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  • Hardcover
  • 308 pages
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Ira Levin
  • English
  • 23 December 2019
  • 0451194004

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  1. says:

    She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace eyes, smelled sulphur and tannis root, felt wet breath on her mouth, heard lust grunts and the breathing of onlookers 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 She opened her eyes and looked into yellow furnace eyes, smelled sulphur and tannis root, felt wet breath on her mouth, heard lust grunts and the breathing of onlookers 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 the first lease to take the open apartment in the Bramford After all, that is what Rosemary wants Whenever any of us look back on our lives, we can usually point to a specific moment in time when we made one decision that sent us down a pathway that led us, hopefully, only briefly, astray from the pursuit of happiness None of us, or maybe I should say few of us, can see the future We have to make our best guess, hopefully based onlogic than a hope of luck The apartment at the Bramford hadGothic overtones, detailed woodwork, and certainly ainteresting location than the other apartments the Woodhouses had looked at Although smaller than some of the other places, having a hip apartment, especially to young pseudo intellectuals, is muchimportant than a few extra square feet of space They should have kept the first lease on the other apartment I can t help but think of Bram Stoker every time the Bramford name dances before my eyes on the pages of this book Strange things have routinely happened in this apartment building Unexplained, sometimes brutal, deaths have occurred too frequently to be ignored, especially if you are an inquisitive man, such as Rosemary s dear friend Edward Hutchins He, on further investigation, finds that there are farsinister stories surrounding the history of that building than are known by the general public He discourages Rosemary from continuing to live there, but she is a rational, modern woman who doesn t believe that a building can have sinister connotations Polanski used the Dakota for the outside shots of the Bramwell building She might ignore the past and the warnings that come with it, but she does feel flutters of unease that are basedon what can easily be quantified as primordial superstition than on any real basis of fact Coincidences do happen and can seem ominous or alarming to someone who is already hearing the tap tap tap of paranoia on the door of reason Their next door neighbors are Roman and Minnie Castevet, who seem to be a well meaning, overly friendly, almost smothering, older couple They are delighted to hear the news when Rosemary is pregnant They suggest afashionable obstetrician and even a different regimen of vitamin enriched drinks than what her previous doctor had recommended Rosemary goes along because Guy is so insistent, but the longer it goes on, thesuspicious she becomes of everyone s motives Run, Rosemary, run I ve been wanting to read this book for years I ve put off watching the famous movie by Roman Polanski because I wanted to read the book first The story has become such a classic icon that people know the bare bones of the story without ever having read the book or seen the movie The pacing of the book is simply a superb example of a writer who knows how to build tension and unease By the time Rosemary is approaching the bassinet to see her baby for the first time, I was biting my knuckles, and the hackles on the back of my neck were not only raised but vibrating I know what she is going to see, but until I read the words, I can hold off fully realizing the implications I loved the fact that Rosemary is a reader Two books that were mentioned that stand out were Flight of the Falcon by Daphne Du Maurier and The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon I love it when books are part of the lives of the characters I read about I m a huge fan of Du Maurier and plan to read Rosemary s choice soon I was evenimpressed by her taking on Gibbon I have six volumes of Gibbon staring me in the face every time I pick my next book to read Yes, yes, I will read Gibbon I must read Gibbon to call myself a reasonably educated man Rosemary s Baby was published in 1967, the year of my birth, and has held up superbly, certainly much better than I have It is a quick, flashy read that will give chills and thrills to all but the most jaded modern reader If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


  2. says:

