Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

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by Ira Levin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1605981109

ISBN-13: 9781605981109

Pub. Date: 04/20/2010

Publisher: Pegasus

A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all...
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the…  See more details below

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A masterpiece of spellbinding suspense, where evil wears the most innocent face of all...
Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary's reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets' circle is not what it seems...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605981109
Publisher:
Pegasus
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
87,424
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Rosemary's Baby 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Levin weaves a tale of mystery and suspense in this deeply disturbing novel that I highly reccomend. Levin's to-the-point and matter-of-fact way of writing creates a unique contrast to the deeply unsettling content of 'Rosemary's Baby.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was so good! it usally takes me forever to read a book but I read this one really fast i could Not put it down.Its not really scary it more suspensful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reads like some of the most eccentric entries from The New Yorker. Much like Talk of the Town, the story slowly unravels from the pictaresque beginnings of a couple apartment hunting in NYC, to Rosemary's feminine hysteria manifested throughout her pregnancy. Ira Levin just knows how to craft the proper thriller, ending every chapter with reader left with the want of knowing what will happen next. Classic gothic horror that doesn't rely on cheap tricks to further the plot or tension. The occult topics are never overkilled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was anxious to read this book because of all the good reviews and the fact that I'm a horror genre junkie. This book wasn't quite what i was expecting. I found it very slow in the begining and it really didn't get interesting until the very last few chapters. Don't get me wrong, it was a great read but definately not that suspenseful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is suspenseful and good at points, but some of Rosemary's decisions are naive and not very believable especially as they occur in the dog eat dog world of new york city, which mars the overall force of the book. As if someone is going to wear a horrible smelling 'lucky charm' as a necklace, and drink some mystery herbal shake for months from some odd neighbors that live up stairs. Stuff like that. Actually the baby is more believable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. I just read this book recently, and it scared me just as much as William Blatty's 'The Exorcist'. Some might find the idea of Devil's Spawn or the Anti-christ unbelievable, but the writing is very realistic and convincing. This is a disturbing and suspenseful read. A must-read for all horror fans!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The A modern tale of deviltry in 1960s New York City, based on where evil is as close as your new neighbors is absolutely chilling. It estranged itself from the blood and gore of most ordinary horror stories and revolved around mounting tension, surrounding a blissful wife unsure about her pregnancy, and is face-to-face with good and evil at the stories shocking ending. A terrifying and gaudy book, a classic in the horror literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty Good Read But Could've Been Longer...
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A true horror classic. Read this when it first came out in the 1960's and it was just as frightening the second time around. Ira Levin spins a chilling tale that will keep your interest until the very last page. I read this in one afternoon. Just couldn't put it down. Suspense at it's best. It will leave you thinking - could this happen?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie well before I read the book. To be honest, I never knew there was a book. They are very close in comparison. Both are excellent and scary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finally got around to reading this and loved it. I love the film, and was pleased that for the most part they followed the book pretty well. It's a good and simple read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, quick read, and as with all of Levin's books, hard to stop thinking about long after you read it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book when it was first published and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then saw the Mia Farrow movie which was very true to the book and very enjoyable. Decided to read it again after seeing the TV remake which I thought wasn't quite as good as the original theatrical movie. Reading it now I noted several phrases and terms of speech which really date it. That said, it was still a very good horror story without all the slash and gore of many of today's books and movies. Certainly makes you think 'what if?'. I highly recommend this book, just overlook the 1960's terms of speech. ELR
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I've never see the movie but I'm glad I read the book! That plot was crazy good! I want to strangle Guy though what a a**hole! Very good book though! Wish the story was longer to see what happens next. Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Actually the horror in all this was the very skinny mia and the awful haircut before she went odder and started single parent adoption in new york with woody having dumped sinatra a very long tine ago for them and story/movie rsvp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this when it first came out in 1967, it was scary then, and it is still scary. Reading the reviews I wasn't surprised that most of the younger readers thought it moved slowly. What with slasher films and books that pretty much slap you in the face to get your attention right at the beginning, this book would seem to move slowly. But I believe the slow building of terror and horror is what makes this book stand the test of time. Also one reviewer said some of Rosemary's choices were naive and unbelievable because she lived in New York, but the New York of the 60's was quite different from the present time. In spite of the nearly 50 years that has passed since this was published, it remains a truly scary book. If you like this genre, you will like this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this novel. I experienced it for the first time via audio book years ago and have gone back to read it several times since.......and I'm not typically a re-reader of novels. The story never gets old and I'm constantly drawn into the lives of Woodhouse family, particularly Rosemary's mental and physical demise. In my mind Levin is the quintessential horror writer in that he lets your mind fill in the details. He leaves out the gory and grisly details that plague most horror genres these days. Leaving more to the imagination is what makes this novel a favorite of mine. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was excellent; I couldn't put it down! A must read for horror fans (e.g., The Omen style horror).
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Wonderfully written.