Stepford Wives / Edition 1

Stepford Wives / Edition 1

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by Ira Levin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060738197

ISBN-13: 2900060738197

Pub. Date: 05/25/2004

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

"For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret - a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same." At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a commentary on a media-driven society that values the…  See more details below

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"For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret - a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same." At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.

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ISBN-13:
2900060738197
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/25/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
208

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Stepford Wives 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
songcatchers More than 1 year ago
At the heart of this novel is a mockery of conformity and a satire of "the oppressors and their desires". After Joanna and her family move to Stepford, she sees that something about the women isn't quite right. All they do is smile and clean their houses. They are pleasant but very distant. They are all the same. Except for two other women who are also recent arrivals in the too perfect town of Stepford. Those two other women eventually conform to the domesticity of the Stepford women. Joanna is left to wonder at the conversion her two friends go through. Did they conform by choice or is there something in the water that changes the women of this town or worse? Is it something the men are doing to their women to make them especially beautiful and diligent in their housework? The Stepford Wives is highly readable, witty and clever. To quote Peter Straub in the introduction of this book, "Like everything else he [Ira Levin] has written, this book resembles a bird in flight, a haiku, a Chinese calligrapher's brushstroke. With no wasted motion, it gets precisely where it wants to go."
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a few reviews that say, this book isn't good because it isn't like the movie. You can't blame the book for not being like the movie. The book came first and, therefore, it is the movie that twisted and augmented the meaning of the novel. Having said that, it was definitely a good read - a very dark and interestingly creepy plot. I would recommend this book not the 2004 remake of the film, though. I haven't seen the older version, so I don't know if it does the book justice, but if it did, it would definitely be a good watch. For now, however, this book is definitely a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldnt put this book down! it's a classic must- read and reminds me of the area around my country house in Plandome, Long Island, New York. It's a great lesson to all of those suburbanites about repression and the darkness of soccer moms.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book a year or so after it was published and AFTER I'd made my first trip to DisneyWorld. The impact was tremendous. I remember not being able to put the book down and having a little shiver go down my spine. Folks who read the book now, especially anyone who saw the remake of the movie, won't get the full impact of the story. I think you had to read it in the proper timeframe of it's initial release to get the full effect. Still, it's a chilling thriller that packs a wallop.
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Loved it. Surprised that some people dont get it.
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I was a bit doubtful at first, seeing that the book was only 92 pages - I wasn't sure it would be able to tell a thorough story or fully build the characters. I was wrong. This book was a great read. The suspense builds with each page, and by the end you are dying to find out what happens to the main character, Joanna. I will be reading other Ira Levin stories soon.
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