    The very rare case of a slow moving, nevertheless suspenseful soft horror novel mainly using characterization and worsening foreshadowing to thrill the reader.This one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I ve hardly ever seen performed this way It starts friendly, does a bit of creepy exposition, and getsanddisturbing for the lead protagonist, culminating in a great wtf moment Really, why can t it always The very rare case of a slow moving, nevertheless suspenseful soft horror novel mainly using characterization and worsening foreshadowing to thrill the reader.This one really stays in mind because of the end nobody would suspect and an accelerating thrill and feeling of discomfort I ve hardly ever seen performed this way It starts friendly, does a bit of creepy exposition, and getsanddisturbing for the lead protagonist, culminating in a great wtf moment Really, why can t it always be such a view spoiler peaceful end of letting the mother breed the antichrist instead of being cruel and taking the baby away from her It s especially staying in mind because, following the rules of Hollywood stereotypes, there has to be at least some gore, violence, or even a bad, depressing ending and not a kind of happy for parents and child, bad for the rest of the world, solution hide spoiler The sexism is a bit exaggerated, even for the late 60s, but how it shows the oldfashioned thoughts and mindsets surrounding motherhood and feminity has the extra bonus of a bit of social cultural studies, although I suppose that Levin possibly integrates a bit of his own mindset here too That s of course highly subjective and I don t know it, but it could be the explanation for the a bit over the top manly masculinity that is contrasted with and compensated by satanism and occultism but whatever, all the same 1st and 2nd millenium trash The today hilarious idea of a woman view spoiler so obedient to her husband and authorities such as doctors that she doesn t listen to the inner voice of logic or body signals and just stays in a meh, ok, do with me whatever pleases you mode, hide spoiler could be today s black comedy material view spoiler It s like an exaggerated, overlong horror movie stereotypical victim does nothing to prevent it s downfall while all warning signs are accumulating gag hide spoiler But a very well written one.It must be creepy to read this as a woman in general and especially as a mother, because it subverts the idea of pregnancy by dealing with the fear about the health of the unborn child view spoiler used to manipulate the pregnant protagonist hide spoiler I imagine it longer, withbam, blood, and gore, escalating to the end and followed by a worthy second part, not the seemingly bad if one believes the ratings, such as I tend to do, jay, collective intelligence.Tropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique


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    I knew from a young age that I probably didn t have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child I hated dolls they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood And if my parents were not convinced then, that I would never give them grandch I knew from a young age that I probably didn t have the maternal instinct that is necessary to raise a child I hated dolls they creeped me out, and instead of dressing up the ones I was given as gifts the dolls sat in the corner in various stages of undress while I wheeled my cat whiskers around in a baby carriage showing off his cute bonnets and frilly dresses He was the best dressed kitty in the neighborhood And if my parents were not convinced then, that I would never give them grandchildren they knew later on when in grade 7 the great baby egg school assignment was given I killed 5 egg babies in a week by accident of course , and ate the last one for breakfast when the experiment was over If I had read ROSEMARY S BABY when it first came out it definitely would have convinced me even further that making babies wasn t for meWhen a four bedroom apartment finally comes available in The Bramford building newlyweds Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse ignore the warnings from their friend Hutch that the building is cursed and excitedly sign a lease.Rosemary thinks The Bramford will be the perfect place to raise a child, and is hoping after they settle in Guy an aspiring actor, will warm to the idea of having a baby.Shortly after the couple move in Rosemary meets her first neighbor in the laundry room Terry a young woman, down on her luck, who has been welcomed in by the elderly couple next door The two new friends make a pact to do their laundry together on a weekly basis since they both find the basement a little scary and unpleasantbut before their next laundry date Terry falls to her death from the top of the building the police rule it a suicide.Rosemary is shaken, and at first can t believe that the cheerful and optimistic woman she met could have intentionally taken her life but after meeting the people that were caring for Terry Roman and Minnie Castevet she dismisses any questions she had The Castevets are a little odd but seem warm and friendly.and Guy is becoming quite close to Roman thinking of him as a father figure Who is she to judge especially since the closer Guy gets to Roman theenthusiastic he is about having a baby.Before she knows it Rosemary is pregnant, Guy s acting career blossoms and just when everything is going their waythe nightmare beginsROSEMARY S BABY is the third Ira Levin book I have read and I haven t been disappointed yet The only thing I wish is that I had read it loooooong ago because it would have been muchfun to have been surprised and shocked by the ending


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    Rosemary s Baby Rosemary s Baby 1 , Ira Levin 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 Rosemary s Baby Rosemary s Baby 1 , Ira Levin 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 for some time, but Guy wants to wait until he isestablished Rosemary and Guy are quickly welcomed to the Bramford by neighbors Minnie and Roman Castevet, an eccentric elderly couple Rosemary finds them meddlesome and absurd, but Guy begins paying them frequent visits After a theatrical rival suddenly goes blind, Guy is given an important part in a stage play Immediately afterward, Guy unexpectedly agrees with Rosemary that it is time to conceive their first child Guy s performance in the stage play brings him favorable notices and he is subsequently cast in other, increasingly important roles he soon begins to talk about a career in Hollywood After receiving a warning from a friend, who also becomes mysteriously ill, Rosemary discovers that her neighbors are the leaders of a Satanic coven, and she suspects they intend to steal her child and use it as a sacrifice to the Devil Despite her growing conviction, she is unable to convince anyone else and soon becomes certain that there is no one actually on her side, least of all her own husband Ultimately, Rosemary finds that she is wrong about the coven s reason for wanting the baby the baby that she delivers is the Antichrist, and Guy is not actually the father, Satan is 2017 1394 291 9786007656006


