the organizations and details in the story may be "dated," the core horror of this book is still -- and will always be -- with us:
How well do you really know your significant other?
If your husband could have the woman of his dreams, would he ...more
I never normally read a lot of one author’s work, unless I feel there is something exceptional there. Last year, my favourite book was Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, so I instantly wanted to pick his work back up again, but I got side-tracked. Finally, thanks to the wonderful Inside My Library Mind, I’ve picked up my second book of his, and wow, whaddya know? It’s another 5 star read!
I am amazed at t ...more
I think the book is alot more ambiguous than the fil ...more
My main problem and probably the reason I'm so disappointed can be summed up this way, on the back of the book there is this a praise by Stephen King:
"Every novel [Ira Levin] has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel." - Stephen King
I absolutely agree that Ira Levin is an amazing writer and to have come up with and popularized this story I give him full credit and praise. However ...more
I think along with such titles as The Day of the Triffids, The shining, (the list can go on and on) Stepford Wives is one of those books that is instantly recognised but is not so easily recounted. I have know of the film from my early days of following science fiction (it was often listed along side Westworld as classic in robots are replacing us lists) b ...more
The beginning was quite slow. It was basically just introducing characters and setting the scene of Stepford. But once Joanna started noticing things with the women of Stepford, I couldn't put it down. I read it in about 1-2 hours.
I love how it's not a typical horror that we'd see now. Everything is just very ominous, building up the suspense and nothing is very clear. I found the changes in ...more
The Stepford Wives is the crème-de-la-crème of speculative fiction and horror. It's an extremely tense and quick read that Ira Levin wrote as a direct commentary on the burgeoning “second wave” feminism movement of the 1970s. Levin’s tale is a revenge fantasy of sorts, a somewhat satirical prod towards women ...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