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    Disclaimer I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it s the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that s just sad and shame on you unless you don t like scary things, in which case you shouldn t even be on this page If you don t want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.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 Disclaimer I am not marking this review as containing spoilers, because honestly, it s the 21st century and if you know nothing about the book or the movie, then that s just sad and shame on you unless you don t like scary things, in which case you shouldn t even be on this page If you don t want to know anything about the story, then please stop reading here.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, then please stop reading here.I read this in honor of my friend who is pregnant and will be giving birth in approximately 26 dayds I want to make a lot of references to Rosemary s Baby to her every single day but that would be cruel because she also hates scary books movies So that s a bummer But this goes out to her I m a true friend.This is the story of Rosemary Woodhouse, a young woman married to a struggling actor named Guy whose real name, I am sorry to say, is Sherman a detail that doesn t come up in the movie, but I thought it was interesting enough to share who is your standard Sixties WASP Rosemary is your standard Sixties Housewife, all Here s your dinner, Guy and My poor husband with all his hard work They have an opportunity to move into the Bramford, a lovely apartment building that Rosemary s friend and mentor, Hutch, tries to discourage them from taking It s full of eeeeviiiiil They re all Pshaw, crazy ol Hutch and they take the place anyway because that s what people do when their friends warn them of evil.They re befriended by a meddlesome elderly couple, Roman and Minnie, who live down the hall from them Very quickly Guy s big break comes in the acting world, but at a price, as it turns out, because the only way anyone gets anything good in these sorts of books is if a deal is made with the devil Rosemary, however, is oblivious to all of this because she doesn t know her husband has gotten in cahoots with their neighbors outside of just randomly hanging out with them and talking to them which, I might add, wouldn t necessarily be strange on its own some people really do like hearing old peoples stories , but because Guy is a collosal prickon that to come , Rosemary is even a little confused by his interest towards them But because she s a good Sixties Housewife, she doesn t really think muchabout it Or about anything, really.Guy gets a bug up his ass suddenly and now he s all Let s make a baby and starts monitoring her cycle and being really creepy about it They share a romantic evening, Minnie brings over some questionable dessert for them to share, and soon Rosemary is drunk and Roofied because she was forced to eat the dessert despite the fact she didn t like it Her adoring husband puts her bed, but soon enough he s removing her clothes, and weird things appear to be happening but she thinks it s all a dream The next morning, however, when she s all scratched the shit up and sore she realizes that maybe something actually did happen She questions Guy who is all I was drunk too I couldn t contain myself You make a hot incapacitated lady, sort of like a corpse Whoopsies That s all paraphrased The exact quote is I didn t want to miss Baby Night Yeah, you re a dick.Rosemary feels pretty violated, rightly so, but convinces herself she s just being silly because Sixties Housewives aren t raped by their husbands, Guy has had a really hard time of things, she s sure she s just being sensitive Her feelings don t matter, it was probably her own fault for looking so sexy as an incapacitated corpse, right And he apologized, so therefore And then Guy gets even creepier about it Hey, you start your period yet No You must be pregnant and they bet a quarter on it because that s what a healthy married couple does.It does turn out that Rosemary is pregnant and she goes to a hot, Kildare type doctor that she feels really comfortable with, but then allows herself to be coerced by Minnie, et al to see their doctor, Dr Sapirstein Because Rosemary is not in fact in control of her own body, or the child growing within, she goes along with this plan because she s just a silly Sixties Housewife without a mind of her own.And Sapirstein He s all anti medication and Come see me every single week because that s not creepy and Don t talk to anyone ever again He allows Minnie to make these creepy drinks that Rosemary can drink that s full of things like tannis root and who knows what else And Rosemary is all Hey, great, I ll drink this, YOLO since the last time she ingested something Minnie made she was raped by her husband.Rosemary doesn t make all the best choices But don t get me wrong, I am not victim blaming.Of course then she has weeks of pain and she gets all gaunt, and Guy becomes the worst.Signs Guy is an asshole As previously stated, he rapes his wife view spoiler We don t yet know that in fact it was the devil raping her, but as far as I m concerned it doesn t really matter because Guy let it happen regardless hide spoiler while she is incapacitated and unable to give consent Tells her the new Vidal Sassoon hairstyle that she got is the worst mistake she has ever made in her entire life That s pretty harsh I m sure she s made bigger mistakes Like, I dunno, marrying Guy Calls her friends bitches when they show concern and try to take care of her during her pregnancy when she s all The pain The pain A guy who keeps his wife from her family and friends and then calls them names or feels threatened by their concern is not a good guy, kids Throws a fit when Rosemary says she wants to go back to the Kildare type doctor and uses money as an excuse and not wanting to hurt peoples feelings and stuff Uh, dude Her body, her decision I know that wasn t popular thinking in the Sixties, but you re still being creepy He throws away a book that was given to Rosemary by Hutch who had fallen in a coma and subsequently died It was the last thing he gave to her, though does that even matter You do not throw away your wife s books, especially on the pretense that you know better than her Period That s divorce material right there, buster.Oh, there s so muchI m sure, but those are really the highlights.Moving on from all of that, now So it turns out Roman and Minnie are part of a coven, most of the Bramford is in on it, and Guy is the newest member of the gaggle He made a deal with the devil that if the devil knocks up his wife and the coven gets to keep the devil baby, then Guy will have all the best roles Since he s an abusive husband who does not truly love his wife so much as he wants to control her, this seems like appropriate action.I ve seen some reviews where people are all This wasn t scary , to which I suggest maybe they re looking at the story in the wrong way and I don t mean that pretentiously This time Yes, there s a demonic force and the book and movie land on all the Top Horror lists and stuff But what makes it scary to me isn t the devil aspect because I m not a believer rather because of all the stuff I discuss somewhat jokingly above.It s a scary novel because Rosemary is property She has no control over her body, her decisions, her thoughts, her feelings She turns back to the Kildare type doctor and tells him all of her concerns and she thinks she s going to be saved and it turns out that he totally rats her out to Sapirstein and her husband Imagine the betrayal Imagine being in danger and not being able to turn to anyone because your husband has isolated you from everyone Imagine being forced to have sex with anyone demon or regular human and not have any say in the matter, and especially imagine that when the sole purpose was to create another human or, rather, devil spawn in this case Imagine then being told you have to see a certain doctor, you cannot talk to your friends, you cannot do any research on your own, you have to have these disgusting drinks your neighbor makes for you, you are just a little lady who has no valid thoughts on her own Imagine then being told you re prenatally crazy which I believe Guy tells her a couple of times towards the end Imagine you re told your child has died.I may have a very flippant reaction to all of the above because I make jokes about Sixties Housewives and all, but the true, scary truth of the matter is this book is still relevant today You hear about the war on women Which is a real thing, but if you want to be picky about it, what is especially concerning is the war on women s reproductive systems Even now, in 2014, there are some people who are not allowed access to birth control There are some people whose lives still mirror what Rosemary went through Hopefully without the devil spawn Women are still being told what they should do with their bodies, how they should dress, how they should smile, how they shouldn t be offended or uncomfortable when someone on the street says anything to them It s a compliment, lighten up , and on and on and on.This all happens Every day.Rosemary is given no choice in anything that happens to her throughout this novel Is it frustrating to see how quickly she bends to Guy s will Yes Is it her fault No.This is what makes this a horror novel The part about the devil and the coven is almost secondary Take those parts out and it s still a horror novel The sex scene is one of the scariest sex scenes in literature because we know what s really happening Rape.So, El, it totally sounds like you re super down on this book Why the high rating I know, it s contradictory, right There s anti Semitism, there are stereotypical references to women, blacks, and at least one Japanese character It s dated, granted.The movie is one of my all time favorite movies and I despise Polanski as a person The book is still a thrilling read It s not high literature, but it s a quick and engrossing read I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I found myself ranting at it.I think it s an important book, even if you want to pooh pooh it for being genre fiction There sgoing on in these pages than just what everyone claims makes it a horror novel All of the things I wrote about above are just as important today as ever, and I wishpeople would read this book so they can understand that Modern readers like to read this and laugh at it Yes, it seems laughable, doesn t it Except when you realize it s all so real, whether in 1967 or in 2014 There is a problem with our society, still, despite all of our advances There s still a lot of work to be done.That s what Rosemary Woodhouse taught me


  6. says:

    She didn t know if she was going mad or going sane 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 appeShe didn t know if she was going mad or going sane 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 appear to be on the surface Even those we most depend on can they betray our trust in them I absolutely loved the setting for this one Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are newly married, Guy is trying to establish his acting career, and the couple tosses around the idea of having their first baby But first Guy wants to settle into a new home and make a name for himself He is ambitious, and sweet Rosemary is supportive When the opportunity arises to secure an apartment at the highly sought after Bramford, the Woodhouses jump at the chanceThe Bramford, old, black, and elephantine, is a warren of high ceilinged apartments prized for their fireplaces and Victorian detailThe perfect backdrop for what is to follow For, the Bramford, despite its illustrious address, has a lurid history And we all know that history has a way of repeating itself I m not going to tell you muchlikely, you are familiar with the story already The movie was such a huge hit and is still popular even today If you don t know it, then suffice to say that this book should thoroughly scare the crap out of you For me personally, this brand of horror is the ultimate Forget about Jason, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or even Chucky grab a copy of Rosemary s Baby instead and be prepared for some exquisite terror While the overall plot is not dated, I should mention that occasionally the language itself is just that some racist vocabulary which I could do without This was sporadic and an unfortunate consequence of the time in which this was written, but worth mentioning for those that may be turned off Other than that, I do like Ira Levin s straightforward prose and his clever writing in both this as well as Deathtrap Next Levin novel up perhaps The Stepford Wives


  7. says:

    This is why I will never have children.


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    What shocks me most about reading Rosemary s Baby is what fantastic fiction it is Published in 1967, this thriller by Ira Levin flew off shelves and was adapted to film in 1968 by Roman Polanski into not only a prestigious studio picture but one that stands the test of time as one of the best horror films ever produced In an afterword penned in 2003 and included in this edition, Levin expresses surprise by how faithful the hit film was to his book preserving virtually all of the characters an What shocks me most about reading Rosemary s Baby is what fantastic fiction it is Published in 1967, this thriller by Ira Levin flew off shelves and was adapted to film in 1968 by Roman Polanski into not only a prestigious studio picture but one that stands the test of time as one of the best horror films ever produced In an afterword penned in 2003 and included in this edition, Levin expresses surprise by how faithful the hit film was to his book preserving virtually all of the characters and scenes and even much of the author s dialogue perhaps because no one told Polanski, making his first American film, that he was allowed to make changes.Opening with the pop and the sizzle of a tabloid photo, the novel centers on Rosemary Woodhouse, a Manhattan wife in her early twenties who with her husband Guy, a striving actor, are notified that a four room apartment has opened up in the Bramford, a 19th century building the couple has been wait listed for since their wedding The available 7th floor apartment was once the back of a luxurious ten room apartment, but even after being split, retains a large kitchen and bath, as well as five closets, one of which has been barricaded by a dresser it takes both Guy and the leasing agent to budge Inside the closet they find nothing but a vacuum cleaner and linen.Rosemary falls in love with 7E and is already planning to change the wallpaper as she urges Guy to get them out of a lease they ve signed on another apartment he phones in a fib to the landlord about joining a four month USO tour of Vietnam Born and raised in Omaha to a family of rigid Catholics she has separated herself from physically and spiritually, Rosemary believes in Guy, struggling to break out after minor roles in a couple of big plays and some commercial work that pays the bills He notes that the theaters are all within walking distance of the Bramford, but Rosemary s patriarchal friend Hutch, a writer of boys adventure novels, warns them against moving thereI don t know whether or not you know it, he said, buttering a roll, but the Bramford had rather an unpleasant reputation early in the century He looked up, saw that they didn t know and went on Along with the Isadora Duncans and Theodore Dreisers, he said, the Bramford has housed a considerable number of less attractive personages It s where the Trench sisters performed their little dietary experiments, and where Keith Kennedy held his parties Adrian Marcato lived there too and so did Pearl Ames Who where the Trench sisters Guy asked, and Rosemary asked, Who was Adrian Marcato The Trench sisters, Hutch said, were two proper Victorian ladies who were occasional cannibals They cooked and ate several young children, including a niece Lovely, Guy said.Hutch turned to Rosemary Adrian Marcato practiced witchcraft, he said He made quite a splash in the eighteen nineties by announcing that he had succeeded in conjuring up the living Satan He showed off a handful of hair and some claw parings, and apparently people believed him enough of them, at least, to form a mob that attacked and nearly killed him in the Bramford lobby Rosemary enthusiastically supervises the painting, furnishing and carpeting of her dream apartment, while Guy goes on auditions in the afternoon, his wife confident that his big break is coming Their neighbors are heard but not seen Minnie and Roman Castevet, an elderly couple who Guy concludes must be recluses or keep odd hours Entering the creepy basement laundry, Rosemary meets a young woman named Terry, who was found on the street by the Castevets and can t say enough kind things about them She shows Rosemary an amulet given to her for good luck it contains a moldy smelling substance Terry calls tannis root.When police find a jumper on the sidewalk, Rosemary and Guy help identify her as Terry They meet Minnie and Roman Castevet at the scene and Rosemary offers her condolences In the morning, Minnie Castevet pays Rosemary a visit to thank her An energetic and nosy old bat, but kind, Minnie invites the couple for dinner Guy tries to beg off, fearing that if they get too close to the old timers they ll never be rid of them, but over dinner, he s charmed by Roman s travel stories and his belief in Guy s potential Guy cancels their plans with friends so he can visit the Castevets again Rosemary finds it odd that their neighbors bare walls showed signs of picture frames being taken down.Rosemary begins to observe changes taking place around her Guy lands a big break when an actor he lost a lead role in a play to goes blind and Guy is offered the part He proposes to Rosemary that they have a baby, breaking his pattern of resistance to children On the night they re planning to conceive, Rosemary receives a strange phone call from her estranged sister, wary that something bad had happened to Rosemary Eating a chocolate mousse that Minnie prepared, Rosemary detects a chalky undertaste Guy brushes it off and urges his wife to finish the mousse anyway Dizziness sets in and Rosemary is taken to bed by her husband, where she has a vivid dream Below was a huge ballroom where on one side a church burned fiercely and on the other, a black bearded man stood glaring at her In the center was a bed She went to it and lay down, and was suddenly surrounded by naked men and women, ten or a dozen, with Guy among them They were elderly, the women grotesque and slack breasted Minne and her friend Laura Louise were there, and Roman in a black miter and black silk robe With a thin black wand he was drawing designs on her body, dipping the wand s point in a cup of red held for him by a sun browned man with a white moustache The point moved back and forth across her stomach and down ticklingly to the insides of her thighs The naked people were chanting flat, unmusical, foreign tongued syllables and a flute or clarinet accompanied them She s awake, see sees Guy whispered to Minnie He was large eyed, tense She don tsee, Minnie said As long as she ate the mouse she can t see nor hear She s like dead Now sing Rosemary s dream culminates in her rape by something inhuman and a conviction that it s really happening to her She wakes to discover scratches on her thighs Guy apologizes for having too much to drink last night as well, admitting that he had sex with her while she was passed out Rosemary is offended and feels her husband has become distant Late for her period, she visits Dr Hill, a young obstetrician recommended to her by a friend and receives the great news that she is pregnant Elated, Rosemary also shares with Guy her concerns over how they ve been treating each other He apologizes for neglecting her for his play and promises a new start.Guy rushes to share the baby announcement with the Castevets Minnie offers to get Rosemary an appointment with one of the top obstetricians in the country, a Dr Saperstein who is a good friend While Rosemary is content with Dr Hill, Guy urges her to accept the upgrade Fearful of the unknown, Rosemary also accepts a good luck charm from Minnie in the tannis root amulet like Terry had worn Visiting the elderly Dr Saperstein, Rosemary is ordered to ignore the baby books or advice of her friends and to drink an all natural milkshake he ll have Minnie Castevet prepare daily When Rosemary experiences prolonged abdominal pain, Dr Saperstein tells her it ll pass.Hutch visits Rosemary in 7E and is shocked by how much weight she s lost He questions the black candles in the apartment provided by Minnie and her amulet, packed with what smells like a fungus to him Hutch phones Rosemary and asks her to meet him in the morning, but suffers a stroke before she can speak to him His daughter ultimately delivers to Rosemary a parcel he meant for her Inside is a book titled All of Them Witches It offers clues that Roman Castevet is an anagram for Steven Marcato, Adrian Marcato s son, and their neighbors dabble in modern day witchcraft She presents her conspiracy theory to her husband Guy watched her for a moment What about Dr Saperstein he said Is he in the coven too She turned and looked at him After all, he said, there ve been maniac doctors, haven t there His big ambition is probably to make house calls on a broomstick She turned to the window again, her face sober No, I don t think he s one of them, she said He s too intelligent And besides, he s Jewish, Guy said and laughed Well, I m glad you ve exempted somebodyfrom your McCarthy type smear campaign Talk about witch hunting, wow And guilt by association I m not saying they re really witches, Rosemary said I know they haven t got realpower But there are people who dobelieve, even if we don t just the way my family believes that God hears their prayers and that the wafer is the actual body of Jesus Minnie and Roman believe theirreligion, believe and practice it I know they do and I m not going to take any chances with my baby s safety We re not going to sublet and move, Guy said Yes, we are, Rosemary said, turning to him.He picked up his new shirt We ll talk about it later, he said He lied to you, she said His father wasn t a producer He didn t have anything to do with the theater at all All right, so he s a bullthrower, Guy said who the hell isn t He went into the bedroom.Rosemary sat down next to the Scrabble set She closed it and, after a moment, opened the book and began to read the final chapter, Witchcraft and Satanism Guy came back in without the shirt I don t think you ought to read anyof that, he said.Rosemary said, I just want to read this last chapter Not today, honey, Guy said, coming to her You ve got yourself worked up enough as it is It s not good for you orthe baby He put his hand out and waited for her to give him the book.There have been plenty of novels about paranoia, with a protagonist confronted by incongruencies hinting at a mental breakdown or a massive conspiracy against him but Ira Levin operates on another level with Rosemary s Baby His protagonist is a pregnant woman heavily dependent on her husband and her social structure and thus vulnerable to them She finally wakes up and comes to fear that both she and her child are in danger Her evidence inconclusive and theory improbable, she s told she s overreacting While witchcraft is implausible, society s frequent mistrust of women is not This makes the terror of the novel plausible.As a protagonist, I don t cater sympathy for Rosemary Woodhouse, even as a woman of her era Desperate to escape the control of her family, she surrendered control of her life to a husband, a man whose stagecraft comes with certain perks Rosemary cut her deal with the devil at the county courthouse and Rosemary s Baby is about the devil coming to honor that contract Regardless of one s views of marriage, the novel can be enjoyed as sinister, delightfully executed suspense Levin writes with restraint and precision, introducing no detail he doesn t leverage later and engaging the reader s imagination to question whether anything supernatural is occurring at all.In 1966, schlock horror producer William Castle put in the highest bid for the film rights to Rosemary s Baby, but in need of financing, went to Paramount Pictures, where a young production head named Robert Evans bet that the material would be a match for a young European filmmaker he wanted to work with named Roman Polanski Evans used Polanski s love of skiing and promise of a skiing picture to get him to Los Angeles, where he convinced Polanski to consider Ira Levin s novel instead The film is a masterwork of unease, duplicity and slowly pulsating doom, with Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Sidney Blackmer and in her Academy Award winning role, Ruth Gordon


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    You can find this review andat Novel Notions 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 of th You can find this review andat Novel Notions 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 of the world who has never watched the movie Rosemary s Baby, or at least been exposed to the story Because I have in recent years developed a love for the horror genre, I m trying to read some of the backlist of books that make up the genre s classics As this is a tiny little novel, barely outside of the novella length, I decided that it would be my next foray into said classics I m glad to be able to say that I ve read it, and that s about all the good I have to say about this book I read it That s it.Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse are a recently married couple who find luck turning in their favor when an apartment becomes available at the prestigious Bramford The two move into their new home with glee and excitement, exulting in the building s quirks and motley assortment of tenants Two of these neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castevet, take the couple in as if they were long lost grandchildren Rosemary begins experiencing some odd happenings as her husband s acting career takes off and she finds herself finally pregnant with the child she s been longing for But her memory of the child s conception is hazy at best, and the few details she does recall sound like something from a fevered nightmare so she refuses to see them as real From there things spiral down for Rosemary She finds herself consumed by pain and paranoia, and utterly isolated She believes there is a malevolent force in her life, a conspiracy to steal her baby And she s not wrong This is because her child is not fully human You see, Guy isn t the father Lucifer is.Okay, let me air my problems with this book First, Rosemary is an incredibly weak and self absorbed protagonist, and I didn t find her the least bit likable I felt sympathy for her, of course she s facing a terrifying situation that I wouldn t wish on anyone But some of her choices infuriated me Yes, she did start fighting back near the end of her pregnancy, seeking to extract herself and her unborn child from their terrifying situation But before coming to that decision, she accepted just about anything she was told or given, even if she protested somewhere inside herself And when she would make a decision to see a different doctor or stop drinking Minnie s sketchy vitamin drink, she was fairly easy to convince to change her mind and fall back into her previous patterns Also, I couldn t stand Guy I m trying to think of acareless, callous, superficial character, but I m coming up blank I wanted to reach into the pages and strangle him, and give Rosemary a slap for not seeing through him sooner But what really blew my mind was Rosemary s decision at the end of the book I was totally baffled by her response, which I won t get into just in case you decide you do want to read it for yourself.There were a couple of redeeming qualities to this book which kept me from rating it with one star instead of two First, Levin had to have a massive set of figurative balls to stick with this ending It was risky and has been controversial since the book was first published Rarely does an author show evil winning the day, and that s what Levin does here Good doesn t suddenly appear out of nowhere to vanquish said evil It actually wins Second, even though there were many elements of the book that felt cliche, you have to remember that this novel was written before they were cliche, and isthan likely a large part of how these elements have become and remained so prevalent in pop culture I can see why other horror fans love this book, I honestly can But it really rubbed me the wrong way, especially theologically I believe that the devil is real, and I know that the Church of Satan is an actual religion practiced by real people My problem here was with how easily Rosemary, a lapsed Catholic, shrugs off this evil while believing that she could fight it singlehandedly This argument sounded fragile and watery even in her own mind, and I doubt that she truly believed it Rosemary s Baby is all kinds of messed up, but it s compelling, I ll give it that Read at your own risk, though, especially if you re a practicing monotheist Because Levin knows how to make believers in God feel super uncomfortable


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    ROSEMARY S BABY is creepy as HELL 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 ROSEMARY S BABY is creepy as HELL 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 nosy neighbors, smelly charms and potions, mysterious debilitating spells and suicides, and a very unpleasant and shocking encounter.This is no dreamThis is real.This is happeningEerie and quietly suspenseful throughout, a must read classic for true horror enthusiasts, but definitely not for everyone.


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Rosemary's BabyRosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late


About the Author: Ira Levin

Levin graduated from the Horace Mann School and New York University, where he majored in philosophy and English.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 into a movie in 1958, and co starred Don Knotts, Griffith s long time co star and friend No Time for Sergeants is generally considered the precursor to Gomer Pyle, USMC Levin s first novel,A Kiss Before Dying, was well received, earning him the 1954 Edgar Award for Best First Novel A Kiss Before Dying was turned into a movie twice, first in 1956, and again in 1991.Levin s best known play is Deathtrap, which holds the record as the longest running comedy thriller on Broadway and brought Levin his second Edgar Award In 1982, it was made into a film starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Caine.Levin s best known novel is Rosemary s Baby, a horror story of modern day satanism and the occult, set in Manhattan s Upper West Side It was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes Ruth Gordon won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance Roman Polanski, who wrote and directed the film, was nominated for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.Other Levin novels were turned into movies, including The Boys from Brazil in 1978 The Stepford Wives in 1975 and again in 2004 and Sliver in 1993 Stephen King has described Ira Levin as the Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores Chuck Palahniuk, in , calls Levin s writing a smart, updated version of the kind of folksy legends that cultures have always used Ira Levin died from a heart attack at his home in Manhattan, on 12 November 2007 He was seventy eight at the time of his death.